Far from being cheap and nasty, the Changan CS55 is in fact a worthy competitor to many cars costing twice the price. The company’s bosses say they’ll prioritise the domestic market first before rolling out later models to Europe and the US, but initial feedback suggests a few choice changes would make the cars appeal to British buyers. On quality, comfort, space and style at least, Changan is more than halfway there.

Changan is the biggest global car manufacturer you’ve never heard of. The brand is more than 100 years old, in fact, and in 2016 alone produced nearly three million vehicles – including cars, vans and SUVs.

Most of these are sold in its home market of China, but with more than 6,000 service facilities across 60 countries worldwide, Changan also has a big presence in South America, the Middle East and Russia.

With new research and development centres in Italy, the US and even Britain, the company is ready to take its next step. Brand bosses suggest a European launch is still up to a decade away, but to see if Changan is ready to conquer established brands like Citroen, Hyundai, Kia and Renault, we took a trip to the firm’s headquarters in Chongqing for a test drive of its latest model – the CS55.

Comments

    • xeniosaias
      xeniosaias

      well it does look good but how reliable?

      about 1 year ago