Beijing-Benz DaimlerChrysler Automotive
Predecessor Beijing Jeep Corporation
Founded 2005
Headquarters , China
Products Automobiles
Owner(s) Daimler AG
Beijing Benz - Daimler Chrysler Automotive Co Ltd (
) is a Chinese car manufacturer.

This joint venture is co-owned by Daimler AG and Beiqi.[1]

It assembles and manufactures the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and C-Class.[2] 2011 will see the GLK-Class crossover added to its model line.[3] Some Mercedes-branded offerings sold in China, the S-Class for example, are imported by Mercedes-Benz (China) Ltd.[4]

Sales in 2010 were expected to reach 50,000 units a small reduction from the 67,000 of the prior year in a highly-competitive marketplace.[5] 2008 production capacity was estimated at 100,000 units/year.[6] Production capacity figures may consider engines and vehicles as discrete.

While Beijing-Benz does not produce all the Mercedes-branded autos sold on the Chinese market, such cars currently enjoy a reputation for high quality and popularity.[7]


Having its roots in the oldest of the Chinese auto-making joint ventures with a Western partner, Beijing-Benz was established in 2005 between Beiqi and Daimler AG.[8]

Prior foreign partnersEdit

Daimler AG is only the latest in a long line of co-owners.

American MotorsEdit

Beijing Jeep logo
Beijing-Benz has its origins in the Beijing Jeep Corporation (
), which became China's first Sino-western automotive joint venture when it was established in 1984[9] with American Motors Corporation.[10]

American Motors began negotiations in 1979 to sell its vehicles in China and to gain access to then low-cost Chinese labor.[11] The Chinese wanted access to more-modern automotive technology, and Beijing Jeep suited both needs and produced the American Motors Jeep Cherokee (XJ) in Beijing.[11]

Assembly of the Cherokee continued after Chrysler's buyout of American Motors as did the UAZ-469-based SUVs (BJ212).[11]



a Jeep Grand Cherokee in China, 2004

Chrysler's purchase of American Motors and its Jeep brand came with an unexpected boon, Beijing Jeep. A few Chrysler models were subsequently added to its product line including Jeep Grand Cherokee, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Mitsubishi Outlander, and other Beijing Jeep-branded but locally-developed vehicles.

Chrysler left the joint venture in early 2009.[12]

Beijing Automobile Works still has Jeep vehicles offered for sale. Production of newer Jeep models in China is planned to resume in 2011 with a joint venture between Guangzhou Automobile Group and Fiat.[13]

Daimler AGEdit

In 2004 Beijing Jeep Co was renamed Beijing-Benz DaimlerChrysler Automotive Co Ltd, as the owner of the Jeep brand name, Chrysler, was in a short-lived partnership with Daimler AG at that time.[9] Then German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder was a presence at the naming ceremony.[9]

The company started Mercedes-Benz E-Class and C-Class production the next year.[9] 2011 will see the GLK-Class crossover added to its model line.[3]

Prior to 2010 the E-Class may have been assembled from knock-down kits, and the localization rate for production was a scant 30%.[14] The component localization rate will rise to 70% and production capacity will increase to 100,000 units/year,[15] although these figures are suspect.[citation needed] Unit counts may consider engines and automobiles as discrete, too.

In 2009 Chrysler was removed from this joint venture although not from its legal name.[12] Until at least 2008 the company continued to produce Chrysler-branded models in addition to its Mercedes offerings.[6] One of these was the 300C, which it both produced and imported.[16]

Government procurementEdit

As of 2009 Beijing-Benz products, alongside those of several other makes, are purchased for use by Chinese State officials such as ministers and provincial heads.[17] A First Automobile Works Audi is the traditional choice for this purpose.[17]

Production basesEdit

Beijing Benz has a production base at the Beijing Economic & Technological Development Area, 15kM from Daxing Caiyu.[18] Another plant opened in 2010.[3] This opening may have increased potential Beijing Benz production capacity to 300,000 units/year.[6] Such unit counts may consider engines and automobiles as discrete.

In the mediaEdit

Mann, Jim (1997). Beijing Jeep: A Case Study of Western Business in China. Westview Press. ISBN 9780813333274. 

References Edit

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  1. "2009 Annual Report, 2. Significant acquisitions and dispositions of interests in companies and of other assets and liabilities". Daimler AG. Retrieved on 9 March 2011.
  2. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Beijing Benz 2010 sales expected to hit 50,000 units, up 179%", (6 December 2010). Retrieved on 9 March 2011. 
  3. "Mercedes-Benz S-Class is a leader in innovation" (1 September 2010). Retrieved on 9 March 2011. 
  4. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "BBDC Improves Budget Management and Keeps Pace with Fast-Changing Automotive Market". (November 2008). Retrieved on 9 March 2011.
  5. "Motoring: Short Torque" (20 December 2010). Retrieved on 9 March 2011. 
  6. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Qiao, Yu (7 December 2004). "JV renamed Beijing Benz-DaimlerChrysler". Retrieved on 9 March 2011. 
  7. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Mann, Jim (1997). Beijing Jeep: A Case Study of Western Business in China. Westview Press. ISBN 9780813333274. Retrieved on 9 March 2011. 
  8. 12.0 12.1 Gao, George (17 May 2010). "Guangzhou-Fiat JV to make Chrysler Jeep in Changsha", Retrieved on 9 March 2011. 
  9. Schmitt, Bertel (17 May 2010). "The Jeep Returns To China". The truth about cars. Retrieved on 9 March2011.
    • For knock-down assembly of E-Class, see "China's domestically-made Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedans to get off the line in Beijing". China Business News. Shanghai: May 31, 2010.
    • For component localization rate of 30%, see Mercedes-Benz seeking higher localization rate in China, October 27 2010
  10. Mercedes-Benz seeking higher localization rate in China, October 27 2010
  11. "Beijing Benz-DaimlerChrysler recalls defective sedans" (7 June 2007). Retrieved on 9 March 2011. 
  12. 17.0 17.1 "Chinese public revved up over BMW, Benz on gov't car list". (13 June 2009). Retrieved on 9 March 2011.

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