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SAIC commercial vehicle sales soar in Australia, New Zealand
Automotive News China | 2016/11/1

SAIC Commercial Vehicle Co. delivered 1,791 Maxus vans and large multipurpose vehicles to Australia and New Zealand in the first nine months, a jump of 91 percent from a year earlier.

Those sales accounted for about 30 percent of its overseas deliveries, the company said.

SAIC Commercial Vehicle Co. sells the Maxus V80 van and G10 MPV in Australia and New Zealand.

The V80 is fitted with a 2.5-liter turbocharged diesel engine, while the G10 is powered by 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine or a 1.9-liter turbocharged diesel.

Maxus has become the top-selling Chinese vehicle brand in Australia and New Zealand, according to SAIC. Meanwhile, sales of other Chinese exporters -- such as Great Wall Motor Co. and Chery Automobile Co. -- have thinned to a trickle. 

The V80 and G10 were developed on a platform that SAIC bought in 2009 from LDV Group, a bankrupt U.K. commercial vehicle maker. The vehicles are built in Wuxi in east China's Jiangsu province.

The two models also are exported to the U.K., Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar and South Africa.

In the first nine months, Maxus sales in and outside China surged 32 percent year on year to 32,900 vehicles.

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