Photo taken on April 9, 2020 shows an employee is working on a production line in the final assembly workshop in Xinjiang. (Xinhua/Pan Ying)
URUMQI, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has been accelerating the transformation and upgrading of the automobile industry since the beginning of the year, to inject impetus for the local economic development, reported Xinjiang Daily Monday.
As of October 17, the Xinjiang branch of Chinese automaker GAC Motor achieved an output volume of 3,145 of passenger cars this year, valuing some 358 million yuan.
Meanwhile, a heavy-duty automaker in Xinjiang under the Shaanxi Automobile Co., Ltd. has produced and sold a total of 4,285 heavy trucks in the first eight months of the year, with an output value amounting to over 1.4 billion yuan.
The company has produced and sold 23,700 heave trucks since it was put into production in Xinjiang as the first enterprise engaged with the auto manufacturing sector, posting an accumulated output value of nearly 7 billion yuan.
11 automakers such as GAC Motor, Shanghai Volkswagen have settled branches in Xinjiang, and their product range covers heavy trucks, special vehicles, buses, and passenger cars.
Xinjiang is laying out the new energy vehicle (NEV) industry, focusing on developing natural gas vehicles, electric vehicles, and other clean energy cars.
In April this year, the production base of the whole industrial chain of the NEV with a total investment of 4.5 billion yuan in Kuitun city of Xinjiang began construction, which is expected to achieve an annual output of 1,000 units of new energy buses and 3,000 units of new energy special vehicles.
It is noted that Xinjiang vows to support automobile manufacturing enterprises in introducing new models, expanding product lines and scale, and strengthening the construction of local cooperation and supporting industries, said the local authority.
(Edited by Jiang Feifan with Xinhua Silk Road, firstname.lastname@example.org)