Chinese commercial vehicle manufacturers expand overseas

By Staff reporter | 26 January 2018

Chinese commercial vehicle manufacturers are stepping up their efforts to expand into developing markets worldwide, as recent individual reports highlight.

Foton announced this week it had begun selling locally assembled trucks in Kenya, as part of its efforts to grow its global sales. 

Its trucks are assembled from knocked down (KD) kits at a plant in Miritini, west of the capital city Mombasa, owned by local company Association of Vehicles Assemblers (AVA). 

Foton described AVA, which also assembles Toyotas and Scanias, as one of the top three auto assemblers in the country. 

Its trucks assembled at Miritini will be sold locally and also exported across eastern and southern Africa, starting with heavy duty trucks and eventually also including medium and light trucks and SUVs.

Foton said it had sold 95,000 vehicles in Africa since 2015, including 4,000 units in Kenya.

Heavy truck manufacturer Shacman has launched sales operations in Panama and is looking to strengthen its sales in markets across Latin America.

The company already sells around 600 trucks annually in Chile and Peru, and is now targeting sales in Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador and Colombia, as well as other markets in Central America.

BYD Auto also announced this week an agreement to supply 15 electric buses with a capacity to carry 90 passengers to the Egyptian Passengers Transportation Authority for use in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria.