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Geely, BYD, and Great Wall Motor Will Produce 2.3 Million in 2010
BYD launches three PHEVs in 2008-2009 while Geely introduces HEV

Mar. 30, 2009 No.760

 

 

Geely Holding Group targets to sell 2 million in 2015 including 1.3 million exports
BYD Auto targets to sell 800,000 in 2010 as it launched PHEV in 2008
Great Wall Motor aims to sell 200,000 passenger cars in 2011...


Executive Summary

   The following reports the recent trend of the top three private auto manufacturers in China in terms of output in 2008 - Geely Holding Group (commonly known as Geely Automobile), BYD Auto Co., Ltd. (BYD Auto), and Great Wall Motor Co., Ltd. (Great Wall Motor).

   The 2008 vehicle production of the three companies was 220,955 by Geely Holding (216,774 in 2007), 192,971 by BYD Auto (100,376 in 2007), and 129,651 by Great Wall Motor (122,605 in 2007. Among them, passenger cars accounted for 73,665 in 2008 and 67,186 in 2007).

   The 2009 sales target of passenger cars (including exports) is 277,000 by Geely Holding (up 25% from the 2008 results of 221,823), 400,000 by BYD Auto, which launched China's first plug-in hybrid passenger car (PHEV) F3DM at the end of 2008, (a 2.34-fold increase from the 2008 results of 170,882), and 80,000 by Great Wall Motor (up 9.5% from the 2008 results of 73,030).

   Concerning the annual production system of the three companies, Geely Holding will have a production capacity of approximately 1.3 million a year in 2010 (680,000 at the end of 2008), which it will further expand to about 2.1 million in the future. BYD Auto will build up a production system of 500,000 by 2010 (400,000 at the end of 2008). The company is said to have begun selecting a site for a new plant that is capable of producing more than 300,000 a year in March 2008.

   Great Wall Motor started operations of its passenger car plant that is capable of producing 200,000 per year in 2007 and is planning to begin operations of its new passenger car plant that is capable of producing 100,000 a year in 2010 (including light-duty commercial vehicles, the company had a production capacity of 400,000 a the end of 2008 and will have a capacity of 500,000 in 2010).

   When the three companies are combined, the production capacity will increase from 1.48 million a year at the end of 2008 to 2.31 million in 2010, which they intend to further increase to 3.4 million in the future (including Great Wall Motor's annual production capacity for light-duty commercial vehicles).


 Geely Holding Group targets to sell 2 million in 2015 including 1.3 million exports


   Geely Holding Group (Hangzhou city, Zhejiang prov.) is employing a slogan "Aim to become a Volvo in China" by pursuing safety and high-quality. The 2009 sales target is 277,000 (The 2008 actual sales are 221,823). The 2015 sales target is 2 million (including exports of 1.33 million, which is approximately two thirds).

   The company is currently enhancing its production system rapidly in order to achieve its 2015 target. It will double its annual production capacity to 1.3 million in 2010. In addition, it has revealed that it will shift its management plan from low-priced national car to enhancement of production of medium-class and high-end vehicles. With this move, it will do away with the current Geely/Maple brand, planning to develop a new brand. Geely Holding Group says that it will launch 42 new models including HEV and EV by 2015.

 

Geely Holding Group's production of each passenger car and sales plan for 2009

 
Production
volume (unit)
New vehicle sales plan (unit)
Planned annual production capacity
for each plant (1,000 units)
2008 Year-end → Around 2010 → Future plan
2007
2008
2009
Haoqing 2box
888
 
Production is discontinued
  Ningbo plant (Zhejiang prov.)
Taizhou plant (Zhejiang prov.)
Linhai plant (Zhejiang prov.)
Cixi plant (Zhejiang prov.)
Lanzhou plant (Gansu prov.)
Jinan plant (Shandong prov.)
Chengdu plant (Sichuan prov.)
Xiangtan plant (Hunan prov.)
100 → 100
150 → 300
  80 → 80
    0 → 200 → 500
  50 → 100
    0 → 100 → 300
    0 → 30 → 150
 100 → 100 → 200
Haoqing SRV
4,473
 
Merrie, Ulio
33,591
8,513
Mybo 1.5L
1,558
242
200
Free Cruiser
80,254
80,714
53,000
KingKong
46,026
55,314
35,000
Vision
17,987
30,696
27,000
Panda 1.3L
 
1,809
50,000
Jinying 2box 1.5L
 
6,619
12,000
Geely Automobile Group total
184,777
183,907
177,200
480 → 1,010 → 1,730
Hisoon
4,606
5,754
100,000
Jinshan District new plant (Shanghai)  
150 → 250 → 350
Hysoul 2box
6,341
6,047
Marindo 3box
18,623
20,042
Haifeng
2,427
4,351
Haiyue
 
