June 22, 2021

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Great Wall to launch 9 models at Thailand factory over next 3 years

Great Wall Motor Co. will launch nine products in Thailand over the next three years using a newly acquired assembly plant from General Motors in the southeast Asia country. 

The vehicles will be assembled at a plant in Rayong in eastern Thailand that the major private Chinese light-vehicle maker purchased from GM last year. 

The products will be distributed in Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries, Great Wall said this week.

The first two products to be built will be the Haval-badged H6 compact crossover 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.

Great Wall in 2019 also signed an agreement with GM to acquire the U.S. auto giant’s Talegaon plant in western India. But the deal has been stalled due to deterioration in China-India relations, triggered by border conflicts. 

In 2020, Great Wall 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.