Yulon Motor Co (
The company is targeting sales of NT$46.07 billion (US$1.43 billion) this year, up from NT$41.13 billion last year, the company said in a press statement released yesterday after its first board meeting of the year.
"This year, the nation's economy is set to post marginal growth, which is in line with global economic sentiment. We will continue to focus on assembling cars for diversified international brands, while at the same time exploring the automobile electronics market," the statement read.
Yulon's profit before tax last year reached NT$6.01 billion, exceeding the firm's target of NT$5 billion. The company will maintain its pretax profit target at NT$5 billion this year, it said, citing market uncertainties.
According to the statistics from the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, Yulon Motor sold 65,292 vehicles in the local market last year, making it the No. 3 player after Hotai Motor Co's (和泰汽車) 150,324 units and China Motor Corp's (中華汽車) 86,661 vehicles.
Total domestic automobile sales hit 514,626 units last year, up 6.3 percent compared with 484,286 units in 2004. Last year's figures marked the first time in 10 years that local automobile sales exceeded the 500,000-unit mark, the statistics showed.
South East Motor
In related news, South East (Fujian) Motor Co (
"The loan application was just sent to the related authorities on Tuesday and is still pending official approval," Justine Wang (
Under a five-year plan, the Chinese government is offering loans amounting to NT$30 billion for various-sized enterprises registered in China, including Taiwanese firms.
According to Wang, South East (Fujian) Motor needs to raise more capital
this year as it plans to assemble three new vehicle models — Grunder,
Ginger and Lancer — for the Chinese market. South East (Fujian) Motor has
capital of US$138 million.
The company started to make money in the second half of last year and sold
61,000 cars in China last year, up from 60,068 units in 2004. The figure is
expected to rise to 80,000 units this year, China Motor president Huang
Wen-cheng (黃文成) said in a Nov. 28 interview.