Indians are practicing social distancing to stop the spread of the coronavirus that the Chinese regime’s lies and mismanagement unleashed onto the automotive world. It may also be time to start practicing social — and economic — distancing from China as well.

China’s dictatorship bears ultimate responsibility for the pandemic lockdown that is crushing our economy. Axios reports that if China had acted just three weeks earlier to contain the virus rather than suppress information about it, “the number of coronavirus cases could have been reduced by 95 percent and its geographic spread limited.” But the ensuing crisis has also exposed just how dependent we have become on China in key sectors of our economy. Apart from rest of industry, let’s find out which are those Chinese cars selling in India and which automotive brands are owned by Chinese. Let’s start with the Chinese cars in India –

Hyundai Creta

Initially intended for the Indian market, the Creta also called ix25 was launched subsequently in China and Russia. It was first developed and manufactured by Beijing Hyundai in China. After the launch in China, Creta was brought to India.

Hyundai Verna

The fifth generation Accent (known as Verna in India) has been introduced in China as Verna in late 2016. Production began in the same year with sales started around February 2017. It is developed & designed by Beijing Hyundai in China. Same Verna name which is used in China is also added to the Indian line-up.

Toyota Yaris

The Toyota Yaris (XP150), which is based on the XP150 series Vios, is a subcompact car produced and sold by Toyota under the Yaris nameplate since 2013. It made its public debut at the 15th Auto Shanghai in April 2013. It was first launched for some Asian markets that include China, Taiwan, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. The Chinese market also released the regular XP90 Vitz-based Yaris produced locally by the GAC Toyota joint venture. Yaris was developed and designed first in China, then brought to India.

MG Hector

The most popular Chinese car in India, the Baojun 530 aka MG Hector is a 5-/7-seater compact crossover SUV produced by SAIC-GM-Wuling (SGMW). Unveiled at the Auto Guangzhou 2017, Baojun 530 took design cues from the smaller 510 and is a successor of the 560, while the 560 remained on sale as a cheaper alternative. The crossover is an example of an extensive badge engineering; it was marketed under four different brands in different markets. It was launched in India as MG Hector on 27 June 2019 as the first model released by MG Motor India.

MG ZS EV

The MG ZS is a subcompact crossover SUV produced by the Chinese owned, British automotive marque MG Motor. The MG ZS was announced in 2016, at the Guangzhou Auto Show in China. The MG ZS marked MG Motor’s second venture into the market of crossover/SUV. It is intended to sit below the larger MG GS, but larger than the smaller MG 3. The MG ZS was subsequently launched in China, in March 2017. ZS is full fledged Chinese car, now launched & made in India.

Nissan Sunny

The Nissan Sunny N17 was unveiled at the 2010 Guangzhou International Motor Show in China. Nissan Sunny is the Chinese market name for the Nissan Latio sold in Japan and Nissan Versa sold in the U.S. Sales began in 2011. It is also sold in the Indian and many Middle Eastern markets under the same name.

CHINESE AUTOMOTIVE BRANDS IN INDIA –

Volvo Cars India

Volvo Cars, is a Swedish luxury vehicles brand and a subsidiary of the Chinese automotive company Geely. It is headquartered in Torslanda in Gothenburg, Sweden. Ford Motor Company offered Volvo Cars for sale in December 2008, after suffering losses that year. On 28 October 2009, Ford confirmed that, after considering several offers, the preferred buyer of Volvo Cars was Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, the parent of Chinese motor manufacturer Geely Automobile. On 23 December 2009, Ford confirmed the terms of the sale to Geely had been settled. A definitive agreement was signed on 28 March 2010, for $1.8 billion. The European Commission and China’s Ministry of Commerce approved the deal on 6 and 29 July 2010, respectively. The deal closed on 2 August 2010 with Geely paying $1.3 billion cash and a $200 million note. Further payments are expected with a later price “true-up”. It is the largest overseas acquisition by a Chinese automaker.

MG Motor India (Morris Garages)

MG Motor UK Limited (MG Motor) is a British automotive company headquartered in Longbridge, Birmingham, England, and a subsidiary of SAIC Motor UK, which in turn is owned by the Shanghai-based Chinese state-owned automotive SAIC Motor. MG Motor designs, develops and markets cars sold under the MG marque. MG Motor is the largest importer of Chinese made cars into the United Kingdom. MG Motor India, often stylized as Morris Garages, is the Indian subsidiary of Chinese automotive giant SAIC Motor Corporation Limited. The subsidiary was setup in the year 2017 however, only began its sales & manufacturing operations in 2019.

Great Wall Motors India (GWM, Haval)

Launched at 2020 Auto Expo in India, Great Wall have aggressive launches coming soon for our nation. Great Wall Motors Company Limited is a Chinese automobile manufacturer headquartered in Baoding, Hebei, China. The company is named after the Great Wall of China and was formed in 1984. It is China’s largest sport utility vehicle (SUV) and pick-up truck producer. It sells passenger cars and trucks under the Great Wall brand and SUVs under the Haval and WEY brands.

Opinion by Senior Automotive Researcher, Abhyuday Sinha