822
Shanghai Maple Automobile total
31,997
37,016
TX4
 
32
Jinshan District old plant (Shanghai)  50 → 50
Shanghai LTI Automobile total
 
32
Geely Holding
Group total
216,774
220,955
277,000
680 → 1,310 → 2,130

 

Geely Holding Group's production capacity will double to 1.3 million in 2010, which it will further increase to 2.1 million in the future



   Geely Holding Group is accelerating the buildup of its production system for its 2015 sales target of 2 million. In 2007-2008, it started operations of its new plants in Lanzhou city, Gansu province and Xiangtan city, Hunan province. It will also enhance its Taizhou/Ningbo plants in Zhejiang province and Jinshan District plant of Shanghai. In addition, it is currently constructing new plants in Cixi, Zhejiang province/Jinan, Shandong province/Chengdu, Sichuan province. Geely Holding Group's production capacity will increase to approximately 1.3 million a year in 2010 (680,000 at the end of 2008), which it will further increase to 2.1 million in the future.

 

In its production system, Geely Holding Group is currently constructing new plants in Zhejiang prov./Shandong prov./Sichuan prov., building up a production system for 1.3 million a year

Lanzhou plant
(Gansu prov.)
  In March 2007, operation started (the construction began in May 2006). It is capable of producing 50,000 a year (1 shift), which it plans to increase to 100,000 in the second stage construction. It is currently producing Free Cruiser sedan (and is also planning to manufacture KingKong). The total investment in the first stage construction is worth 1 billion RMB.
Xiangtan plant
(Hunan prov.)
  In November 2008, operation started (the construction began in March 2006). It has an initial production capacity of 100,000 a year, which it plans to increase to 200,000 in 2015. This plant is considered to be an export plant in the group. It began producing Vision, a global strategic sedan, production of which was transferred from the Ningbo plant of Zhejiang province (Zhejiang Haoqing Automobile Mfg. Co., Ltd.). It is also regarded as a core plant for hybrid vehicles.
Ningbo plant
(Zhejiang prov.)
  The Ningbo plant transferred production of Vision to the Xiangtan plant. It will undergo a renovation in 2009 and will start producing a new global strategic sedan (development code: FE-2) and a new wagon (FE-1). It is capable of producing 100,000 a year.
Linghai plant
(Zhejiang prov.)
  After it discontinued production of Haoqing/Merrie/Mybo/Ulio, it invested 700 million RMB and completed a renovation. In 2008, it started production of a new hatchback, Panda. It is capable of producing 80,000 a year.
Taizhou (Luqiao) plant
(Zhejiang prov.)
  The plant is considered to be a passenger car plant for economy type models and medium-class and high-end models. It is mainly producing KingKong sedan. It is capable of producing 150,000 a year, which the company plans to boost to 300,000.
Cixi new plant
(Zhejiang prov.)
  The plant is currently under construction as a new passenger car plant. It will prepare a production system for 200,000 a year by the end of 2009 (the investment is worth 3.8 billion RMB), which is planned to increase to 500,000 in 2012 (The company intends to boost the capacity to 1 million around 2016).
Jinan new plant
(Shandong prov.)
  In September 2007, construction began. Operation is scheduled to start in 2009. The initial production capacity is 50,000 a year (The investment in the first stage construction is worth 500-700 million RMB). It plans to produce 100,000 around 2010 (which is planned to increase to 300,000 in the future). The plant produces two types of new high-class passenger car (development code: FC-2 and GC-1).
Chengdu new plant
(Sichuan prov.)
  The plant is a production facility for SUVs/MPVs, which is scheduled to start operations in December 2009 (The construction began in December 2007. The investment is worth 2 billion RMB). The initial production capacity is 30,000, which is planned to increase to 150,000. It plans to manufacture new models (development codes: NL and HL), planning to export 60% of the output.
Shanghai Maple
Automobile
Jinshan District
new plant (Shanghai)
  In September 2007, Shanghai Maple Automobile, which is under the umbrella of Geely Holding Group, resumed production of Maple brand vehicles at its Jinshan District new plant (Shanghai). The initial production capacity of the new plant is 150,000 a year, which it plans to gradually boost to 250,000 and further to 350,000.

A Joint venture plant
with UK-based MBH
  Shanghai Maple Automobile's Jinshan District old plant (Shanghai) (which is capable of production 50,000 a year) completed a renovation as a joint venture plant between Geely Holding Group and UK-based Manganese Bronze (MBH) at the end of 2008. The plant will start production of LTI-brand high-class passenger car, TX4, which is based on London taxi (commonly known as black cab) in 2009 and will export the product to the UK, etc. It plans to add high-end commercial vehicles and high-class passenger cars including a high-end sedan which Geely Holding calls a compact Rolls-Royce.
  In March 2007, Geely Holding Group and UK-based MBH signed a contract on joint production of TX4, etc. (They signed an agreement in October 2006), and established Shanghai LTI Automobile Co., Ltd. The new company is capitalized at USD54.3 million, which is provided 51% by Geely Automobile Holding Co., Ltd. - Geely Holding Group's listed company on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, 1% by Shanghai Maple Automobile, and 48% by MBH (MBH holds some stake as 22.83% of its own stock).

