Chinese company Chang’an Automobile to start direct sale of cars in Brazil

21 September 2011

Sao Paulo, Brazil, 20 Sept – Chinese company Chang’an Automobile (Group) Co plans to start directly selling its cars in Brazil, by 2013 at the latest, Brazilian magazine AutoEsporte reported.

The company is already in the Brazilian market and so far offers only commercial vehicles, which are sold by independent importer Districar, but the magazine cited the executive vice president of the brand, Li Wei, as saying that three passenger vehicles were in the final stages of evaluations to be sold directly by 2013.

The three models are the BenBon, also known as the Benni Mini, the Yue Xiang and the CX20, the first of which, whose retail sale price was calculated in 2010 at 29,000 reals, has a 1,000 cc engine and carries air conditioning, driver and passenger airbags, electric windows, central locking and ABS brakes as standard.

Chang’an Automobile (Group) Co is a subsidiary of state group China Weaponry Equipment based in Chnongqing, which has already set up partnerships with foreign automotive manufacturers, such as Ford, Suzuki and PSA Peugeot Citroen. (macauhub)