Chinese automaker, Great Wall Motors has officially confirmed its India entry via official Twitter account handle. The company has tweeted “Namaste India! All set for great things ahead”. GWM official twitter handle suggests that Haval and Ora brands will debut at the 2020 Auto Expo.
For people not in the know, Haval is an SUV-focused brand and Ora is an EV-only brand. Great Wall Motors also owns Wey and Great Wall Pick-up; howeverm these two brands are not likely to arrive in our market. The Chinese automaker is also looking to secure a production plant in the near future.
As per media reports, GWM India is planning to acquire the General Motors’ Talegaon manufacturing facility in Maharashtra. This production plant has an annual production capacity of 1.65 lakh vehicles and 1.60 lakh powertrains. SAIC Motor Corporation is also eyeing this facility.
It is expected that Great Wall Motors will start its India innings with an SUV. The Haval SUV range comprises of the H2, H4, H6 and H9. It is reported that the Haval H6 will be the brand’s first model in our market. The Ora is an electric vehicle brand, which sells 3 cars – R1, R2 and iQ. The company’s twitter handle shows 3 cars including Ora R1, Haval H6 and the Haval H2. These cars are expected to be unveiled at the Auto Expo 2020.
We believe that Great Wall Motors could opt for the CBU or CKD route for its first model in India. The Haval H6 SUV has already been spotted testing on the Indian roads. The SUV will directly rival the likes of the MG Hector, Tata Harrier, Jeep Compass and the Mahindra XUV500.