 

Geely Holding Group jointly produces diesel-powered engines (DEs) for passenger cars with Guangxi Yuchai Machinery, using the product mainly in cars to be exported

 

  Three companies - Geely Holding Group, major DE manufacturer Guangxi Yuchai Machinery Co., Ltd., and Zhejiang Yinlun Machinery Co., Ltd. will establish Tiantai Yuchai Engine Co., Ltd., which produces diesel-powered engines for passenger cars, in Tiantai city, Zhejiang province, and Jining Yuchai Engine Co., Ltd., which produces components, in Jining city, Shandong province (announced in February 2008). The ownership stake in each of the two companies is 30% by Geely Holding, 52% by Guangxi Yuchai Machinery, and 18% by Zhejiang Yinlun Machinery.
  The new company produces 1.6/1.8/2.0L new diesel-powered engines (that meet EuroV emission standard) and components using Geely Holding's technology. The initial production capacity of the new company is 50,000 a year. It will begin producing the 2.0L engine in 2010, planning to gradually increase the capacity to 150,000. The product will be initially used mainly in cars that Geely Holding exports.

Source: Press releases of Guangxi Yuchai Machinery's parent company, China Yuchai International Limited (February 25/March 31, 2008)

 

Geely Holding plans to export 50% of sales volume in 2010 and two thirds in 2015

  Geely Holding is currently exporting the product to more than 40 countries and regions. The company aims to export approximately 30% of sales volume in 2009, 50% in 2010, and two thirds in 2015. As of January 2009, it has plants in Ukraine/Russia/Indonesia and will expand into Egypt/Turkey/Mexico. It says that it will increase the number of overseas plants to 15 by 2015 (It eyes to have plants in Europe and the US in the longer term). Incidentally, Geely Holding is participating in the reorganization of UK-based MBH as the largest shareholder.

Geely Holding Group builds up a lineup of engines/transmissions, launching 45 new vehicles by 2015



   Geely Holding Group says that it will launch 42 new vehicles as global strategic models by 2015 including HEVs and EVs (15 platforms). For this move, it plans to build up a lineup of more than 20 types of engines including diesel-powered engines (6 to 8 platforms) and 14 types of transmissions including Dual-clutch 7-speed AMT (7 platforms).

Geely Holding Group shifts its business policy to enhance middle-class and high-end vehicles

  In November 2008, Geely Holding announced that it would shift the route of its "Low-priced national car" business, which it had held in the group since its establishment. The company revealed that it intended to discontinue production of the former nine models including Merrie/Ulio/Haoqing, which were priced at less than 40,000 RMB (approximately 600,000 Yen) and to enhance production of middle-class and high-end models such as KingKong/Vision/TX4 (black cab).

 

Geely Holding Group announced a new brand, Globle Falconine and will add LTI /Dihao brand while it phases out Geely/Maple brand

 

  In addition, in November 2008, the company announced its new brand "Globle Falconine" and the first model, Panda 2box. It will phase out the current Geely brand and to shift the Maple brand to the LTI brand. Moreover, as new brands, it will create a new brand (tentatively called Dihao) that covers a wheelbase of 2650-2950mm and displacement of 1.5/1.8/2.0/2.4L (including B-class) and a new brand for pickups and light vans - a new market where it plans to newly enter.

 

Geely Holding Group promotes development of Dual-VVT engine and clean DE, multistage transmission, etc.

 

  In February 2009, Geely Holding Group unveiled its new energy strategy. Its main features include (1) development of Dual-VVT engine based on its existing proprietary CVVT engine (2) development of GDI direct-injection gasoline engine and a diesel-powered engine that meets Euro V emission standard (it is currently developing a 1.3L turbo engine), and (3) development of new transmissions including energy-efficient 6-speed MT/Dual-clutch 7-speed AMT(DCT).
(Note)   In August 2006, Geely Holding started mass-production of a 1.8L CVVT engine, JL4G18, which it spent 260 million RMB and three years to develop independently, at its Ningbo engine plant of Zhejiang prov.

 

Geely Holding Group will launch Vision HEV in 2009 and five HEVs by 2013

 

  Geely Holding Group intends to strengthen development of advanced eco-friendly vehicles including hybrid electric vehicle (HEV)/electric vehicle (EV)/Fuel cell vehicle (FCV). As for HEV, the company will launch its first model, Vision HEV, in 2009 and will introduce five models by 2013. In addition, it has completed development of alternative-fuel vehicles such as CNG/LPG/alcohol vehicles, having started mass-production of some of the models.

