9 June, 1953
Chairmen Mao Zedong of people republic of China signed off on the final project plans which called for factory completion within 3 years. Mao Zedong took a strong personal interest in the exciting project, later autographing the foundation stone of the new factory to symbolize the country's new independent ability to create the tools necessary for a modern transportation infrastructure.
15 July, 1953
The foundation stone laying ceremony for First Automobile Works (FAW) was held
The first factory buildings began to take shape with assistance from the Engineer Corps of the Chinese Military.
2 November, 1953
The first batch of 39 trainees traveled to the Stalin truck factory in the former Soviet Union for instruction in truck production.
28 September, 1958
The first Hongqi open-top limousine for use by select government officials was produced.
16 March, 1960
A Hongqi luxury sedan was exhibited at the Leipzig International Exhibition.