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Great Wall Motors Will Build Its Cars At GM's Old Talegaon Plant


The Chinese carmaker is set to showcase a number of vehicles at Auto Expo 2020

 

  • The deal is expected to be completed by the second half of 2020.
  • It is the second General Motors manufacturing plant to be purchased after MG Motors acquired the Halol plant in 2017.
  • General Motors will continue to provide warranty, spare parts, and after-sales services to existing customers in India.

Chinese carmaker Great Wall Motors has been hard at work in preparation for its entry into the Indian automobile market via the Haval brand. And now, another piece of the puzzle has been solved for GWM’s entry into India. The carmaker has announced that it has purchased General Motors’ Talegaon manufacturing plant ahead of its debut at Auto Expo 2020. 

 

This deal between the two carmakers is expected to be completed by the second half of 2020. This also means that it is the second General Motors manufacturing plant to be purchased by a new carmaker, following MG Motor’s acquisition of the Halol facility back in 2017. While General Motors stopped selling vehicles in India in 2017, the carmaker has revealed that its sales arm Chevrolet will continue to provide warranty, after-sales service, and spare parts to its existing customers. 

 

Amongst the models that GWM is expected to showcase at the expo, the Haval H6 SUV is likely to be the first model that could go on sale in India. When launched, it will rival the likes of the MG Hector and XUV500. The other Haval model for India could be the H9 SUV, which was revealed in Malaysia and takes on the likes of the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. Apart from these, expect the brand to display the Hyundai Creta-rivalling H2 compact SUV, the H4 midsize SUV, and the H1 compact SUV.

The carmaker could also bring its electric vehicles under the Ora sub-brand at the expo. It consists of the R1 electric hatchback as well as the iQ electric sedan. If launched, the R1 hatchback could potentially increase the country’s EV adoption rate thanks to its affordable nature. Meanwhile, the iQ could be a potential alternative to the MG ZS EV and Hyundai Kona Electric if it ever makes it to India.

 

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