Great Wall Motor sold 2,932 units in Russia in July, up 60 percent year-over-year, the company said Thursday, citing a report from the Association of European Businesses (AEB).

Great Wall Motor's sales in Russia from January to July reached 19,167 units, up 126 percent year-over-year, the report showed.

Its compact SUV Haval Chulian sold 988 units in July, up about 9 percent from the previous month, making it the Haval brand's best-selling model in the region, according to the report.

Great Wall Motor sold 2,932 units in Russia in July, up 60% year-over-year-CnEVPost

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Chinese brands sold 56,573 units in Russia from January to July, up 140 percent year-over-year, with the top three sellers being Chery, Haval and Geely, according to a previous Sputnik report.

In July, Chinese cars sold 9,734 units in Russia, up 84 percent year-over-year, the report said.

China's Ministry of Commerce has recommended that new energy vehicle companies increase exports, marketing and promotion to Russia to expand their market share, the department said in a report released August 3.

This report on the development of new energy vehicles in Russia shows that the market for electric vehicles in Russia is limited in size due to the cold climate. As of 2020, the number of electric vehicles in Russia will be about 6,300, with a penetration rate of only 0.01 percent.

The report says Russia's EV infrastructure is still in its infancy, with Moscow only planning to quintuple the number of charging posts in the city to 600 by 2023.

"Chinese companies may consider grasping the growth opportunities in the Russian market and, on the basis of sufficient evidence, increase the export of new energy vehicles to Russia and their marketing and promotion in the country to gradually expand their market share in Russia," the report reads.

China's Ministry of Commerce suggests local NEV firms to increase exports to Russia