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|10th June 2013, 16:50||#1|
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Great Wall Motors eyes Pune for first Indian factory
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Chinese automaker Great Wall Motors is looking to set shop in India's auto manufacturing capital of sorts, Pune, by 2016. Great Wall Motors is said be conducting customer workshops to gauge the response to the Haval H5, a hot selling SUV in its line up. Known more for its SUVs, Great Wall Motors is China's largest SUV maker. The automaker has been spotted testing the Haval H5 SUV and the Wingle pick up truck numerous times in India. While the rumour mill was agog with a possible tie up between Great Wall Motors and ICML Sonalika for a SUV making joint venture, it now seems like the Chinese automaker is going it alone in India.
By setting shop in Pune, Great Wall Motors will be following in the footsteps of competitor and compatriot Foton. Great Wall's facility is expected to come up close to the Foton factory at Khed, off Pune. While Foton is all set to launch the Thunder/Tunland pick up truck in India next year, Great Wall's first product, most perhaps the Haval H5, could be launched in India during 2016. Until then though, Great Wall could conduct enough customer clinics across India to gauge the Indian car buyer's response to its SUV. The Haval H5 SUV is a 5 seater that comes with a 2 liter VGT turbo diesel engine outputting 150 Bhp-310 Nm. Both 2 wheel drive and four wheel drive variants of the SUV are sold internationally.
As the Haval H5 is already sold in right hand drive markets such as Australia and South Africa, Great Wall Motors has a ready layout for the Indian car market. Notably, Great Wall will showcase the likes of the Haval H5 SUV and other products at the upcoming 2014 Indian Auto Expo. The Chinese car maker operates in diverse locations across the globe including Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Australia. Apart from making its SUV and UV range in China, most facilities that Great Wall Motors has established are assembly facilities which assemble CKD kits into full fledged SUVs. Great Wall has big expansion plans in place with assembly facilities all set to come up in countries such as Brazil, South Africa and the Philippines.
The Indian factory could be one such facility. Meanwhile, we've had a slew of Chinese cars entering the Indian car market over the past few years. Notable exampled include the Chevrolet Sail sedan and hatchback, and the Enjoy MPV, all of which are rebadged SAIC products. Similarly, Force Motors sells the Force One, originally the Guangdong Foday Explorer, Hindustan Motors sells the Shifeng Winner pick up truck and Premier Limited sells the Zotye Nomad SUV as the Rio. While all these products are rebadged examples with the Chinese car makers leaving it to the Indian collaborators to handle the front end and manufacturing side of the business, Foton and Great Wall Motors are demonstrating greater ambitions.
By setting shop in India and establishing a factory to builds their UVs and SUVs, Foton and Great Wall Motors are the new crop of Chinese automakers seeking to grab a growing pie of the Indian car and utility vehicle market. Expect more Chinese car makers to come calling on India if Great Wall Motors and Foton enjoy reasonable success in the country. With the Indian car industry already playing host to a horde of global car makers, most of whom enjoy high repute, the Chinese car makers will have their task cut out. On whether the Chinese manage to crack the Indian car market remains to be seen. For now though, the ball already seems to been set in motion.
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|10th June 2013, 18:02||#2|
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Re: Great Wall Motors eyes Pune for first Indian factory
Another Great Wall Motors related thread.
I do see, quite often, cars made by GWM here in China.I am quite impressed with their SUV range especially Haval 6 and Haval 5, not driven yet though.In fact,Haval 6 has been the Top most seller[about 15000/month] in the SUV segment in China for few months now, leaving behind VW Tiguan, Honda CRV , Hyundai ix35 and Nissan Qashqai.
I had, in fact, posted a similar article sourced from Economic times earlier today in this thread. (Chinese Cars : Would they sell in India?)
1.http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/intern...ell-india.html (Chinese Cars : Would they sell in India?)
2.http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...hed-india.html (Chinese SUV Haval-h5 to be launched in India?)
3.http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...car-india.html (ICML to launch Chinese SUV - Haval H5 - Scoop by Autocar India)
|10th June 2013, 18:05||#3|
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Re: Great Wall Motors eyes Pune for first Indian factory
Not too bad looking eh? Quite unlike Chinese models with too much of bling and over design this looks like a little more sobered down.
But then one has to see whether they can go the whole hog of ASS, reliability and pricing - and importantly dynamics and safety and perceptions of consumers. We do not hear much of scorching sales of either the Winner or the Rio - possibly it speaks more of their partners in India!
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