Chery Auto to export 170,000 vehicles in 2012

Chery Automobile Co. said Wednesday that its exports for both May and June exceeded 20,000 units, marking a new stage for the company’s overseas expansion.

Company spokesman Jin Yibo said Chery exported 20,012 vehicles in June, up 20.7 percent year on year.

In May, the company exported 20,093 vehicles, up 42.4 year on year, Jin said.

“Chery exported 91,605 vehicles in the first half of 2012 and will realize an export target of 170,000 vehicles this year,” Jin said.

Chery exported a record 160,200 vehicles last year, maintaining its status as the country’s leading auto exporter.

Chery has established 16 overseas production centers to produce customized vehicles for local customers. It has more than 1,153 dealers overseas, selling its products in over 80 countries and regions.

The instability of the international market has created challenges for Chery, Jin said, adding that the company has taken action to build a solid overseas market, including developing new markets in Brazil, improving after-sale services and exploring new products.

Chery opened a plant in Venezuela last August and is expected to start operations at another plant currently under construction in Brazil in September 2013.

The company has also announced plans to build assembly plants in Myanmar and several African countries.

Xinhua