Lenar started out as a tractor brand of the Jiangling Motor Company. Jiangling was founded in 1968 with a truck factory in Jiangxi, China. In 1999, Jiangling purchased the bankrupt FengShou tractor and truck company. Tractor production was resumed, and the Lenar brand was created for export. In 2004, Mahinda purchased Jiangling to create the Mahindra China Tractor Company. Mahindra China continues to export tractors under the Lenar brand.