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FAW hopes to start building SA car in 2015

Published 09 Jul 13 By: Irma


The Sirius seven-seater

The FAW truck currently under construction in the Cape, should start assembly in April or May next says FAW trucks and passenger Africa project leader Zhang .

Construction of the plant, an initial output of roughly 5 000 a year, should be completed by the end of the

The Chinese company plans to the trucks, in both right-hand- and derivatives, to the rest of Africa, also supplying the South market from the local

Zhang says the Fortune State-owned FAW is well aware there “are challenges in in South Africa, such as issues”, but continues to see the country as a production base for the African

He adds that South is a good market in which to about the demands placed on its as it “is a fair market has no trade protection”, while it has mature consumers with tastes.

Another challenge the plant will face is South Africa and other markets have quite vehicle standards.

If all goes with truck production in Africa, FAW plans to start of a passenger car plant in 2015, Zhang.

Production from this will also be distributed as well as exported to Africa. says it is also possible to both FAW trucks and passenger to Australia.

He adds that FAW is in Africa “to stay”, and the Chinese government has committed to the South African plant

The first FAW passenger car made its debut earlier this The Sirius was introduced as a seven-seater vehicle, as well as a panel

Both these variants are by a 1.3 l petrol engine developing 67 kW of and 120 Nm of torque.

In July, FAW added a 1.5 l unit, 75 kW of power and 140 Nm of torque.

Transmission on the is a five-speed manual gearbox and is through the rear wheels.

capacity for the two models is 525 kg for the seven-seater occupants and load) and 545 kg for the panel van driver, passenger and load).

The van can tow an unbraked trailer of 480 kg and the 7-seater is at 600 kg. The loading space in the panel van is 1 670 mm 1 270 mm wide and 1 070 mm high.

Standard include alloy wheels, dual airbags, antilock system brakes with brake distribution, remote central locking, power electric windows, audio consisting of a radio with MP3 and USB port, remote keyless front and rear fog lamps, immobiliser and headlamp levelling.

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The Sirius is covered by a three-year/100 000 km warranty, roadside assistance for a and a four-year/60 000 km service plan.

for the range starts at R149

The vehicle is imported and distributed by FAW Africa (SA) light and passenger vehicles, which is by the local Imperial group.

The FAW operation in South Africa is by FAW, in China.

Should FAW production of passenger cars in Africa, FAW SA light commercial and vehicles, as the local distributor, source its vehicles locally, and the 25% import duties currently on the imported vehicles, says GM Pereira .

“We have a national of 21 dealers. Most of our dealers are Imperial facilities,” he adds. are currently in talks with interested parties and expect to a few more FAW outlets shortly.”

The of the 1.5 l Sirius model will be later this year by the of the small V2 1.3 l hatchback, probably at under R100 000.

A vehicle is set to make its debut in 2014, with a medium and bigger sedan to follow in the year.

Late 2014 will see the of a single- and double-cab pick-up says Pereira.

“Then we may to become a really big player in the market.”

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