Haima for sale in the Philippines
Haima is Chinese automotive manufacturer and subsidiary of the FAW group, the third largest car producer in China in terms of volume produced. FAW is also known as one of the Chinese “big four” auto companies that includes Dongfeng Motors, Chang’an Motors and SAIC Motors.
The company got its name from the first syllables of the words “Hainan Mazda”. Back in 1992, Mazda got the provincial government of Hainan to agree to produce the Japanese brand’s vehicles, which were to be sold in China, using the production plants in the province.
Haima was first known as Hainan Mazda Motors. In 2006, FAW bought the shares of Mazda and eventually made Haima one of its subsidiaries. Although its ties with Mazda ended, the Chinese automaker was still allowed to sell older Mazda models and use the car production technology acquired during their partnership.
Technology and innovation
Some of the manufacturing techniques and procedures used by Haima were taken from their partnership with Mazda, although they have also incorporated technologies from other FAW subdivisions. The multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) the Haima Freema, for example, uses either a 1.6 liter or 1.8 liter engine with Variable Valve Timing (VVT) and Continuously Variable Transmission technology (CVT). These technologies are common among Japanese car models.
Popular Haima models
According to the company, some of the reasons to buy a Haima are: its value for money, its mixture of European design and Japanese technology, and its German-manufactured Bosch’s engines. Some of their popular models include:
The Haima 2 is a 5-door, 5-seater subcompact hatchback that has two powertrain options: a 1.3 liter and a 1.5 liter DOHC in-line 4 gasoline engine.
The Haima M3 is an affordable 4-door, 5-seater compact sedan which comes with a DOHC 16-valve engine with VVT technology. It is available in two variants- Comfort and Standard.
Considered the flagship carrier of this Chinese brand, the 7-seater Haima Fstar van is known for its small 1.2 liter engine with no-maintenance timing chain and its sedan-level interior.
As the only SUV in its brand’s fleet, the Haima 7 comes with high expectations. This compact crossover sports a strong front fascia with pentagon chrome grille and diamond-shaped headlights. It runs on a 2.0 liter DOHC 16-valve gasoline engine.
Completing Haima’s current line-up are: the minicar Haima 1, the commercial vehicle Haima Dropside and the “people carrier” variant the FStar PC.
Availability in the Philippines
In the country, Haima has numerous dealership programs in the provinces of Central Luzon such as Pampanga and Bataan. Laus Auto Group (LAG) is one of the local distributors. LAG started its partnership with Haima in 2010. The Philippines was the first Asian country, aside from China, Haima ventured into. It has yet to establish a dealership in the country’s capital of Metro Manila.
Interesting facts about Haima
Haima’s logo represents a Chinese mythological bird. The company has always taken pride in its slogan “Drive it to Believe.” As with most car brands in the Philippines, their units have a 3 year warranty.