General Motors announced that its SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture has begun exporting the Chevrolet N200 minivan from China to Peru. The N200 will be sold in Peru through Chevrolet’s local marketing and dealership network.
This marks the first export of mini-commercial vehicles by GM from China to Latin America. In 2007, its Shanghai GM joint venture exported the Chevrolet Sail small car to Chile.
The N200, which is sold in China by SAIC-GM-Wuling as the Wuling Hong Tu, made its global debut in 2006 and entered the Chinese market last year. The high-end minivan was developed by SAIC-GM-Wuling with support from the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC), GM’s automotive engineering and design center in Shanghai.
The N200 possesses a simple yet elegant design and a comfortable, spacious interior that has made it popular among both personal and commercial customers. It is very user-friendly, which gives it a feel that is on par with passenger sedans.
Engineers put the Hong Tu through 170,000 kilometers of road testing using the same standards adopted for medium and high-end passenger cars. The minivan meets all advanced Chinese safety requirements.
Kevin Wale, President and Managing Director of the GM China Group, said: “Exporting the N200 is a great achievement for SAIC-GM-Wuling. It sends a positive message about the quality of GM products designed and built in China.”
SAIC-GM-Wuling held an export launch ceremony earlier at its headquarters in Liuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.Among the 40 government officials in attendance were Guangxi Governor Ma Biao and Guangxi Vice Governor Yang Taoxi.
SAIC-GM-Wuling was established in 2002.GM China holds a 34.0 percent stake, SAIC holds 50.1 percent and Wuling Motors holds 15.9 percent.It manufactures a range of Wuling brand mini-trucks and minivans as well as the Chevrolet Spark mini-car. In 2007, SAIC-GM-Wuling sold 548,945 vehicles in China.It ended 2007 number one in sales among domestic mini-vehicle producers for the second consecutive year.
GM may start importing Wuling minivans to Brasil also. But strange thing is that N200 is still not advertised at Chevrolet del Peru webpage. This raises question whether GM even started selling minivan in South America already.martin_krpan said:Wuling started exporting Hongtu to Peru. The van will be sold through Chevrolet dealers.
The Chevrolet never gave much attention to the segment of vehicles, but the assembly can have a surprising novelty soon.
This curious minivan was caught by four wheels in the ABC Paulista, specifically in the vicinity of the Volkswagen factory. However, the vehicle displayed signs of São Caetano do Sul, city headquarters of General Motors, which is not a mere coincidence.
Under the tapes to hide the logos, the name that appears is the Wuling, a joint venture in China with Shanghai GM. Although little known here, the company has already been approved by a vehicle to be sold in the country.
The model is Rong Guang, launched at the Beijing Fair of 2008 and equipped with a 1.2 engine from 71 bhp of power. With 4 meters long, 1.60 meters wide and 1.90 high, the minivan can carry up to eight passengers.
If there really is sold, the Rong Guang as competitors have three countrymen Chana Family, and Effa Minivan Auto CN Towner, in addition to veteran Volkswagen Kombi.