Haval is set to open its first Russian plant in the first half of 2019. Haval is a sub-brand of Great Wall Motor Co., the largest manufacturer of SUVs and crossovers in China.
The company’s new plant is located in the Tula Oblast region of Central Russia, capable of building up to 150,000 vehicles annually. The plant was originally scheduled to start production this year, but was delayed.
According to Autonews China, the new plant will be building Haval-badged models, including the H7 and H9.
Great Wall’s exports to Russia have remained low over the past couple of years due to the country’s struggling economy and import tariffs, shipping only 1,138 vehicles to the country in the first six months of 2018 alone, a challenge which the new local plant could mitigate.
Other Chinese car manufacturers, including Chongqing Lifan and Chery Automobile suffered the same fate.