 

Geely Holding Group's launch of new vehicles (2008-2009)

 

 
Time of launch
Remarks
Vision CNG
Jul. 2008
  The model is Vision's (global strategic sedan) Dual Fuel specification that can run on CNG and gasoline. It features Italy-based Landi Renzo's CNG-EFI system, OMEGAS MPI and meets Euro III emission standards. The model is marketed only in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. It is priced at 75,800-85,800 RMB.
Jinying
Jul. 2008
  The model is a 4 to 6-seat hatchback based on KingKong. The company makes a 1.5L engine that meets Euro IV emission standards and 4-speed AT/MT available. 3995/1692/1435 with a wheelbase of 2502mm. The selling price is 59,800-66,800 RMB.
Hysoul 1.3L
Aug. 2008
  The model is a sedan that Shanghai Maple Automobile produces. It comes with company's own 1.3L engine that meets Euro III/IV emission standards and a 5-speed MT. 4435/1710/1430 with a wheelbase of 2540mm. The selling price is 52,900 RMB.
Haiyue 1.5L
Sep. 2008
  The model is an A0-class hatchback that Shanghai Maple Automobile produces. It comes with a 1.5L engine and a 5-speed MT. 3980/1710/1430 with a wheelbase of 2540mm. The company says that it considers Changan Automobile's BenBen (Beny)/Chery Automobile's A1/Changan Suzuki Automobile's Swift to be main competitor models. The selling price is 55,000 RMB. It plans to add a 1.3L specification.
Panda 2box
Nov. 2008
  The model is an A00-class 4-door hatchback (development code: LC-1) that is the first model under Globle Falconine brand. The company makes a 1.3L engine that meets Euro IV emission standards and 5-speed MT/4-speed AT available. 3598/1630/1465 with a wheelbase of 2340mm. The company says that it considers Chery Automobile's QQ/SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile's Spark to be main competitor models. The selling price is 41,800-51,800 RMB. It plans to add a 1.0L specification and a 2-door specification.
FE-1
Apr. 2009
  The model is a wagon that is based on FC-1 concept, which the company unveiled at the 2008 Beijing Motor Show. It is Geely Holding's first B-class model. It shares the same platform with Vision. FE-1 is a development code. The company makes its own 1.8L CVVT GE that meets Euro IV emission standards and 5-speed MT/AT available. 4452/1725/1485 with a wheelbase of 2602mm.
FE-2
2009
  The model is the first model under a new Dihao (tentative name) brand. It is based on FC-2 concept that was unveiled at the 2008 Beijing Motor Show (FE-2 is a development code). The company makes available its own 1.8/2.0L D-CVVT GE that meets Euro V emission standards and 5/6-speed MT or AT (It also plans to make DE available). 4635/1789/1470 with a wheelbase of 2650mm.
New KingKong
2009
  The model is a second-generation KingKong sedan (details are not made public).
New Vision
2009
  The model uses company's own 1.5L CVVT engine (details are not made public).
Vision HEV
2009
  The model is a hybrid specification of Vision. It features a 1.8L engine and a lithium-ion battery (The positive-electrode material is iron phosphate. Capacity: 12Ah). It has used company's proprietary EEBS (Electronic Equation Balance System. Details of its functions are unknown) transmission system for the first time. The fuel efficiency will be improved 50% compared to a gasoline engine model.
China Dragon
2009
  The model is a third-generation of Mybo sports car. The base was unveiled at the 2006 Beijing Motor Show (The exhibited model uses a 1.6L engine and an MT. The specification of a mass-produced mode is undecided).
TX4
2009
  The model is the first model under LTI brand. It is based on SLTI Classic TX4 (development code: SL). The company makes a domestically-produced 2.5L VM DE and a 2.5L Mitsubishi-specification GE 4G69 engine and 5-speed MT/4-speed AT available. 4580/2036/1834 with a wheelbase of 2886mm. The selling price is 180,000-250,000 RMB. The company also plans to export the product to Japan, the US, the UK, and Germany. It announced an EV specification at the end of 2008 (The time of release is unknown).
GC-1
2009
  The model is a midsize sedan for business use that is based on GC concept, which was unveiled in 2008 (GC-1 is a development code). The company makes available its own 2.0/2.4L CVVT GE that meets Euro IV emission standards and 5-/6-speed MT or AT. 4910/1830/1470 with a wheelbase of 2805mm.
Geely EV
2009
  The model is the first electric vehicle (EV). Geely EV is a tentative name. Details are not made public. For reference, the maximum speed of the Panda-base EV concept that was unveiled in 2008 is 65km/h. The cruising distance on a full charge is 80km. The charging time is 5 hours (The quick charging time is 1 hour).
NL
2009 or later
  The model is a 5-/7-seat SUV announced in 2008 (NL is a development code). The company makes 2.0/2.4L GE or 2.0/2.2L DE and MT/AT available. It is compliant with Euro V emission standards. 4640/1860/1720 with a wheelbase of 2660mm.
HL
2009 or later
  The model is a 6-/7-seat MPV announced in 2008 (HL is a development code). It comes with a 2.4L D-CVVT engine that meets Euro V emission standards and an AT. 4800/1800/1750 with a wheelbase of 2955mm.
High-class car for business use
2009 or later
  The model is a high-class compact passenger car for business use. Its name has yet to be decided. Details are not made public.
Small Rolls-Royce
2009 or later
  The model is a high-end compact sedan that is called Geely Holding's compact Rolls-Royce. Its name has yet to be decided. Details are not made public.

