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GM’s Chinese-market passenger van, the Chevrolet Move N300, is suffering from slow commercial sales. Seeing a potential market for export, the ever-so-resourceful American automaker has decided to deliver 5,000 of these Chinese complete-knock-down van kits to Egypt. While Egyptian import duties has made building vehicles in North America difficult, CKD kits (Complete Knock Down) provides automakers the ability to legally bypass these regulations operations.
According to Shen Yang, the president of SGMW, a three-shareholder joint venture between SAIC Motor Corporation Limited, Liuzhou Wuling Motors Co Limited and GM China, “The introduction of the Chevrolet Move will help SGMW expand market in Egypt and also seek more opportunities to cover the market in North Africa and the Arabia Free Trade Zone. Besides, it also helps SGMW to increase its export volume and further expand the competitiveness of sales and products.”
The Move N300 will complement the existing smaller N200, which is also imported from China, and currently distributed in African markets by GM Egypt. Chevrolet offers a line of vehicles in Egypt, mostly smaller passenger cars from GM’s Korean operation, through its Al-Monsour Automotive Company distributor and partner. Al-Monsour also runs a CKD factory in 6th-of-October City, Egypt.