SHANGHAI — China's Great Wall Motor Co. plans to start assembling vehicles from kits in Europe, Africa, the Philippines, South America and Malaysia over the next three years.
The company will launch vehicle assembly in Senegal in late September and in the Philippines late this year. Plants in Bulgaria, Venezuela and Malaysia will launch operations before the end of 2013, a company spokesman said.
Initially, these plants will build Great Wall's Hover SUV and Wingle pickup. They will start assembling sedans later, the spokesman added.
All five plants will be joint ventures with local companies that will distribute Great Wall's vehicles.
Great Wall also is holding discussions about possible production joint ventures with companies in South Africa, Brazil, Turkey and Thailand, the spokesman said.
Great Wall now operates assembly plants in Russia, Indonesia, Iran, Vietnam and Egypt.
In the first half of this year, Great Wall sold more than 170,000 vehicles, up nearly 88 percent year-on-year. Of that total, 30,000 units were exports, up 51 percent from a year earlier, according to Great Wall's Web site.
Chery Automobile Co., Changan Automobile Co. and Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. also sell vehicles in other developing countries.