It's going to be available only in four provinces.

General Motors has decided to dip its toes into the Chinese pickup truck market by planning to introduce the Silverado and Colorado starting next year. The versions destined to be sold in the People’s Republic are going to be assembled in United States and will be commercialized in China through parallel import, but only in select areas of the country.

That’s because the Chinese government has a ban on pickup trucks in most cities in a bid to try and reduce traffic congestion as well as diminish air pollution. Only in the Henan, Hebei, Liaoning, and Yunnan provinces automakers are able to sell pickup trucks following a decision to lift the ban in those areas back in March to try and rejuvenate the domestic pickup truck market.

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew

Besides Chevy and its Silverado and Colorado models, Ford will also have a pickup truck on sale in China starting with 2017 when the F-150 SuperCrew pictured above will be launched together with the Focus RS and the GT supercar. All of them are going to be subjected to an import tax of 25 percent, which means their starting prices will be significantly higher compared to their U.S. counterparts even though the vehicles will be virtually the same.

Nissan is the only global automaker in the world that assembles pickups in China where many companies have joint ventures to cater the local market with exclusive products, including the recently announced BMW 1 Series Sedan. Just last week, Mercedes celebrated the assembly of car number 1,000,000 in China where it’s making the long-wheelbase C- and E-Class models together with the GLA and GLC.

While it’s loosening up the ban on pickup trucks, the Chinese government is also pushing electric vehicles to try and partially solve the problems with pollution. For this reason, the local Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has outlined a roadmap to make changes in the next few years in an attempt to boost sales of EVs to 40 percent of the total market by 2030.

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Source: General Motors via Automotive News

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