Shanghai, China – General Motors’ joint venture in China will begin export and distribution of its mini-commercial vehicles to markets in South America, the Middle East and North Africa, through GM’s former operations in those areas.
SAIC-GM-Wuling will export the Wuling N200 and N300 series products through a framework agreement with GM’s former operations, and through distribution agreements with individual countries. The vehicles will be sold under the Chevrolet brand through GM’s distribution networks; General Motors will also provide standard after-sales support.
The first shipment of 150 units of the Wuling N200 series was scheduled to depart from Guangzhou on August 12.
“This is an important example of how the new General Motors Company is leveraging our global resources at the local level,” said Kevin Wale, president and managing director of the GM China Group. “By taking advantage of our unique family of minivans built and sold in China, we will address the need of GM customers in several key markets for affordable transportation for personal and commercial use.”
The Wuling N200 entered the Chinese market in 2007 as a high-end family vehicle, while the N300, which went on sale in China last year, is a mini-commercial vehicle. It is the world’s first mini-commercial vehicle to receive a three-star rating in China’s New Car Assessment Program side crash testing.
In an earlier agreement, SAIC-GM-Wuling began exporting the N200 to Peru in July 2008 as the Chevrolet N200.