Huawei said on Thursday that it has deepened its partnership with state-owned automaker Dongfeng Motor, allowing its smart and connected vehicle technology to be integrated into the latter’s rugged-looking off-roader under the premium Mengshi electric vehicle brand. Dongfeng, a Chinese manufacturing partner of Stellantis, launched the Mengshi 917 in August, the first model under the lineup partly inspired by the introduction of General Motors’ GMC Hummer EV. Deliveries of the vehicle, with a starting price of RMB 637,700 and RMB 697,700 ($88,640 and $96,980) in plug-in hybrid and all-electric options respectively, began in September, and were expected to reach between 1,000 and 1,200 units as of last year. Dongfeng has previously produced several internal combustion engine-powered military vehicles under the Mengshi badge since 2002. The news comes weeks after Huawei, in January, announced its plan to sell Dongfeng components and software for future Voyah EVs, a lifestyle luxury EV brand rolled out by the automaker in 2021. [Huawei announcement, in Chinese]

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