Car assembly in Angola begins in October

11 July 2007

Luanda, Angola, 11 July – The first vehicles ever to be produced in Angola will be on the market by the end of the year, says Wu Hu Ming, head of the sales and marketing department of the company involved, CSG Angola.

CSG Angola, a subsidiary of China International Fund, is waiting for work to finish on its factory at Viana, on the outskirts of Luanda, to begin production of five vehicle types using Nissan technology in an investment of US$ 30 million.

With an initial production capacity of 5,000 vehicles per year that could be expanded 30,000, the plant will make vans, jeeps and multi-use passenger cars (based on the Nissan Serean model) and small, medium and large buses, in addition to special vehicle models.

Wu said 50 buses have already been ordered by private transport operator Macon, adding that CSG is currently recruiting dealers with the aim of establishing a nationwide service network.

The company’s new factory will employ 300 people, 70 percent of them Angolans, and the first 50 workers are currently are being sent to China for a three-month training course.

The five vehicle models being produced in Angola by the Chinese-owned automaker are being exhibited at the Luanda International Fair, which got underway Tuesday. (macauhub)