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Great Wall seeks to boost sales 14% in 2019
Automotive News China | 2019/1/29

Great Wall Motor Co., Chinas largest light-truck maker, wants to increase its deliveries 14 percent to 1.2 million vehicles this year despite weakening domestic demand. 

In 2018, Great Walls sales slid 1.6 percent year on year to 1,053,039 vehicles. 

Last year, new light-vehicle sales in China contracted for the first time since 1990, dipping 4.1 percent from a year earlier to 23.7 million. 

Unfazed by the market contraction, Great Wall has kept expanding its product mix and production capacity. 

In the second half of 2018, the company launched sales of its new Ora brands first two products, a compact sedan and a subcompact car. 

It plans to open an assembly plant in the Tula Oblast region of central Russia in March. The factory is to be able to build 150,000 vehicles a year at full capacity. 

Also this year, Great Wall expects to open an assembly plant with annual production of 160,000 vehicles in the southwest China municipality of Chongqing. 

In July, Great Wall signed a deal with BMW Group to establish a joint venture in the east China city of Zhangjiagang. The partnership, due to begin production in 2021, will build EVs for BMWs Mini brand as well as Great Walls proprietary marques.

Last year, the company also disclosed plans to produce vehicles in two east China cities -- Rizhao and Pinghu. 

Great Wall is the largest crossover maker as well as the largest pickup manufacturer in China. It assembles vehicles in three north China cities -- Baoding, Xushui and Tianjin. 

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