SHANGHAI May 19 China's military has purchased
more than 1,000 FAW Car Co Ltd's Red Flag H7 sedans
for official use as part of a move to phase out foreign brands,
an official newspaper said on Monday.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has made clear that the
country's military should buy indigenous vehicles and it will
purchase more Red Flag H7 sedans, according to the PLA Daily, a
newspaper owned by the Chinese People's Liberation Army.
The military will phase out foreign vehicles made by
companies like Volkswagen AG and Audi, the article
The purchase by the military is a boon to state-owned FAW,
which launched Red Flag H7 last May as part of efforts to revive
the Chinese brand and rival foreign nameplates.
Sales have been sluggish so far and fewer than 3,000 Red
Flag sedans were sold last year, according to FAW.
Prior to the Red Flag purchase, China's military also bought
FAW's Besturn and Guangzhou Automobile Group Co's
Trumpchi cars for official use, according to the PLA
(Reporting by Samuel Shen and Kazunori Takada; Editing by Matt