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Great Wall deliveries advance behind pickups and new crossover

Sales at China’s largest light-truck maker, Great Wall Motor Co., continued to pick up in February, advancing 18 percent to 69,037.

The growth was led by the company’s pickups and new compact crossover -- the Haval F7 -- that was launched in November.

Great Wall said pickup deliveries surged 38 percent to 10,027 while Haval F7 sales hit 10,665 last month.

In February, Great Wall delivered 55,521 SUVs and crossovers under its Haval and Wey brands, a rise of 9.5 percent year over year.

Sales of the first two models launched under its electric vehicle brand Ora in the second half of 2018 -- – the R1 compact sedan and the iQ subcompact car -- totaled 3,280 during the month.

Great Wall stopped introducing gasoline-powered sedans several years ago. Last month, sales of its only gasoline sedan, the Great Wall-badged C30, shrank to 209.

In the first two months, Great Wall’s total sales rose 7.4 percent to 180,752.

Despite the downturn in the market, Great Wall is aggressively expanding production capacity.

It signed an agreement last month with the local government to construct an 8 billion yuan ($1.2 billion) assembly plant in the east China city of Taizhou.

Great Wall builds vehicles in three North China cities -- Baoding, Xushui and Tianjin. Its plant in the southwest China municipality of Chongqing is due to launch output before the end of the year.

The company is also set to assemble vehicles at plants in the east China cities of Zhangjiagang, Rizhao and Pinghu.

Great Wall also plans to open an assembly plant in the Tula Oblast region of central Russia this year, with maximum annual capacity of 150,000 vehicles.

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