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February 15, 2021

Great Wall Motors to Enter Philippine Market?

Chinese automaker Great Wall Motor Co., is embarking on an aggressive expansion in Southeast Asia, and it can come as early as this year.

Plans are already underway to launch nine products in Thailand over the next three years using a newly acquired assembly plant located in Rayong, Thailand acquired from General Motors last year.

These vehicles, confirmed by Great Wall will be distributed not just in Thailand, but in other Southeast Asian countries as well. Plans include the Philippines where the automaker is reportedly already setting up a sales office, including the hiring of staff.

The first two products to be built in Thailand will be the Haval-badged H6 compact crossover (pictured above) and the Ora-brand full electric compact sedan.

Most of the other seven models will be all-electric vehicles, the company added, without providing additional details.

Great Wall completed the purchase of the Rayong plant from GM in November. After a renovation, the factory is due to start production before April.

The Rayong factory is the Chinese company’s second assembly plant outside China. In 2019, Great Wall opened a plant in the Tula Oblast region of central Russia.

In 2020, Great Wall Motor sold 1.11 million vehicles in and outside China, an increase of 4.8 percent from a year earlier. The company’s 2020 deliveries in Russia, where it builds the F7 compact crossover and the H9 SUV, surged 41 percent to 17,381.

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