SAIC Motor which is one of China’s largest carmaker is keen to ramp up vehicle production in Pakistan via its local joint venture- the MG JW Automobile Company, owned by JW-SEZ (Private) Limited and SMIL, which is a subsidiary of SAIC Motor. According to Yu De, the Managing Director of SAIC Motor International Business Department:
“Our plant’s renovation will be finished this month, so we can soon supply locally produced vehicles in Pakistan.”
MG’s first test production model in Pakistan- the HS crossover rolled off the assembly line in May 2021, whereas the company will soon begin assembling the vehicles locally. In addition, MG has already imported a batch of CBU vehicles for trials & tests which includes the RX8 SUV, MG5 and MG6 sedans as well as E-HS and Marvel R electric SUVs.
MG is currently offering HS and ZS crossovers & ZS EV electric vehicle in Pakistan and has received overwhelming response from public. According to Yu:
“The sales are exhilarating. We are confident in the Pakistani market. We will scale up our investment and introduce our latest models and best service to our Pakistani brothers and sisters.”
The Pakistani plant is one example of SAIC Motor’s overseas business growth. In the first 6 months of the year, SAIC sold 265,000 vehicles in overseas markets, up 112.8% from the same period of previous year. It expects sales to reach 550,000 units over the whole year. “Considering the growth in the first half and models we are going to launch in the second half, there will be no problem for us to reach the goal,” said Yu. SAIC Motor has built around 1,000 dealerships and service outlets in some 70 countries and regions around the world.
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