Geely South Africa has entered into an agreement with Chongqing Sokon Motor Group Import and Export Company to import and distribute a range of value-for-money half-ton light commercial vehicles that will be sold in South Africa under the DFSK brand.
The vehicles will include a pick-up in both single and double cab configurations, a passenger bus and a cargo van. The pick-up will be available with 1,0l and 1,3l engines while the double cab, bus and van will be available only with the 1,3l engine.
“This is a very exciting new development for us and allows us to introduce a new brand in the light commercial vehicle market that will offer a whole new dimension in value-for-money,” said John Jessup, CEO of Geely South Africa.
“DFSK is the automotive brand of the highly respected Chongqing Sokon Industry Group, which also manufactures car engines, motorcycles and shock absorbers. The group’s automotive division is well known through its joint venture with the Dongfeng (DFM) brand, which is the second largest in China, and also has joint ventures with Honda, Nissan, Kia, Peugeot, Citroen and DFSK. It also manufactures a large range of highly successful heavy commercial vehicles.
“The range, which will be marketed through the Geely SA dealer network,. Its aggressive pricing will start from just R49 990 (excluding VAT) for the 1,0l pick-up model,” Jessup added.
Retail prices (excluding VAT) will be as follows:
1,0 Single Cab Pick-up : R49 990
1,3 Single Cab Pick-up : R59 990
1,3 Double Cab Pick-up : R64 990
1,3 Panel Van : R73 990
1,3 Mini Bus : R76 990
“Further down the track we are looking at introducing DFSK special application vehicles, built by the factory, which will include a mini tipper truck (with both rear and side dump applications), a mini vendor truck, and possibly also an ambulance version.”