Great Wall Motor, China's largest SUV maker, plans to spend CNY2.6bn (US$426m) on the second phase of its SUV plant in Xushui in north China's Hebei province.

The project will cover 250,000 sq m and is scheduled to be completed within two years, Great Wall told China Daily.

The plant will produce premium SUVs such as the Haval H8.

Great Wall has three other plants - two in Baoding, Hebei province, and one in the north China port city of Tianjin.

The plants produce up to 800,000 vehicles a year.

In the first half of this year, Great Wall sold 370,301 vehicles, up 41% year on year.