Interest within the autos is rising among the many nation’s city residents who’re taking on outside pursuits as COVID-19 measures discourage gatherings and severely hit home and worldwide journey.
Nonetheless, gross sales of pickups fell 10 p.c within the first 5 months of the yr, towards a 13 p.c decline in passenger autos extra broadly, knowledge from the China Passenger Car Association confirmed, with the trade additionally hit by COVID restrictions.
Ling stated Geely goals to start out providing the RD6 to Chinese shoppers within the fourth quarter whereas the corporate can be finding out Southeast Asian markets for potential growth alternatives.
Geely may additionally search to deliver the vans to the United States, the world’s largest pickup market, to compete with fashions from automakers comparable to Ford, Tesla and Rivian, Ling stated.
China’s pickup market is presently dominated by Hebei-based Great Wall Motor, whereas overseas fashions embody Ford’s F-150 Raptor and a $9,000 pickup truck launched by General Motors with its native three way partnership final yr.
Radar will add to the greater than 10 passenger automobile manufacturers Geely owns, which embody Zeekr and Polestar. It will produce the pickups at a plant within the jap province of Shandong, the corporate stated.
Geely beforehand rolled out a pickup with a combustion engine priced from 119,900 yuan ($17,815.75) two years in the past.