A Chinese partner of Japanese companies Toyota and Honda, GAIG owns Chinese production bases that churn out Chinese-market versions of the Japanese carmakers’ models, which sell well in Southern China as of 2010.
It may[according to whom?] have a joint venture with Johnson Controls, which should have started production in 2010 although the latter company’s Chinese partner may be Guangzhou Automobile Group instead.
It subsidiary companies managed to manufacture more than 650,600 units in 2011 placing the company as the 6th most-productive on the domestic market.
Formerly the Guangzhou Automobile Industry Group Company, it was renamed in 2005.
Cars selling under the first car brand exclusive to GAIG, Trumpchi, went on offer in 2011. The sole model is a sedan. The car went on sale in 2011, but the first six months of sales disappointed.
A Trumpchi-branded SUV will be added to the model line in April 2012.
In 2007, GAIG began putting in motion plans to sell automobiles under its own brand and to further this goal had acquired a controlling share in an R&D center at South China University of Technology. The goal of self-branded sales was also brought up on the company’s website in 2010.