Chairman Mao’s favoured carmaker enters Europe with EVs in Norway

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BEIJING, Oct 1 (Businesshala) – Chairman Mao Zedong’s favorite car brand, Hongqi, or Red Flag, is exporting China-made electric sport-utility vehicles to Norway, as Chinese car companies expand globally.

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In a statement late Thursday, Hongqi said it had received 500 orders for its cars in Norway, where it said it had environmentally friendly policies and good infrastructure for electric vehicles.

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In China, the world’s largest car market, Hongqi sales have grown in recent years, thanks to the launch of more models and an expanded sales network.

Regarded as a cultural icon of China’s ruling Communist Party, in 2018 Hongqi hired former Rolls-Royce designer Giles Taylor, whose works include Rolls-Royce’s Phantom VIII limousine and the brand’s first sport-utility vehicle. Model Cullinan, who leads its design team. Munich.

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China’s electric carmakers, including Nio Inc (NIO.N), Xpeng Inc (9868.HK) and BYD (002594.SZ), are looking to capture European market share as the continent transitions to green energy.

Reporting by Yili Sun and Brenda Goh; Editing by Jason Neely

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