 

BYD Auto targets to sell 800,000 in 2010 as it launched PHEV in 2008


   In December 2008, BYD Auto (Shenzhen city, Guangdong prov.) launched the F3DM, first plug-in hybrid passenger car (PHEV) under a Chinese brand.

   The company targets to sell 400,000 in 2009 (the 2008 sales were 170,882) and 800,000 in 2010. Moreover, it aims to sell approximately 1.45 million a year by 2015.

(Note)   In January 2003, BYD Auto was founded by reorganizing Xi'an Qinchuan Automobile Co., Ltd., a passenger car manufacturer that produced Suzuki Alto under the umbrella of a major storage battery manufacturer, BYD Co., Ltd. (listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (H-share)).

 

BYD Auto's production of each passenger car and sales plan for 2009

 

 
Production
volume (unit)
New vehicle
sales plan (unit)
Planned annual production capacity
for each plant (1,000 units)
2008 Year-end → Around 2010 → Future plan
2007
2008
2009
Flyer 0.8/1.1L
1,489
100
 

  Xi'an plant (Shaanxi prov.)  200 → 200
  Shenzhen plant (Guangdong prov.)  200 → 300
  A new plant (Currently selecting a site)  0 → 0 → 300

F3/F3DM 1.6L
93,272
149,217
180,000
F3-R 1.5L
5,615
5,766
20,000
F6 2.0/2.4L
 
11,928
50,000
F0 1.0L
 
25,960
90,000
Total
100,376
192,971
400,000
400 → 500 → 800

 

BYD Auto boosts the production capacity of its new plant in Shenzhen city to 300,000 a year by 2010



  Aiming to achieve its 2010 sales target of 800,000, BYD Auto will boost the production capacity of its new passenger car plant in Shenzhen city, Guangdong province, which started full-scale production in 2008, to 300,000 a year by 2010. In addition, it will double the production capacity of an engine factory that is attached to the new plant to 200,000 a year in 2010.

  In addition, targeting the 2015 sales volume of 1.45 million, the company is said to have started selecting a site for a new plant that is capable of producing more than 300,000 in March 2008.

 

BYD Auto boosts the production capacity of its new passenger car plant in Shenzhen to 300,000 units a year by 2010

 

  In August 2007, BYD Auto completed the first-stage construction of its new passenger car plant in Shenzhen (Pingshan), Guangdong prov. It started full-scale production of middle-class/high-end sedan, F6, in 2008. The new plant plans to mainly produce S/F/M series and electric vehicles (EVs). The initial production capacity was 100,000 a year at the start of operations, which were already boosted to 200,000 at the end of 2008. It plans to increase the capacity to 300,000 by 2010.
  In February 2008, the company started operations of its new engine factory that is attached to the new plant, beginning production of BYD371QA, which meets "China IV" emission standards (corresponds to EuroⅣ). The production capacity is 100,000 a year, which will be boosted to 200,000 in 2010.

 

BYD Auto launched F3DM, first China-brand PHEV, in December 2008, and will add two models in 2009



  BYD Auto will launch two models of PHEVs, F0DM and F6DM, in 2009, in addition to F3DM - PHEV that it released in December 2008. It will also start marketing the e6 plug-in EV (PEV) as early as in 2009.

