China’s Automotive Giant Great Wall Motors will eventually move to India, which seems to have seen an increase in the speed of launching operations after initial roadblocks. The GWM India website was launched a day ago, and the automaker has announced that it will soon be launching its products here.
The GWM India website states its commitment to India ‘Based on the strength and core technologies we have in the new energy field, we are committed to adapting and driving changes in the automotive industry and consumer habits by reducing carbon footprint and developing a clean and healthy environment’.
The website features the Haval SUV brand that highlights the F7 SUV brand. GWM could be the first offering for the Indian market. Haval is one of the most popular F7 brand SUVs. The five-seater Indian SUV is expected to arrive by the end of this year if Great Wall Motors gestures to the authorities to finally begin operations in India.
The worldwide Haval F7 SUV comes with a choice of two petrol engines: a 1.5-liter T-GDI turbo and a 2.0-liter T-GDI turbo. Both engines are coupled to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gear as standard. In India, Haval F7 SUVs will be up against the likes of Hyundai Creta, Tata Harrier and MG Hector SUVs when it arrives.
The Haval F7 SUV was first shown to Indian audiences when Great Wall Motors took part in last year’s Auto Expo in Noida Grande. GWM also showed other vehicles, including electric cars, as a precedent for its arrival in India. However, the Covid-19 Pandemic, along with India’s deteriorating foreign relations with China in the face of Ladakh, prevented GWM’s entry into India.
The group is also working to end India’s top management. Recently, GWM India lost Hardeep Singh Brar, the national head of sales and marketing for the group’s Indian operations, to Kia India.
The group planned to set up its first facilities in Maharashtra, but received a setback when the former state government suspended its investment proposals from three Chinese companies, including Great Wall Motors, in June last year. GWM had planned an investment of approximately $ 1 billion to acquire and renovate large vehicles such as SUVs at General Motor’s Talegaon plant. He also planned to invest in the manufacture of electric batteries in India.
When it begins operations in India, Great Wall Motors will become China’s second largest entrant into the domestic market, following the debut of MIC Motors, promoted by SAIC. GWM currently has a presence in more than 60 countries around the world. It has regional marketing centers in Russia, Australia, South Africa, South America and the Middle East.
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