U.S. auto manufacturers eye China’s increasingly popular pickup market

But China’s pickup volumes have a prolonged way to go right before they arrive at U.S. concentrations. U.S. pickup gross sales climbed six % previous calendar year to three.1 million, accounting for 18.2 % of all new autos offered. In comparison, China pickup gross sales lowered 4.7 % to about 452,000, in an in general current market down 8.2 % for its second-straight calendar year of contraction.

Kang forecasts China pickup gross sales to drop to 390,847 in 2020, owing partly to the pandemic.

Pickup gross sales are supported by a gradual loosening of limits on driving the vans in metropolitan areas. Regulators have eased up, partly in an work to fan gross sales amid the current market slump. Demand is deemed nonetheless mainly untapped and primed for prolonged-term expansion.

Other major domestic players incorporate Jiangling Motors Corp., Jiangxi Isuzu Motors Co., Zhengzhou Nissan Auto Co. and Jianghuai Auto Co. But late previous calendar year, Ford informed Reuters it may possibly take into consideration regional output of pickups, and Fiat Chrysler Vehicles stated it prepared to someday market the Jeep Gladiator in China.

So considerably, Nissan Motor Co. is the only international automaker that has localized pickup output. It can make the Nissan Navara gasoline pickup at its joint undertaking with Dongfeng Motor Team.

If U.S. models dig deeper into the Chinese pickup current market, they may have to downsize a bit. Though full-size pickups are booming business in the U.S., Chinese customers need a thing more compact. The Fantastic Wall P, for instance, is closer in size to the Ford Ranger midsize pickup.

In introducing the P, Fantastic Wall stated it will go to “markets around the globe and compete with global mainstream pickup models.”

The company’s supreme concentrate on, it states, is to come to be one particular of the world’s top rated three pickup models.

The truck’s new assembly plant features an sophisticated electronic logistics network, entire automation of its welding workshop, an army of robots in the paint store and a fleet of automated guided autos to supply elements for last assembly. Fantastic Wall stated the factory “will aid the globalization tactic of Fantastic Wall Motors based mostly on its marketplace-leading intelligent manufacturing amount and market ‘Chinese power’ to adjust the world.”