SHANGHAI – SAIC-GM-Wuling (SGMW)’s hot-selling vehicle Wuling Rongguang, Chinese version of the Chevrolet Move (N300), will be produced by General Motors Egypt in the third quarter of 2012, according to a company announcement on November 22.
The Wuling Rongguang will be the first Chinese vehicle assembled by GM Egypt and the first SGMW vehicle assembled outside China. SGMW will supply vehicle kits to GM Egypt, which plans to produce about 5,000 units annually.
Additional body styles are planned based on the Chevrolet Move platform for production in Egypt.
The Chevrolet Move will become the second product offered by GM in Egypt. In 2009, GM began selling the imported Chevrolet N200 passenger van in Egypt and other African markets.
The N300 was introduced for production in SGMW in 2008 to address demand in China for a spacious vehicle for family and business use. It is one of GM’s best-selling vehicles in China, where it is marketed as the Wuling Rongguang. In the first 10 months of 2011, more than 290,000 units of the Rongguang vehicles were sold in China.
SGMW, as a joint venture by Shanghai Automotive Industry (Group) Corp. (SAIC), GM China and Wuling Motors, was established in 2002 and is based in Liuzhou, Guangxi. SGMW manufactures a range of Wuling brand mini trucks and passenger vehicles as well as the Baojun 630 midsize sedan.
“The introduction of the Chevrolet Move will help SGMW expand market in Egypt and also seek more opportunities to cover the market in North Africa and Arabia Free Trade Zone. Besides, it also helps SGMW increase its export volume and further enhance the competitiveness of sales and products,” said Shen Yang, president of SGMW.