 

BYD Auto launched its first PHEV, F3DM, in December 2008, and will also release F0DM/F6DM in 2009

 

  In December 2008, BYD Auto started limited sales of F3DM - its first proprietary Plug-in hybrid (PHEV) sedan - in 14 cities in China. The selling price is 149,800 RMB (approximately 2.25 million Yen), 50,000 to 80,000 RMB higher than the same type gasoline spec F3. The 14 cities are Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Xi'an, Beijing, Shanghai, Qingdao, Jinan, Xiamen, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Chengdu, Changsha, Tianjin, and Wuhan.
  The base model is F3. The F3DM can run approximately 100km as EV. The DM in the model name means the combination of EV and HEV, Dual-Mode. It come with a 1.0L engine (maximum output of 50kW), a motor with a maximum output of 75kW, and a lithium-ion batter with a power capacity of 20kWh (The positive-electrode material is iron phosphate. Power capacity: 60Ah. Weight: 20kg. Can be recharged 4,000 times). The full charging time at home is about nine hours. The quick charging time up to 50% is about 10 minutes. The selling time is 149,800 RMB.
  BYD Auto also plans to launch F0DM and F6DM, which are PHEVs based on F0 and F6, in 2009. The selling price will be 50,000 to 80,000 RMB higher than a gasoline model of the same vehicles. The company says that it would like to reduce the price difference to about 30,000 RMB through mass-production. The company plans to launch the e6 Plug-in EV (PEV) in 2010 (as early as in 2009).
(Note)   In August 2008, BYD Auto revealed its plan to start exporting the F6DM PHEV and the e6 PEV to Israel by the end of 2009. It intends to expand export of eco-friendly cars to Europe as well.

 

BYD Auto's launch of new vehicles (2008-2009)

 

 
Time of launch
Remarks
F6
Mar. 2008
  The model is middle-class/high-end sedan for middle-income class in urban areas or for official vehicles (development code: Eagle). The company makes available 2.4L (Mitsubishi MIVEC specification 4G69)/2.0L engine and 4-speed AMT (import)/5-speed MT. 4846/1822/1465 with a wheelbase of 2740mm. The selling price is 89,800-159,800 RMB.
F0
Sep. 2008
  The model is a 5-seat A00-class mini hatchback (It was announced as F1 at the 2007 Guangzhou Motor Show and the 2008 Beijing Motor Show). It comes with company's own 1.0L engine that meets Euro IV emission standards and a 5-speed MT. 3460/1618/1465 with a wheelbase of 2340mm. The sales target is 20,000 a year. The selling price is 36,900-46,900 RMB.
F3DM
Dec. 2008
  The model is BYD Auto's first plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) based on F3. It comes with a 1.0L engine and a lithium-ion battery. The model can run approximately 100km as EV. The full charging time at home is about nine hours. The quick charging time up to 50% is about 10 minutes. The selling price is 149,800 RMB.
New F3 series
Feb. 2009
  The model is an AT specification of F3 series. It comes with a 1.6L Mitsubishi specification engine, 4G18, and JATCO AT (import). The selling price is 79,800 RMB. The combined sales target with MT specifications and the F3DM PHEV is 20,000 units a year.
F8
Mar. 2009
  The model is a 2-door sports sedan (hard-top open specification). The sales target is 5,000 a year.
M6
End of 2009
  The model is BYD Auto's first MPV. It comes with a 2.0L engine that meets Euro IV emission standards. 4795/1800/1750 with a wheelbase of 2950mm. The company says that it sets Toyota Previa as a competitor model.
F4
2009
  The model is a compact passenger car.
F5
2009
  The model is a midsize passenger car. It comes with a 1.8L engine. 4600/1760/1490 with a wheelbase of 2660mm. The selling price is planned to be 100,000 RMB.
F0DM
2009
  The model is a PHEV based on F0.
F6DM
2009
  The model is a PHEV based on F6.
S6
2009
  The model is a medium-sized/large SUV. The overall length is the same as that of M6 at 4795mm.
e6
2009
  The model is a crossover, Plug-in EV (PEV) that can run 300km on a full charge. The company says that the lithium-ion battery ((The positive-electrode material is iron phosphate. Capacity: 180-200Ah) can be recharged quickly up to 80% for about 15 minutes. 4554/1822/1630 with a wheelbase of 2830mm.

 

Great Wall Motor aims to sell 200,000 passenger cars in 2011 and, including light commercial vehicles, approximately 400,000


   Great Wall Motor Co., Ltd. (Baoding of Hebei prov., Listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange) targets to sell 80,000 passenger cars in 2009 (the 2008 actual sales were 73,030) and 200,000 in 2011 (In 2007, Great Wall Motor announced its medium-term sales target including light-duty commercial vehicles such as pickups. It targets to sell 200,000 in 2008, 280,000 in 2009, and 400,000 in 2010).

