By Andrew Ganz
Wednesday, Nov 23rd, 2011 @ 8:45 am
 
General Motors will leverage its SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture in China to supply an Egyptian vehicle assembly plant with commercial van kits.

GM Egypt anticipates importing and assembling about 5,000 examples of the Chevrolet Move N300 complete knock down van kits. The Move is essentially a Chinese-market small multi-passenger van, but sluggish commercial sales in that market have opened up the possibility of exports. Egyptian import duties make building vehicles in the North African market a challenge, but CKDs offer automakers a way to legally skirt regulations.

"The introduction of Chevrolet Move will help SGMW expand market in Egypt and also seek more opportunities to cover the market in North Africa and Arabia Free Trade Zone. Besides, it also helps SGMW to increase its export volume and further expand the competitiveness of sales and products," said Shen Yang, president of SGMW, in a statement released to the media.

In Egypt, the Move will complement the smaller Chevrolet N200, a model imported from China, where it is assembled by SGMW. GM Egypt distributes the N200 in Egypt and other African markets.

Chevrolet offers a fairly large lineup in Egypt through its Al-Monsour distributor and partner, which also runs the CKD factory in 6th of October City, Egypt. Most of the market's products are smaller passenger cars designed by GM's Korean engineering center.