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    Maxus arrives in Singapore, Australia, New Zealand

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    SAIC Maxus opens overseas developed markets a new route




    At the beginning of 2013, SAIC Maxus continues its growth momentum in the global market, has been further strengthened by the listing ceremony of the signing ceremony of Singapore dealer agreement, cum first batch of vehicle export orders and the Australian market products, its global marketing network layout.



    January 15, Maxus Singapore dealer agreement, cum first batch of vehicle export orders, SAIC signing ceremony at the Shanghai Automotive Commercial Vehicle Co., Ltd. headquarters was held, commercial vehicles of SAIC and Nanjing Automobile Import and Export Corporation leadership, SAIC Maxus Singapore dealer group president attended the ceremony and signed. By the conclusion of this cooperation, the strategic layout of SAIC Maxus Southeast Asian market has been further improved, and effective co-ordination of key markets such as Malaysia, SAIC Maxus products and services and gradually cover the whole of Southeast Asia, has taken a solid step in the development of overseas business.



    January 23, SAIC Maxus hand in the Shanghai Automobile Import and Export Co., Ltd. and overseas distributors the copolymerization of Sydney, SAIC Maxus Australian market to market grand start the ceremony. Qiu Dea, Counsellor at the Chinese consulate in Australia to attend the event, congratulated the initial results of the SAIC Maxus overseas strategy, but also a group of outstanding car brands above steam Maxus said the encouragement and support in the development of overseas. Activities at the scene, the SAIC Maxus Australian dealer WMC also common to the Starlight UNICEF donated a Accessibility car, has won the praise of the media and the public in Australia. The success of the product launch held not only means that the SAIC Maxus strong brand landing of the Australian market to open a new route of the commercial vehicle market in the Southern Hemisphere, but also indicates that SAIC Maxus overseas developed markets layout is taking shape. In addition to the Australian market, SAIC Maxus in the New Zealand market equally impressive, January 25, SAIC Maxus in New Zealand's capital Auckland and overseas distributors signed the distribution agreement, announced that it will enter the New Zealand market this year. At this point, SAIC Maxus's global marketing network expanded further strengthen the global layout.





    Background information:

    Starlight UNICEF (Starlight Children's Foundation Australia) was established in 1988, is one of Australia's most influential charities, with more than 50 full-time staff and 105,000 volunteers across Australia. Foundation for children's long-term commitment to public welfare support in the the medical ailments relief and poverty-stricken children and their families living. "Starlight" treatment relief project to provide a set of seriously ill children, lit the hope of life for the poor children and the time for them to find the joy of childhood.

    Source: http://dealer.bitauto.com/100044966/news/201301/4037169.html
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    Post by patpending on Mon Jan 28, 2013 10:05 am

    I was thinking "We know which country has a border with Singapore" and looking for the orangey-red Weststar ad with a Maxus in KL and found this from August 2011:

    http://westpro.wordpress.com/2011/08/07/new-weststar-maxus/

    Weststar who made history by becoming SAIC’s first ever overseas joint venture partner, will begin receiving the CKD vehicles beginning August this year and assemble them at their facility in Klang and Port Klang with an initial capacity of 2,000 units. The plant will gradually increase its capacity to 10,000 units annually.

    Weststar Maxus Distributors (initially Weststar LDV Distributors) has been the Malaysian distributor for the full range of Maxus commercial vehicles since 2006, supplying 80 per cent of its volume to the Government Agencies and the balance to the retail customers.

    Weststar Maxus, who also holds the distribution rights for the entire Asia Pacific region, including Japan, plans to launch the Maxus van in Indonesia and Thailand in early 2012. We are also looking into markets in the Philippines, Indo China and Vietnam.

    Presumably none of this happened.

    But "where in the world" does mguk.org reach?

    Let watch this brief video.
    http://www.mguk.org/t528-video-the-new-luxurious-maxus-v80

    Honestly I was so excited to watch this video and could not wait any longer to test drive one!

    That's Weststar themselves 18 months ago, I think...
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    Post by Windy on Mon Jan 28, 2013 10:40 am

    patpending wrote:Presumably none of this happened.
    May take a while to work it out, but Weststar appears to have no dealers in Singapore: http://maxus-distributors.com/sales-dealer-locator/ , or in fact outside Malaysia.

    I was going to suggest it was because Singapore is right hand drive, but actually they both are along with Oz and NZ!
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    Post by Windy on Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:06 am

    Here are some images of the Kapar-Malasia assembly factory: http://weststar.com.my/gallery.aspx?gid=85
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    Post by Windy on Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:21 am

    patpending wrote:I was thinking "We know which country has a border with Singapore"
    ...


