Hebei Zhongxing Automobile Co Ltd
Tayo Auto Grandhiland operated by Libyan rebels during the 2011 civil war
Hebei Zhongxing Automobile Co Ltd, branded as ZX Auto, is one of the smaller Chinese producers of SUVs and pick-up trucks. Co-owned by Tianye Automobile Group Co Ltd and Taiwan Unite Leading Co, it was established in 1999 and exports to the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Africa, and Central and South America. The company claims a per year production capacity of 110,000 units–a figure that could conflate engines and whole vehicles.
In the latter half of the 2000s, the company sought access to the US market with the help of US company Capital Corp, and it participated in the 2007 National Automobile Dealers Association convention. While US sales were touted as late as 2008, the company has yet to sell its models in developed countries. Products are available in some EU member states, however.
During the 2011 Libyan civil war, a lot of 6,000 ZX Auto Grand Tiger pick-up trucks found their way into rebel hands, who turned them into technicals replete with mounted guns. As the conflict progressed, pro-Qaddafi forces also began using pick-ups after NATO aerial bombing raids disabled their armoured vehicles. Some of the ZX Auto Grand Tigers used in this conflict may have been branded as Tayo Auto Grandhiland. When the civil war commenced, there were at least 15,000 ZX Auto pick-ups in the country.
Some sales are to the Chinese State.
Production bases and facilities 
ZX Auto has two vehicle factories and a R&D center. While one factory and the R&D center are likely located in Baoding, Hebei, where the company is based, the second factory may be in Changchun, as ZX Auto has part-ownership of a production base in this city alongside Changling Group Co Ltd. In late 2010, it started construction of a new plant in Yichang, Hubei, that will build SUVs and sedans.
Some of its products are assembled in small, overseas factories from knock-down kits, and ZX Auto states that the majority of its exports are in the form of these kits. The companies that own these factories and do the final assembly are not necessarily owned by or affiliated with ZX Auto. Such assembly has commenced in Egypt, Iran, and Lebanon, where a 5,000 unit/year factory was under construction as of 2008. As of 2011, the company hopes new knock-down factories will spring up in Mexico and Malaysia. In Poland, a pick-up, the Grand Tiger, is produced and sold by Polish company POL-MOT Warfama. Probably assembled from knock-down kits, Polish models sport an engine that complies with EU regulations.
List of models 
- Admiral pick-up
- Chanling pick-up
- Grand Tiger pick-up
- Landmark SUV
See also 
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- ^ "Zxauto-Changling branch". Zxauto. Retrieved 31 January 2012.
- ^ a b "Introduction". About ZXAUTO. ZX Auto. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
- ^ "Proud Moments". About ZXAUTO. ZX Auto. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
- ^ Fairclough, G. (7 November 2006). "Bumper crop: As barriers fall in auto business, china jumps in" Wall Street Journal
- ^ Bursa, M. (2007). China automotive market review: Management briefing: Exports to the US. Just-Auto News
- ^ a b c "Poland sees China links as key to growth". Marketplace. American Public Media/National Public Radio. 28 December 2011. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
- ^ a b "China-made pickup being known for Libyan War". ZX Auto official site. undated. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
- ^ "How I took my ZX Auto Grand Tiger To War Against Gaddafi". chinacartimes.com. 15 July 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
- ^ Montlake, Simon (23 September 2011). "Libyan War Offers Mixed Blessings for China's ZX Auto". Forbes. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
- ^ For 2003 shipment of 4,000 pick-ups and c. 2008 shipment of 5,000, see "ZXAUTO exports 5,000 pickups to Libya". ZX Auto. undated. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
- ^ "ZXAUTO and ChangLing joint sedan factory has been established successfully". ZX Auto. Undated. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
- ^ "Zhongxing Breaks Ground on SUV Plant in Yichang, Eyeing Sedan Market". ChinaAutoWeb.com. 29 November 2010.
- ^ a b "Grandtiger won dual champions in Iran in terms of product quality and customer satisfaction". ZX Auto. undated. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
- ^ "The First Chinese SUV Brand in the Biggest Market in North Africa". ZX Auto. undated. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
- ^ "Cornerstone of ZXAUTO KD Plant in Jordan". ZX Auto. undated. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
- ^ "2250 units of GRANDTIGER pickups rolled into Middle Eastern market in January 2011". ZX Auto. early 2011 (undated). Retrieved 2 August 2012.
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