BEIJING, March 1 Top Chinese automaker SAIC Motor
Corp (600104.SS) said it will start selling its first premier
light commercial van, the MAXUS Datong, globally in the second
half of this year.
SAIC did not provide a sales target in an emailed statement,
but its overall annual commercial capacity is estimated at
between 400,000 and 500,000 units by 2015.
MAXUS Datong, which was developed based on the technologies
acquired from British commercial maker LCD in 2009, will broaden
its commercial vehicle portfolio that now includes heavy and
light duty trucks and buses.
SAIC is the only Chinese automaker to have gained some
inroads in the country's lucrative mid-to-higher end car market
that is dominated by global players.
Sales of its Roewe and MG sedans surged 78 percent from a
year earlier, outperforming a 33 percent gain in the overall
market, official data showed.
SAIC also operates auto manufacturing ventures with General
Motors (GM.N) and Volkswagen (VOWG.DE).
(Reporting by Fang Yan and Ken Wills)