Microvan manufacturer DFSK announced its return to the UK at the NEC following the appointment of a new importer and distributor.
Bassadone Automotive, which also owns Ssangyong Motor UK, Ssangyong’s importer, has set up a new distribution company, Vehicle Import and Distribution, to bring the budget Chinese LCVs to the UK.
From the summer, four models will be available: the C31 single-cab minitruck, C32 double-cab minitruck (pictured), C35 panel van and C37 minivan. The range is expected to have an opening price of below £10,000 and the vehicles will be powered by a 1.5-litre Euro6 petrol engine.
Doug Lincoln, operations director at Vehicle Import and Distribution, told What Van?: “We are in the process of getting homologation for Europe.” The importer also confirmed there will be a network of nationwide service centres, while the firm said retail outlets would be located “strategically”.
“We believe there is a huge opportunity for DFSK in the UK,” Lincoln added. “From small independent businesses through to local authorities, cost-saving and value for money is today’s mantra.
Why pay more when a DFSK delivers such a great return on investment?
“We particularly see huge opportunities in metropolitan areas where the vehicles’ compact size, manoeuvrability and economical petrol engines are ideal for short, stop-start urban journeys.”
DFSK UK (part of Vestatec Automotive Distribution) previously brought the microvans to the UK, starting with the Loadhopper in 2011. Having displayed the C-series models at the 2016 CV Show, however, the company stopped importing the brand 10 months ago.