Saturday, May 27, 2006

More Chinese cars coming


Following on the heels of McCarthy, another local company plans to import cars from China and sell them at entry level prices.
TJM Holdings intends to start selling entry-level Chinese-made cars in South Africa next year, hoping to price them at below R70 000, reports Business Day.
"The move will enhance vehicle affordability but upset established car makers," the report reads.
"We are on the verge of a new wave of new Chinese vehicles coming into SA," TJM business development manager, Jason Bygate, told the paper.
China plans to become a large global car exporter, resulting in the deals with McCarthy and the two-year-old TJM.
The company plans to import the CK1 sedan from manufacturer Geely and is currently being tested in South Africa to determine its suitability.
TJM could expand the range at a later date, Bygate said.


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‘Japanese car makers’ China drive leaves Europeans behind’

TOKYO, MAY 25: Toyota Motor Corp, Nissan Motor Co, Honda Motor Co and other Japanese carmakers overtook Volkswagen AG and other European automakers in combined market share in China last year, Fitch Ratings Ltd said on Thursday.
Japanese automakers had about 27% of the Chinese automobile market last year while the share of European automakers fell to about 22%, Matthew Kwong, associate director of Fitch Ratings said in an interview in Beijing.

‘‘Toyota and Nissan are both the drivers for Japanese automaker’s growth in China,’’ Kwong said. ‘‘Japanese companies may maintain their position’’ over the next five years.
Japanese automakers, which entered the Chinese market more than a decade after Volkswagen, are accelerating expansion in the world’s third largest vehicle market as they introduce more models and raise production capacity. Toyota, which currently has annual production capacity of 340,000 units, is investing 215 billion yen ($1.9 billion) in China and aims to boost capacity to 690,000 units.
European automakers had about half of China’s vehicle market in 2002. They may regain some share as PSA Peugeot Citroen and Volkswagen introduce new models in China, though they may not regain their leading position, Kwong said.
Chery Automobile Co, Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd and other Chinese automakers had about 25% of their domestic market, Fitch said.
Since the Chinese government opened up its automobile market in early 1980s, all major automakers have established assembly plants in China where automobile production more than doubled to 5.7 million units in 2005, according to China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.
Total automobile production in China accounted for 8.9% of the world’s total in 2005 compared with 3.7% in 2000.
—Bloomberg


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