After an investment of over $ 40 million, the china-based Zotye announced the start of construction of its brazilian plant situated in the brazilian state of Goiás. There will produce 20,000 units a year of the Z100 and T600.
Lto brand china Zotye, famous for cloning the Porsche Macan and the Smart ForTwo, announced the start of the construction of its plant in Brazil, located in Goiás state, just over 200 km from Brasilia. According to the chinese manufacturer, the plant will begin operating in 2018, with the purpose of producing a to 20,000 units a year, employing more than 700 people directly and indirectly.
To this end the chinese invested 150 million reals (41.8 million dollars), together with the signature Electro Motors, a manufacturer of vehicles to electric propulsion. The first models out of the brazilian plant will be the Z100, an urban will be offered in both versions petrol as well as electric. Initially the model will arrive in the domestic market are imported from China in their two versions of motorization.
however it is expected that the first models to arrive, this same year, the SUV named T600, equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that produces 177 HP, in combination with a manual change of five gears or automatic six relations. Then will be produced in Brazil in conjunction with the hatchback Z100.
Zotye will be the third chinese brand to be established in Brazil, after the arrival of Chery and JAC, which is still not managed to finish building the plant started in 2012.