[News] Huawei Reportedly to Spin Off Car Business Unit, Changan Auto Considered as Potential Acquirer

2023-11-24 Emerging Technologies editor

On November 23, YICAI reported that Huawei is set to divest its Smart Car Solutions Business Unit (referred to as “Car BU”), with the business subsequently being acquired by the Chongqing State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission, making it the largest shareholder.

However, to this report, the head of Changan Automobile’s strategic planning department further indicated on November 24 that the information is inconsistent with the facts.

In terms of Changan Automobile’s cooperation with Huawei, even before the establishment of Huawei’s Car BU, both parties had already formed a certain level of collaboration. In 2019, Changan Automobile, in collaboration with Huawei and battery company CATL (Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd.), jointly created Avatr Technology.

Huawei provided advanced assisted driving features and Harmony OS smart cockpit technology to Avatr Technology. When Huawei officially announced its commitment to “helping automakers build good cars,” the collaboration between the two became even closer.

In 2021, Changan Automobile, in partnership with Huawei, began developing the Avatr brand based on the Huawei Inside mode. Following the launch of Avatr 11, the Avatr 12 was recently introduced to the market. Additionally, in August of this year, Changan’s sub-brand, Shenlan (BluePark), signed a framework cooperation agreement with Huawei.

Shenlan Automotive stated that the collaboration will focus on the field of automotive intelligence, jointly advancing the research and application of new technologies in the smart electric vehicle domain.

According to Changan Automobile’s data, Changan Automobile has sold 241,028 vehicles in October, representing a year-on-year increase of 7.21%. The cumulative sales for this year reached 2,110,636 vehicles, reflecting a year-on-year growth of 10.76%. Specifically, the sales of new energy vehicles under the independent brand in October were 57,399, marking a significant year-on-year increase of 57.1%. For the cumulative sales from January to October, the figure reached 364,081 vehicles, indicating a substantial year-on-year growth of 88.76%.

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