Lifan Group, or Lifan Industry (Group) Company, is a privately owned Chinese motorcycle and (lately) automobile manufacturer. In September 2004, Lifan motorcycle was awarded “China Top Brand” by the State General Administration For Quality Supervision.
Lifan may be best known for the small passenger cars it sells in developing overseas markets, but it also makes small dirt bike engines, entry-level motorcycles, mini-vehicles, and small and large commercial trucks.
Lifan was founded by former political dissident Yin Mingshan in 1992, originally as a motorcycle repair shop with a staff of nine. The company was originally called "Chongqing Hongda Auto Fittings Research Centre". Becoming the fifth-largest Chinese motorcycle maker in only seventeen years, the company was renamed Lifan Industry Group in 1997. In 1998, Lifan obtained the right to engage in foreign trade.
Moto blogWed, 02 Apr 2014
Chinese motorcycle importer American Lifan agreed to pay a $630,000 civil penalty for the illegal import and sale of 28,000 vehicles that did not comply with federal emission standards. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Dallas-based American Lifan imported and sold 28,000 streetbikes and scooters, recreational vehicles and engines produced in China but were not compliant with the Clean Air Act. American Lifan also agreed to post a bond worth between $300,000 and $500,000 to cover any potential penalties for future models imported though the 2016 model year.