On June 5, 2019, Haval will officially open its new automobile plant at Uzlovaya Industrial Park in Russia’s Tula Region, the first full cycle foreign enterprise of the Chinese brand. The first vehicle to come off the assembly line will be the Haval F7 crossover.
The 2.16 mio sq. m. facility’s construction began in the fall of 2015; investment in the project amounted to about $500 mio. The plant is to ultimately roll out 150,000 cars per year (80,000 at the first stage) and includes stamping, welding, painting and assembly workshops, as well as a component production line.
The next make to be produced at the plant, after F7, will be the original cross-coupe Haval F7X built on the same platform; it is scheduled to go on sale in September. Furthermore, Haval is planning to launch the local assembly of the H9 SUV; in its top configuration, it is considered the most expensive Chinese make in Russia. The fourth Haval vehicle to be assembled in Russia next year may be the compact H2.
At present, Haval has 42 dealerships and service centers in Russia; their number is expected to grow to 80 by the end of this year.