TASS. – Great Wall Motors factory will start car production at Uzlovaya Industrial Park in Tula region in 2018. The relevant statement has been made by the representative of the regional administration Yuri Andrianov to TASS agency. “The production of Great Wall Motors automobiles will start in 2018. Car component manufacturers: plastic, modular and technical, plan to take part in the industrial park, in parallel with the construction of the factory. We’ll make some procurement from neighbouring Kaluga, where Volvo and Volkswagen are manufactured. Five automotive manufacturers have already applied to take part in Uzlovaya Industrial Park” – said Andrianov.
Piling work is currently being carried out at the site, according to the source of the agency. “There were delays due to external reasons. We’re in a coal region, therefore we came across karst holes where the workshop was planned to be situated, which made additional research necessary. A four months delay has been experienced, however, the plant will be built on schedule, all problems have been sold” – said the head of the Tula region government.
The investment in the project amounts to $500 million. “Our goal is neither screwdriver production, nor assembly in Uzlovaya, but to reach 70-75% localisation in car production” – said Andrianov. Four models under the brand name of Haval will be manufactured at the factory: H2, H6 Coupe, H8 and the 7-seater H9 – 150,000 vehicles annually. The automobiles manufactured at Tula factory will be put in the Russian market at the first stage.