Lifan Industry Co., Ltd. is a Chinese automobile and motorcycle manufacturer originated in Chongqing, China. This privately owned corporation was discovered in 1992 but only began the works of their vehicles in 2005. They started their lineup with small sedans and microvans that they personally built in-house.
Right now, they have expanded their lineup to dirt bike engines, mini-vehicles, passenger cars, microvans, entry-level motorcycles, and commercial trucks. Aside from manufacturing vehicles, they also produce wines and sports shoes. In the world market, Lifan is famous for selling small passenger cars.
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Lifan was started by Yin Mingshan and is currently employing almost 14,000 people. Coming from politics, Mingshan decided to start a small repair shop specializing in motorcycles. with nine workers. He had so many conflicts with the government but he has a fine relationship with the Chinese Communist Party.
Lifan’s original name was Chongqing Hongda Auto Fittings Research Centre. In 1997, it was then changed to Lifan Industry Group. In 2003, it expanded its manufacturing prowess and manufactured buses. A year after, they were called as the biggest private motorcycle producer in China. In 2009, it trickled down to the fifth spot when other bigger companies reigned.
In 2003 as well, Lifan purchased another company named Chongqing Special Purpose Use Vehicle Manufacturing Co. Ltd. Two years after, they were already able to create their own car that they named 520 sedan running in a Brazilian Tritec engine. In 2011, Lifan offered the following vehicles – compact sedan 520, hatchback 520, X60 compact SUV, mid-sized 620 sedan, and the subcompact 620.
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In 2011, Lifan announced a revenue of USD$1.83 Billion and a profit of USD$62 Million. Currently they have two car assembly factories in China. To increase the level of production and their world market sales, they also built manufacturing plants in Iran, Thailand, Vietnam, and Turkey.
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As the very first car manufactured by then-rising Chinese automobile manufacturer, Lifan, the Lifan 520 was supposed to make an impact in both its home country and abroad. Circumstances dictated otherwise, with the limited Lifan 520 review sources available online!
But still, this car, which was in production from 2006 to 2012, had so much promise. Particularly the Lifan 520 engine, which came in different variants, was supposed to give an edge for drivers craving for the power to choose.
Nevertheless, the car still made an impression locally and in some countries it was exported to. One particular case would be Russia, with the vehicle enjoying a fun following.
Lifan 520 Variants
- Lifan 520 1.6 VIP
- Lifan 520 1.3 DX
- Lifan 520 1.3 LX
- Lifan 520 1.6 LX
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The Lifan 320 is a compact car designed and produced by Lifan, a Russian automaker. Its design has similarities with models from Mini. It was first introduced to the public at the Beijing Auto Show in 2008. The Lifan 320 was sold in China and other markets including Peru.
Lifan 320 Variants
– Lifan 320 Ex
Lifan 620 Variants
- Lifan 620 1.6 LX
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