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Belarusian-Chinese cars on sale in Russia in June

23 May 2013

MINSK (BelTA) – Belarusian-Chinese cars Geely will be put on sale in Russia in June, head of the sales and service division at BelGee Alexei Krichmar told reporters answering a question of a BelTA journalist on 23 May.

He informed that the cars will be sold via the Geely retail network in Russia.

Alexei Krichmar informed that Geely SC7 cars have already been tested and are now available for retail customers. They cost about $13,000. About 30 cars have already been purchased by individual customers. “As for companies, they are concluding letters of intents,” he said. The first batch of Belarusian-Chinese assembly cars made by the Borisov-based company BelGee has been available in dealerships since March.

The company has also assembled several EMGrand X7 crossovers that are undergoing tests. The crossovers will soon be available in dealerships. The cost of the cars has not been finalized yet, but their price is likely to range from $19,000 to $23,000. Three modifications of EMGrand X7 crossovers will be available.

The joint venture plans to sell about 700 cars in Belarus in 2013. The company caters to mainstream customer groups. Next year BelGee has plans to sell 2,000-2,500 Geely cars. The lineup of the cars assembled in Belarus will be expanded. In general, BelGee is determined to hold from 7% to 12% of the Belarusian market of new cars.

The private joint-stock company BelGee was set up on 23 December 2011. The investment contract with the Chinese company Geely was signed in March 2012. The enterprise to assemble cars uses premises rented from the Borisov-based company OAO Avtogydrousilitel. The enterprise can use semi-knocked down kits to assemble 10,000 cars per annum. It employs 57 people. BelGee founders are OAO BelAZ (50% of the shares), the Chinese company Geely (32.5%), and the Belarusian-Chinese automobile parts manufacturer Soyuzavtotekhnologii.

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