Two months after the global debut of the all-new Wuling Air EV in Indonesia, SAIC-GM-Wuling announced that it has just started production of the new zero-emission Wuling minicar at its manufacturing complex in Indonesia.
General Motors’ second joint venture in China began series production of the all-new Wuling Air EV on Monday, August 8th in Indonesia, the only country outside China’s borders where SGMW has a significant official presence and a manufacturing facility. As is the case with its official reveal, this is the first time that the manufacturer has started production of a vehicle abroad that it has not yet presented in its country of origin.
As such, the all-new Wuling Air EV becomes SGMW’s first global fully electric vehicle developed with the new brand image, and also the first of that new range to be officially introduced in international markets. The joint venture confirmed that in addition to the Indonesian market, the new Air EV will soon be introduced in India, Egypt and other countries and regions around the world.
The first units of the all-new Wuling Air EV that rolled off the production line at the SGMW plant in Indonesia correspond to the right-hand-drive version, which will initially be destined for the domestic market and then to other countries that share the RHD homologation. The vehicle was intended to meet mobility needs and lead the all-electric era in emerging Asian countries.
In fact, the official ceremony for the production start of the all-new Wuling Air EV was attended by the Minister of Economic Coordination and the Minister of Industry of Indonesia, who reaffirmed their recognition of the first domestically manufactured zero-emission car as the official vehicle of the 2022 G20 Summit to be held in that country next November.
The all-new Wuling Air EV was presented to the public for the first time on August 11th at the 2022 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS), which is held in the BSD city of the Jakarta metropolitan area. The vehicle is expected to go on sale at the end of the third quarter in the Indonesian market and be officially launched in China before the end of the year, as the brand’s third EV minicar after the Mini EV and Nano EV.