China’s Chongqing Changan is entering the lion’s den. The Chinese joint venture partner of Ford, Suzuki, and PSA will open a research center in Detroit and draw from the rich talent pool. Changan will become the first Chinese automobile company to establish such a center in the US, Gasgoo says.
Changan’s research center will focus on chassis research, design, development and construction. The results of the research will be applied to upcoming mid- and high-grade sedans and multi-purpose SUVs. “Establishing the US research center will supply Changan Motors with international automobile science and technology and will be an important driving force in improving the global automobile industry,” said company CEO Xu Liuping.
Changan has previously opened research centers in Turin, Yokohama and Nottingham, UK. Changan is China’s fourth largest automaker, a state owned enterprise with China Weaponry Equipment as parent.[