|Product type||Automobile marque|
|Owner||Dongfeng Motor Group|
|Literal meaning||Easterly wind, wind god|
Aeolus (Dongfeng Fengshen) is an automobile marque owned by the Chinese automaker Dongfeng Passenger Vehicle Company, a division of Dongfeng Motor Group. The brand was launched in July 2009 using the Fengshen name, and was later renamed to Aeolus as the English name, while the Chinese name remained the same (Chinese: 风神; pinyin: Fēngshén).
The Fengshen name was first used as a vehicle model name by Yunbao Automobile, a joint-venture set up by the Taiwanese Yulon Motor. During the late 1990s, Nissan of Japan was formally added as a partner in the Yunbao joint-venture which resulted in the first Fengshen, the Yunbao Fengshen 7200, a rebadged model line based on the Nissan Bluebird U13 that was launched in the Chinese market in 1998. Later in 2003, Nissan bought Yulon's share in the joint-venture which became Dongfeng-Nissan, and later the Fengshen name was chosen to become the name of the new sub-brand.
In June 2010, Dongfeng began the construction of an engine plant in Hebei province for the manufacture of self-developed engines for Fengshen vehicles.
The Fengshen H30, a mid-sized five-door hatchback, was officially launched in January 2011. The Fengshen H30 Cross, a compact five-door SUV, made its debut at the Auto Shanghai motor show in April 2011 and went on sale in China in the same month. The Fengshen A60, a compact sedan based on the Nissan Sylphy, made its debut at the Auto Guangzhou motor show in November 2011 and went on sale in China in March 2012.
In April 2012, Dongfeng announced that it would establish a multi-brand dealership network across China selling Fengshen, Dongfeng Fengxing and Zhengzhou Nissan vehicles.
Fengshen vehicles went on sale outside China for the first time in August 2012, when the marque was launched in Venezuela.
The current Fengshen range comprises the following models:
- Fengshen Yixuan (D53), a compact sedan
- Fengshen Yixuan GS, a compact crossover wagon
- Fengshen Yixuan Max (G35) / Yixuan Max Night Edition, a mid-size sedan
- Fengshen A60 CNG, a compact four-door sedan now only available with CNG.
- Fengshen E70, an electric compact four-door sedan based on the A60.
- Fengshen AX7 Mach Edition, a compact five-door CUV
- Fengshen E30, a city car
- Fengshen E30L, a city car
- Fengshen H30, a compact five-door hatchback
- Fengshen S30, a subcompact four-door sedan based on the platform of the Citroën Fukang
- Fengshen A30, a subcompact four-door sedan
- Fengshen L60, a compact sedan based on the platform of the Peugeot 408
- Fengshen A9, an executive four-door sedan
- Fengshen H30 Cross, a subcompact five-door CUV
- Fengshen AX3, a subcompact five-door CUV
- Fengshen AX4, a subcompact five-door CUV
- Fengshen AX5, a compact five-door CUV
- Aeolus Haoji, a mid-size five-door CUV
Fengshen products are currently sold in China and Venezuela.
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