Chinese cars to debut on the São Paulo Automobile Show

16 August 2006

São Paulo, Brazil, 15 Aug – The São Paulo Automobile Show is going to debut Chinese manufactured automobiles at this year’s show, organizers announced on Tuesday.

The Chinese group Chana Automobile, the 24th largest car manufacturer in the world, will present its 6350 (eight passenger) and 6390 (eleven passenger) van models during the event, which will take place between October 19th and 29th.

The company will begin selling its cars in the Brazilian market on date which hasn’t yet been disclosed, via a partnership with a local distributor.

With 80 thousand square meters, the show this year will have 31 brands, 400 cars and around 140 exhibitors on display.

At the last São Paulo show, in October of 2004, there were around 586,000 Brazilian and foreign visitors, and it was in the list of the top five largest events in the sector worldwide.

The Chinese brand Chery also plans to start selling its cars in Brazil this year or in 2007 and is expected to sign a partnership agreement with a Brazilian company to start exporting its 800 cc engine QQ model.

When the deal is successful, the Chery QQ will top the Fiat Mille as the cheapest automobile sold in the Brazilian market.

Chery started as a company by manufacturing spare parts and in 2001 began producing automobiles. It currently has a market share of 7 percent in the Chinese market with nine models that have engines that range from 800 cc to 2000 cc in size.

Chery’s factory, located in Anhui, 100 kilometers from Beijing, produced 186 thousand units in 2005 and expects to double that figure this year.

Brazil is currently one of the world’s largest car manufacturing countries, with an annual production of 2.5 million units, which was last year’s figure. (macauhub)