Nanjing Golden Dragon Bus, also known as Nanjing Golden Dragon Skywell,[lower-alpha 1] is a Chinese manufacturing company established in 2000 in Nanjing. It produces vans, buses and commercial vehicles for the domestic and export markets. It is a subsidiary company under the Skywell New Energy Automobile Group, and a joint venture with the Xiamen King Long United Automotive Industry.
Its competitors in the hybrid bus industry include Yutong, the Xiamen King Long Motor Group (Higer Bus, Xiamen King Long United Automotive Industry, Xiamen Golden Dragon Bus), BYD Auto and Zhongtong Bus.
Vehicles manufactured and marketed by NGDB carry the Skywell marque, inspired from the English word Skyworth. The name was officially trademarked for NGDB’s use as of 2015.
NGDB was established in 2000. In 2005, the company underwent restructuring with Xiamen King Long and Nanjing Dongyu Auto Group, each accounting for 60% and 40% of company shares. NGDB underwent another company restructuring in 2011.
In 2012, NGDB passed the new energy vehicle production qualification examination.
On February 27, 2012, Huang Honsheng[lower-alpha 2] became chairman of NGBD through investing in the major shareholder, Nanjing Chuangyuan Tiandi Automobile Co. Huang had been released from prison in 2009 after serving three years on charges of theft of corporate funds. He had also been found guilty of conspiracy to embezzle more than 50 million yuan from two Skyworth subsidiaries along with his brother between 2000 and 2004. As of 2015, Huang owns 80% of the company.
On April 20, 2015, NGDB officially launched the Skywell D09 and D11 at the Shanghai International Auto Show. The Skywell D12 was also publicly shown. According to the company, the D11 was manufactured under cooperation with the University of Michigan. In 2016, NGDB released the Skywell E07 and D11 logistic vehicles. In 2017, the Skywell D07, D09 and D10 electric logistic vehicle were released.
On February 25, 2016, Hefei Guoxuan Hi-Tech Power & Energy Co., Ltd. announced that it signed an agreement with NGDB to purchase electric batteries for 1.058 billion RMB. On May 24, 2016, NGDB debuted several hybrid buses including the D11 at the 2016 Beijing International Road Transportation, Urban Bus and Parts Exhibition. The D11 made an appearance at the Canton Trade Fair alongside the D12 on October 20, 2016.
On August 1, 2017, NGDB secured contracts to provide 5,500 D10 logistics vehicles to Chuanghong New Energy, Xi’an Chuangli, and Xi’an Yifu. On August 8, 2017, NGDB debuted a prototype MPV at the 2017 Nanjing Jinlong New Energy Logistics Vehicle Product event. The prototype has a lithium-ion battery with a cruising range of 350 km (220 mi) and a maximum speed of 140 km/h (87 mph).
On January 21, 2018, Huang announced that on June 2017, NGDB acquired the production rights and machinery to manufacture the Chana Taurustar.
On June 18, 2019, the 29th National Energy Conservation Publicity Week and the 5th Nanjing Municipal Public Enterprise Energy Conservation and Carbon Reduction Promotion Month event unveiled the new Z04 and Z10 electric trucks. Jiang Yuejian, the deputy mayor of Nanjing, was the VIP who graced the event to launch the new trucks.