|Headquarters||Shenzhen, Guangdong, China|
|Key people||Wang Chuanfu (Chairman)|
|Parent||BYD Company Limited|
BYD Auto Co., Ltd. is a Chinese automobile manufacturer based in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, and a wholly owned subsidiary of BYD Company. It was founded in 2003, following BYD Company's acquisition of Tsinchuan Automobile Company in 2002.
As of 2010 production capacity is estimated at 700,000 units/year. While that year's sales reached 519,800 making the company the sixth largest Chinese car-maker by units sold in 2010, in 2011 it failed to break into the top ten. The company returned to the rankings in 2012, however, garnering 9th place by producing 610,000 passenger vehicles.
BYD Co Ltd created the wholly owned subsidiary BYD Auto a year after its 2002 acquisition of the Tsinchuan Automobile Company, which may have been made solely to acquire the passenger car production license held by the purchased company. While the Chinese state is credited with development of an indigenous auto industry, BYD Auto may have been created in the absence of a State policy explicitly supporting independently owned automobile manufacturers.
In 2008, BYD Auto began selling its first mass-produced, full hybrid vehicle, the BYD F3DM. China subsidizes oil (an incentive for the State to encourage use and manufacture of electric cars), and Chinese automakers see opportunities in less mature electric vehicles because Western companies have yet to develop much of a lead in the technology. In late December 2008, Warren Buffett spent $230 million on the acquisition of a 10% stake in BYD Auto's parent, BYD Company. In 2009, the company sold 448,400 cars in China, and two-thirds of sales were its BYD F3 model. In the same year, BYD began the export of its cars to Africa, South America, and the Middle East.
Past passenger cars 
Current passenger cars 
- BYD F0 - supermini
- BYD F3 - compact saloon
- BYD F3-R compact hatchback
- BYD G3 - compact saloon
- BYD G3-R - compact hatchback
- BYD L3 (or New F3) - compact saloon
- BYD G6 - Mid-size car saloon
- BYD e6 - electric MPV
- BYD M6 - MPV
- BYD S6 - SUV
Future passenger cars 
- BYD K9 BYD electric bus
A BYD electric bus
In 2010 the Chinese state halted construction of a third Xi'an production base. Building was allowed to resume in Spring, 2011. A production complex in Changsha, Hunan province, will soon become operational.
A joint venture with Daimler AG that will soon sell a single product under the Denza brand name, Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology Co is focused on EV development and upmarket sedans. In March 2011 the new company received a business license from the Chinese State and BYD, contractual agreement from its German partner.
Sales outside China 
While the majority of sales are domestic, some models are exported to other developing countries: BYD cars are sold in Bahrain by Fakhro Motors, distributed in the Dominican Republic by Peravia Motors (3,000 cars serve as taxis in the capital, Santo Domingo). BYDs are also offered in Ukraine and Moldova.
The company has also expressed a desire to enter the European and Israeli markets. BYD opened its North American headquarters in Los Angeles in 2011, and BYD plans to start selling an electric car, the e6, there in 2012, but this has been subsequently delayed.
Patent and Copyright claims 
BYD, like many other private Chinese car manufacturers, has been accused of copying its vehicle designs from other companies. A staff member at Honda claimed that the BYD F3 was "a known copy" of the Toyota Corolla (with Honda Fit design cues). Another model too, the BYD F0, has been described as "a clear copy" this time of the Toyota Aygo.
Domestic dealerships have been known to take advantage of this and replace the badging of BYD vehicles with those of other car manufacturers including Toyota. Micheal Austin, vice president of BYD America, has acknowledged the issue saying that the practices of some franchised dealers have made BYD "uncomfortable".
See also 
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