China’s Great Wall Motors will enter the Indian market in 2021, as per a new report from Team-BHP. The company will launch vehicles under its Haval brand.
Automobiles is one of the very few industries which Chinese businesses have left untapped in India, but not for long.
According to the report, the company is likely to launch the Haval H6 as its first product in India in 2021. Great Wall Motors has hired Kaushik Ganguly, who was formerly the Head of Product Planning and Strategy at Maruti Suzuki, to chalk out its India entry, from an office in Bangalore. Nothing is official as of now, but word out there is that Great Wall Motors has lined-up an investment of INR 7,000-8,000 crore for its Indian operations. Like its rival SAIC, it will have a production facility in Gujarat. SAIC will enter India with its MG brand, making cars from the erstwhile GM India factory in Halol.
Haval already has visible presence outside China, in 14 countries. Its vehicles are sold in even RHD markets such as Australia, South Africa and Malaysia. Haval focuses mainly on SUVs with 12 products starting with the pint-sized Haval H1 and the LC Prado rivaling Haval H9 at the top-end, with the mid-size H6 being one of the world's best selling models. All things considered, Ganguly's team would be able to quickly identify a utility vehicle for any type of need.
The Haval H6 is a C-SUV like the Baojun 530, Jeep Compass and Hyundai Tucson. It measures 4,610 mm in length, 1,860 mm in width and 1,720 mm in height with a 2,690 mm wheelbase. Great Wall Motors offers it with a 1.5-litre petrol engine (163 PS/280 Nm) and a 2.0-litre petrol engine (190 PS/340 Nm) - both in conjunction with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
[Source - Team-BHP.com]