 

Great Wall Motor's production of each model and sales plan for 2009

 

 
Production
volume (unit)
New vehicle sales
plan (unit)
Planned annual production capacity
for each plant (1,000 units)
2008 Year-end → Around 2010 → Future plan
2007
2008
2009
Cowry (MPV)
 
939
40,000

  Baoding old plant (Hebei prov.)  200 → 200
  Baoding new plant (Hebei prov.)  200 → 200
  A new plant (Currently under consideration)  0 → 100

GWPeri
 
7,591
Florid
 
2,923
Safe (SUV)
4,732
3,776
38,000
Sing (RUV)
3,822
1,795
Pegasus
72
0
Hover (CUV)
58,560
56,641
Passenger
car total
67,186
73,665
80,000
200 → 300
LCV total
55,419
55,986
120,000
200 → 200
Total
122,605
129,651
200,000
400 → 500

 

Great Wall Motor began operations of its engine plant that has a production capacity of 100,000 a year, producing VVT engines for passenger cars



   Great Wall Motor started operations of its passenger cars that is capable of producing 200,000 a year in 2007 and its engine plant that is capable of manufacturing 100,000 of VVT engines for passenger cars in 2008 (The capacity is planned to increase to 300,0000 in the second stage construction). The company is also planning to construct and start operations of a new passenger car plant that is capable of producing 100,000 in 2010.

   Great Wall Motor is currently exporting vehicles centered on Hover SUV and Wingle pickup to 128 countries and regions such as Russia/Eastern Europe/Africa/South America. The company exported 57,632 in 2008 and was the second largest vehicle exporter in China following Chery Automobile. It plans to prepare 20 overseas assembly bases mainly in Southeast Asia, and Central and South America by 2010.

 

Great Wall Motor began operations of its new passenger car plant that is capable of producing 200,000 per year in October 2007

 

  In October 2007, Great Wall Motor started operations of its new passenger car plant in Baoding, Hebei province, beginning production of GWPeri (2box) and Cowry (MPV) (released in March 2008). The new plant is capable of producing 200,000 a year. The total investment is worth 2 billion RMB. Combined with its existing Baoding plant, Great Wall Motor's production capacity for light-duty commercial vehicles and passenger cars increased to 400,000 a year. In addition, the company is said to be planning to start operations of a new plant that will be initially capable of producing 100,000 a year in 2010.

 

Great Wall Motor began operations of its new engine plant in May 2008, producing VVT engines for passenger cars

 

  In May 2008, Great Wall Motor Co., Ltd. Engine Co. (Baoding, Hebei prov.), which is Great Wall Motor's subsidiary, started operations of its new engine plant. The plant has an initial production capacity of 100,000 per year (the total investment is worth 700 million RMB), which it plans to boost to 300,000 in the second stage construction.
  The new plant mainly manufactures 0.8-1.5L engines to be used in Great Wall Motor's next-generation passenger cars and will also add production of DEs for cars to be exported. It initially produces 1.3/1.5L VVT engines, GW4G13 and GW4G15, which meet Euro IV emission standards. (Incidentally, the existing plant has a production capacity of 200,000 a year and started producing engines for pickups/light vans/SUVs in 2000)
(Note)   In February 2008, Great Wall Motor took a 49% stake in Great Wall Motor Co., Ltd. Engine Co. from CITIC Group and Beijing Jiameiya Investment for 150 million RMB and reorganized it into its 100% subsidiary.

 

Great Wall Motor started construction of facilities for export including KD factory in Tianjin City while it discontinued a plan to supply the product to Chrysler on an OEM basis

 

  In February 2009, Great Wall Motor started construction of facilities for export including a KD factory and a parts factory in Tianjin City (The land area is 1.3 million square meters. The processing capacity is said to be 150,000 a year. The total investment is worth 3 billion RMB. The schedule to start operations is not made public). Great Wall Motor is currently exporting vehicles centered on Hover (SUV)/Wingle (Pickup) to 128 countries and regions such as Russia/Eastern Europe/Africa/South America. It exported 57,632 in 2008 (It was the second largest exporter in China following Chery Automobile at 135,013).
Notes: 1.   In 2006, Great Wall Motor started export to Italy. It plans to begin export to Australia in 2009. It announced at the 2008 Beijing Motor Show that it would start expanding to Europe on a full-scale in 2009 and launch approximately 10 models.
2.   In March 2009, Great Wall Motor announced that it had discontinued tie-up negotiations with Chrysler, with which it had signed a memorandum of understanding in June 2008. The company says that it will gradually launch A-class passenger cars (development code: CH031 and CH041), which it has been jointly developing with Chrysler as OEM models since December 2008, under Great Wall brand in China starting in 2010.

Great Wall Motor's four countermeasures against high automobile fuel cost (announced in July 2008)

Promotion of compact
passenger car business
  The company will develop A-class passenger cars with a displacement of less than 1.5L. In addition to a 1.3L compact sedan, GWPeri (launched in March 2008), it plans to add Florid/Cowry in 2008. It will develop 10 fuel-efficient 0.8/1.3/1.5L vehicles during the three years to 2011.
Updating of powertrain
  The company will update a powertrain for pickups/SUVs, aiming to improve the maximum output by 3-5% and fuel efficiency by 1.5%. It will shift Hover/Wingle with a 2.8TC engine to a 2.5L turbo engine 2.5TCI.
Buildup of an engine
production system
  The company will build up world's top-class engine production system. It will start mixed-production of 0.8-1.5L engines and mass-production of 1.3/1.5L new aluminum VVT engines at its new engine plant that is capable of producing 300,000 a year, which started operations in May 2008.
Acceleration of R&D
for eco-friendly vehicles
  The company will accelerate R&D for eco-friendly vehicles. It initiated joint development with related manufacturers worldwide in the first half of 2007. In April 2008, it announced the joint development of GWKulla EV and GWPeri EV, and Hover Hybrid. It will further press ahead with the development including compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles in the future.

