China RV Market Expands

Interest in recreational vehicles is picking up in China as consumers combine the best of their addictions—autos and homes—at a rapid pace.

Great Wall Wingle 3 RV

China became the hottest real estate market in the world over the past few years and it is no secret that China is the world’s largest auto market. But what if both were combined?

China’s RV industry is at the starting point—feet have just left the brakes but it is in a fully fledged sprint towards an imagined finish line of RVs becoming a common site, reports China Car Times.

In 2001 just one single RV was sold in China, by 2010 900 units were sold with about 4500 units on the road since then.

Sales for 2012 are expected to be around 1500 units with total units expected to pass 6000.

America on the other hand has around 8.9 million RVs on the road and 16,500 official places to park up, Korea has around 10,000 RVs and 100 official camp sites, but Japan is the Asian RV king with around 78,000 RVs and 1350 places to camp.

China has roughly 100 camping places with more being added at a rapid place.

Great Wall was one of the first companies to understand the potential behind the domestic RV market. It bolted a basic camper to the back of its then flagship Wingle vehicle in 2007.

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Since then the company has improved its product range and has seen around 30 domestic competitors join the market with self developed products, or existing cargo vehicles that have been adopted for RV life.

International manufacturers such as Iveco, Unicat, Evergreen, and Forest River have been eager to enter the Chinese market.

There are currently 10 such brands in the Chinese market and more are expected to join in the next few months, according to China Car Times.

Chinese RV’s are not cheap, the Great Wall Wingle 3 RV comes in at $40,000 (250,000RMB), an IVECO based RV made by Zhong Tian sells for $75,000 (478,000RMB), an RV based on Nissan’s NV200 from Wuzhou retails for $31,000 (198,000RMB), even a simple caravan from Beijing’s ZhongTian sells for 138,000RMB. Not cheap.

Chinese made RVs may be a hard sell in the Middle Kingdom, high prices coupled with slightly interesting designs are likely to put off Chinese consumers in the short term.

Also those that want to have a small trailer or caravan maybe off put by the Government’s requirement that anybody towing anything requires an ‘A1 or A2’ truck driving license, where as the vast majority of car owners opt for C1 or C2 licenses that allow them to drive regular seven seat or lower passenger cars.

Details

Great Wall Motor Company Limited

Great Wall Motor Company Limited is the largest individual-run auto manufacturer in China and also is the first individual-run auto manufacturer listed on Hong Kong Stock Market.

Great Wall is among the top 500 enterprises, the top 500 mechanisms, and the top 10 listed companies of privately owned enterprises in China.

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They have more than 30 subsidiaries with 20, 000 staff members.

Great Wall carries out the manufacture and sale of light lorry pick-UPS, SUV series, CUV series, RV, special vehicles, auto engines, and components.

They have four complete vehicle bases (mainly produce pick-UPS, SUV, CUV, and passenger cars) and our overall annual productivity is 400,000 units.

Address: 2266 Chaoyang South Avenue, Baoding city, Hebei Pro.,P.R.China

Phone: 0086 312 2197688

Website: gwm.com.cn

Worth Pondering…

Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.

—Maya Angelou

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