Great Wall Motor has launched the Tank 500 SUV in Bahrain, the fourth Middle Eastern market the model has entered after the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Oman.
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Great Wall Motor is taking its models to more countries, at a time when Chinese automakers are aiming for a larger international presence.
The auto giant recently launched the Tank 500 SUV in Bahrain, the fourth Middle Eastern market the model has entered after the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Oman, it said today.
Great Wall Motor started its partnership in 2019 with Bahraini dealer Tasheelat Automotive Company (TAC), which has set high standards in terms of sales and service, it said.
This is the latest move by Great Wall Motor in the international market. It said on July 13 that it plans to start producing vehicles in Uzbekistan this year.
Great Wall Motor is known for producing SUVs in China, with the Tank brand offering a line of off-road SUVs, including the Tank 300 and Tank 500.
Great Wall Motor sold 104,957 vehicles in June, with the Tank brand contributing 12,773, or 12.17 percent, according to figures it released earlier this month.
In overseas markets, Great Wall sold a record 25,131 units in June, up 104.04 percent year-on-year and 15.21 percent from May.
Great Wall Motor is pushing ahead with its electrification transition at a time when China's new energy vehicle (NEV) market is growing rapidly, although it has lagged behind its major rivals.
Great Wall Motor launched its new model, the Tank 500 Hi4-T, on June 26, which is the first NEV from the Tank brand, and is only available in one version with a starting price of 335,000 yuan ($46,760).
The Tank 500 Hi4-T is a plug-in hybrid version of the Tank 500, which is powered entirely by an internal combustion engine. The regular Tank 500 is offered in nine versions in China with a starting price range of RMB 335,000 to RMB 395,000.
($1 = RMB 7.1646)