HARARE, (Xinhua) --
A joint venture of Chinese and Zimbabwean
auto companies on Monday launched a top-of-the-range
pickup truck, the Grand Tiger, in Zimbabwe.
followed the joint venture forged between Beijing
Automotive Group Co. Ltd (BAIC Group) and two Zimbabwean
companies to form Beiqi Zimbabwe (Pvt) Ltd.
partners are the government owned Willowvale Mazda Motor
Industries and automotive and spare parts dealer Astol
Motors, who jointly own 49 percent of shares in the
Zimbabwe will be involved in the importation of whole
vehicles, knocked down kits, distribution, services and
venture is projected to create 5,000 jobs directly and
indirectly and generate 1.3 million U.S. dollars in
Value Added Tax and other tax revenues in 2017, while
future exports will also generate the much needed
Ambassador to Zimbabwe Huang Ping said that Chinese
companies had cast a vote of confidence in Zimbabwe’s
development, and the latest venture was a culmination of
agreements signed during President Xi Jinping’s visit to
Zimbabwe in 2015.
that the cooperation with BAIC Group will inject new and
strength into Willowvale Motor Industries plant and
energy bring it into new successes,” he said.
Tiger comes as a 4x2 or 4x4 single or double cab and is
equipped with a Toyota technology 2.5l common rail
turbo-charge diesel engine which saves fuel through an
intelligent electronic control fuel injection system
that gives it 100 km per 6 liters.
minimum ground clearance of 210 mm coupled with military
chassis technology, the truck is suitable for Zimbabwe’s
rugged terrain and is an addition to various other
Chinese models locally available, such as GWM, Chery and
the truck is equipped with dual airbags, Anti-skid
Braking and Electronic Brake-force Distribution systems.
model is equipped with a 7-inch touch screen, integrated
mobile phone interconnection, multimedia player, tire
pressure monitoring, navigation and reversing visual
images, among other features.
cab goes for about between 20,000 U.S. dollars and
32,000 U.S. dollars and compares with common brands in
the country such as the Toyota Hilux while goes for more
than 37,000 U.S. dollars for a single cab and a minimum
45,000 U.S. dollars for the double cab.
costs a minimum 49,000 U.S. dollars, while Nissan sells
for up to 52,000 U.S. dollars.
passenger car and SUV will be launched in the mid and
late 2017 respectively under a three-year plan projected
to see sales going up from an initial 500 units to 1,500
It is also
envisaged that the company will start exporting to other
southern African countries in 2018.
honor and Minister of Industry and Commerce Mike Bimha
said the government would continue to play its
facilitatory role by improving the business climate and
addressing major constraints affecting the business
community in general and the car assembly industry in
He said the
government would also want to see Beiqi Zimbabwe moving
from semi-knocked down production to completely knocked
down production and possibly venture into local
production of vehicle components.
fulfill the objectives of the African Union’s Agenda
2063, the SADC Industrialization Agenda and Roadmap as
well as government’s blueprint, the ZimAsset, which
places emphasis on the development of value chains,” he
Zimbabwe general manager Wang Hefeng promised technology
transfer to Zimbabwe and good value for money.
going to ensure that there are enough spare parts in the
country for the vehicles that we are going to sell to
you,” he said.
that the Grand Tiger had been tested across all terrains
in the country and had done well.
1958, BAIC Group is one of the top four largest
automobile enterprises in China and the largest
state-owned industrial enterprise group in Beijing with
has established KD assembly plants and parts bases in
over 20 countries and has been listed four years running
among Fortune Global Top 500 companies where it ranked
160th in 2016.
products are BAIC Motor, Foton, BAIC Yinxiang, Beijing
Hyundai, Beijing Benz, Changhe Suzuki, BFDA,
BeiqiPenglong and BAIC International.
In 2016, it
sold 2.8 million vehicles and generated an operating
revenue of 70 billion U.S. dollars.