You may not have ever heard of the brands Seres, Changan, Dongfeng and Zeekr, however you may see some of them on Australian roads in the future
Chinese car makers are building a significant presence in Australia, with brands such as BYD, MG and Great Wall Motors becoming heavy hitters in the local market, offering bang-for-your-buck motoring that has resonated with Aussie markets.
China has become the world’s largest automotive producer, producing a staggering 27.02 million units during 2022.
But the region isn’t planning to slow down anytime soon, with some companies set to expand to other markets, including Australia, following in the footsteps of BYD, Chery, MG and GWM.
Let’s take a look at four Chinese brands you could soon see on Aussie roads.
Who/what/where: Chinese government-owned, headquartered in Chongqing, China, manufacturer of passenger cars, microvans, commercial vans and light trucks
Likely model for Australia: Changan Hunter pickup truck, Deepal range of vehicles including several new SUVs
When could it come to Australia? Changan Deepal has announced it will be bringing its vehicles to markets such as South East Asia, as well as Europe, but proximity and right-hand drive production means Australia could be next.
Manufacturing for Deepal sub-brand set to begin in Rayong, Thailand in 2025
Interesting facts about Changan
Who/what/where: headquartered in Santa Clara, California, private company, manufacturing in China and USA
What it builds/speciality: electric passenger vehicles
Likely model for Australia: Seres 7 electric SUV, Seres 3 compact/small SUV – a Seres spokesperson in Munich during the IAA motor show told Chasing Cars it was committed to bringing products to the Australian market
Interesting facts about Seres
Who/what/where: Chinese government-owned, headquartered in Wuhan, China, founded in 1969
What it builds/speciality: passenger cars, commercial vehicles, buses and automotive components
Likely model for Australia: likely to be its key small and midsize SUV range that includes the AX7 and Shine GS
Interesting facts about the Dongfeng company
What it builds/ speciality: electric cars including the Zeekr X small SUV, the Zeekr 001 shooting brake, the 007 sedan and the 009 people mover
Likely model for Australia: the 009 people mover, very likely to arrive in Australia in the fourth quarter of 2024. Rides on the same platform as the Volvo EM90.
Interesting facts about Zeekr
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