A General Motors joint venture in China will begin exporting complete-knocked-down kits of one of its most popular family vans to Egypt, where it will be assembled and marketed as the Chevrolet Move, the auto maker says.

SAIC-GM-Wuling builds minicommercial vehicles, passenger vans and Baojun-brand passenger cars at its plant in Qingdao, Shandong province.

Up to now, it has produced and sold the family van exclusively in China, where it is known as the Wuling Rong Guang.

The auto maker says it delivered 290,000 of the vans in the year’s first 10 months.

SGMW President Shen Yang says the decision to export the family van marks the first time one of the auto maker’s vehicles will be assembled outside of China.

“Introduction of the Chevrolet Move will help SGMW expand its market in Egypt and also help us seek more opportunities to cover the markets in North Africa and (the) Arabia Free Trade Zone,” he says in a statement.

The Chevrolet Move has been exported to Egypt as a completely built-up vehicle since its introduction there in 2009.

Egyptian kit assembly is expected to launch in third-quarter 2012 with 5,000 units annually.