Master Changan Motors Limited has become the first automaker in Pakistan to initiate vehicle export under the new Auto Industry Development and Export Policy (AIDEP 2021-26). Under the new auto policy, all OEMs were required to initiate vehicle exports to help develop the local industry and expand the export capability of the country.
The country’s first export unit under the new policy is the Changan Oshan X7. The Oshan X7 is also the country’s first vehicle to be launched through a global RHD premiere earlier in March 2022. Pakistan is the only country outside of China to produce the latest model of Changan Oshan X7. The global premier was viewed across all RHD markets digitally, resulting in the start of global exports of the futuristic vehicle. The first unit was exported to a market in the Oceania region. The announcement was made at a ceremony at Master Changan’s plant in Karachi. The company’s CEO together with the management witnessed the vehicle being loaded in a container as it was shipped off to the port.
“We are delighted and proud to lead Pakistan into a new chapter for the auto industry and make its mark on a global level”, Danial Malik – CEO Master Changan Motors Limited said. “The Changan Oshan X7 is the first of many more vehicles to be exported under our vision to stay Future Forward, Forever and the Auto Industry Development and Export Policy (AIDEP 2021-26)”.
Master Changan is not only building vehicles of international level build quality, design and safety features but has also stayed true to its vision of becoming the RHD Export hub of Changan vehicles from Pakistan to the world.
Changan Oshan X7 was launched in March 2022 and features class-leading specifications. The vehicle is a package of head-turning looks and best-in-class performance. Equipped with the newest generation 1.5L Turbo engine, a 7-speed DCT Transmission and intelligent features like adaptive cruise control, collision warning and auto braking. Oshan X7 churns out an incredible 300 Nm torque and 185 hp output.
Pakistan is Changan’s first and only RHD manufacturing base and is helping the brand expand globally. The state-of-the-art plant was completed in a record time of just 13 months and now has the capacity to produce 50,000 vehicles annually.
“Master Changan is our first RHD production base and we are very happy to export our RHD Oshan X7 SUV from Pakistan”, Steven Zhao – Vice CEO Master Changan Motors Limited remarked.
Master Changan Motors Limited was established in 2018 as a result of the country’s Auto Policy 2016-21 with an investment of USD 136 million and a promise to bring futuristic vehicles within the reach of Pakistanis. Master Changan is the only JV with an OEM in three decades bringing in much needed FDI and Technology Transfer to Pakistan and within three years has become #4 in Pakistan’s auto industry. Changan is China’s #1 in domestic sales for over a decade. The brand leads in innovation and quality amongst all Chinese automobiles (Ranked #1 in Quality by JD Power) and has the highest investment in R&D in China.