 

Great Wall Motor prepares its lineup of passenger car models, launching three hatchback models in 2008-2009



  Great Wall Motor, which has prepared a production system for passenger cars, launched GWPeri and Florid hatchbacks in 2008 and CoolBear hatchback in 2009, thereby increasing its lineup of models.

   The company says that it will launch two A-class hatchback models, which it jointly started developing as an OEM model to Chrysler, under Great Wall brand in 2010 (It is said that it discontinued tie-up negotiations with Chrysler).

 

Great Wall Motor's launch of new models (2008-2009)

 

 
Time of launch
Remarks
GWPeri
Mar. 2008
  The model is Great Wall Motor's first compact hatchback. It comes with company's own 1.3L engine that meets Euro IV emission standards and an MT. Chery Automobile QQ and Changan Automobile BenBen (Beni) are said to be competitor models. The selling price is 43,900-53,900 RMB.
Cowry
Mar. 2008
  The model is a 5-door 7-seat MPV. It comes with a 2.0L Mitsubishi MIVEC engine, 4G63S4N, which meets Euro IV emission standards, and a 5-speed MT. 4574/1704/1845 with a wheelbase of 2825mm. The selling price is 82,800-136,800 RMB. The company is scheduled to release an AT specification in April 2009.
New Wingle
Jul. 2008
  The model is a global strategic pickup. It comes with a 2.4L Mitsubishi model gasoline engine, 4G69SN. The company plans to add a 2.2L DE/GE commercial vehicle specification in April 2009 and a 2.0L DE/GE and a 2.5L TCI DE specifications in June 2009.
New Hover π
Aug. 2008
  The model is a limousine that underwent a minor change and is 6722mm in overall length, 200mm longer than the former model. The selling price remained unchanged from the former model at 298,000 RMB. The company will export the product to Japan, Korea, France, Italy, Russia, and South Africa.
New Hover
Oct. 2008
  The model is a global strategic SUV. It uses a 2.5 TCI turbo DE, which is said to have been co-developed with Bosch. The selling price is 123,300-162,300 RMB. In November 2008, the company released a 2.4L Mitsubishi 4G69 gasoline model (107,300 RMB).
Florid
Nov. 2008
  The model is a global strategic hatchback. It comes with company's own 1.3L engine that meets Euro IV emission standards and a 5-speed MT. 3907/1694/1521 with a wheelbase of 2368mm. The selling price is 53,900-57,900 RMB. In February 2009, the company released a specification with its own 1.5L VVT engine (59,900-68,900 RMB).
CoolBear
Mar. 2009
  The model is a hatchback. It comes with a 1.5L engine that meets Euro IV emission standards and a 5-speed MT. 3951/1695/1634 with a wheelbase of 2499mm. The selling price is 63,900-77,900 RMB. The company is scheduled to add a CVT specification in July 2009.
GW TK
Apr. 2009
  The model is an SUV that comes with a 2.0/2.4/2.5L engine. GW TK is a tentative name.
GW Mini
May. 2009
  The model is a compact SUV. It comes with a 1.3L engine that meets Euro IV emission standards and a 5-speed MT. 3645/1620/1624 with a wheelbase of 2296mm. The selling price is 50,000-70,000 RMB.
(Crossover)
May. 2009
  The model comes with a 1.3L engine. The company plans to add a 1.5L specification in August 2009.
GW K4
Jun. 2009
  The model is a double cab pickup. It comes with a 2.4L GE. GW K4 is a tentative name.
GW K5
Jun. 2009
  The model is an SUV. The company makes a 2.0/2.4/2.5L engine available. GW K5 is a tentative name.
GW X
Jul. 2009
  The model is an SUV. The company makes a 1.3/1.5L engine available. GW X is a tentative name.
GW Y
Sep. 2009
  The model is an SUV. The company makes a 1.3/1.5L engine available. GW Y is a tentative name.
CH031
2010
  CH031 is a development code. The model is an A-class hatchback developed as an OEM model to Chrysler (details are not made public). The company plans to launch the model under Great Wall (GW) brand as early as in 2009.
CH041
2010 or later
  CH041 is a development code. The model is an A-class sedan developed as an OEM model to Chrysler (details are not made public). The company plans to launch the model under Great Wall (GW) brand.
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