    Weststar Maxus, who also holds the distribution rights for the entire Asia Pacific region, including Japan, plans to launch the Maxus van in Indonesia and Thailand in early 2012. We are also looking into markets in the Philippines, Indo China and Vietnam.

    Presumably none of this happened.
    I suspect that Singapore has been included in with the Oceania region, and that in this case "Asia Pacific region" does not include Oceania! confused
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    Post by patpending on Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:33 am

    Windy wrote:
    patpending wrote:I was thinking "We know which country has a border with Singapore"
    ...


    Weststar Maxus, who also holds the distribution rights for the entire Asia Pacific region, including Japan, plans to launch the Maxus van in Indonesia and Thailand in early 2012. We are also looking into markets in the Philippines, Indo China and Vietnam.

    Presumably none of this happened.
    I suspect that Singapore has been included in with the Oceania region, and that in this case "Asia Pacific region" does not include Oceania! confused

    Isn't that interesting - so they ARE making Maxus in Malaysia? - but exporting whole vans to Singapore, Oz and NZ from China?

    Whereas the Thai JV will supply cars to Australia... and where else, I wonder?

    In the region Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia (all of which have dealerships) drive on the right and Burma changed in 1970. However, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia all drive on the left. Nepal is already an MG country and they drive on the left too (where practicable!)

    http://brianlucas.ca/roadside/

    The Friendship Bridge from Thailand to Laos features a crossover in the middle...

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    Post by Windy on Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:06 am

    Interesting link study

    I'd not heard this explanation before:
    Until the mid-60's, all Lancias, even in LHD Italy, were manufactured as RHD. Lancia intended the cars to be suitable for use on the Alpine passes, so when driving on the right, the driver was also on the right, and could see the edge of the road. Apparently falling off the edge of the road is a greater danger than head-on collisions. (Clint Rodgers) Modern Italian trucks in the Alps are still often right-hand-drive for the same reason.


    And it seems the problem is even worse on the rails:

    Rui Gustavo Crespo notes that where neighboring countries run their trains on opposite sides of the track, trains must switch sides at the border. "In The Netherlands trains run on the right, but in Belgium they move on the left. Last Sunday I travelled between the two countries. At Roosendal (a Dutch city close to the border), the train stopped at the railway station and had to wait for permission to move to the left track: from then, although we were still in Netherlands, our train was conducted on the left."
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    Post by patpending on Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:28 am

    I like Italy best:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right-_and_left-hand_traffic#Italy

    In Italy the practice of traffic driving on the right first began in the late 1890s, but it was not until the mid 1920s that it became standard throughout the country. There was a long period when traffic in the countryside drove on the right while major cities continued to drive on the left.[85] Rome, for example, did not change from left to right until 20 October 1924. Milan was the last Italian city to change to driving on the right (3 August 1926). Cars had remained right-hand drive (RHD) until this time. Italian car makers Alfa Romeo and Lancia did not produce LHD cars until as late as 1950 and 1953, respectively.[86]

    though they do say that the Irish Republic is planning to cement its membership of the EU by having all cars drive on the right from April 1st. If the experiment is a success, it will be extended a month later to lorries and buses which will then switch to driving on the right also.
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    Post by patpending on Sat Feb 16, 2013 8:55 am

    Weststar's website is up to date and talks of assembling 500-600 vans a year... (about ten vans a week) (since when?)

    http://maxus-distributors.com/


    Assembling, Distributing, Marketing & Sales and After Sales Services

    Weststar Maxus Distributors Sdn Bhd (formerly known as Weststar LDV Distributors Sdn Bhd) is the sole distributor for the Weststar Maxus van and also handles the sales & marketing and after sales services for the Malaysian market. In addition to this, Weststar Maxus Distributors customises the van for a range of commercial uses, such as medical, postal, security, VIP transport and other services.

    With a strong belief in building customised vehicles to perfection and delivering quality products to the customer, Weststar Maxus Distributors quickly won contracts with various Malaysian governmental and commercial entities such as the Fire Department, Health Ministry, Armed Forces, Youth & Sports Ministry and various hospitals.

    This led to sales of 500 – 600 units annually, as the Weststar Maxus became a familiar sight in the country.

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    Post by Windy on Sat Feb 16, 2013 9:57 am

    patpending wrote:Weststar's website is up to date and talks of assembling 500-600 vans a year... (about ten vans a week) (since when?)

    http://maxus-distributors.com/
    Don't know, the Malaysian vehicle sale figures appear very comprehensive, but I can't see any Maxus or LDV sales scratch
    http://www.maa.org.my/pdf/Market_Review_2012.pdf

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