Great Wall Motor is reportedly in talks with a big Russian car dealer on establishing a joint venture.

The Xinhua News Agency said that Great Wall Motor spokesperson Shang Yugui confirmed talks but refused to give further details about the new joint venture.

The two will reach a decision in the first half of 2009, the report said.

The new joint venture plant is expected to produce Hover SUVs and other Great Wall models.

Great Wall said in a statement earlier that it would end its joint venture, Great Wall Alabuga Motor, in Russia, because of the gloomy global economic situation and the long-awaited approval from the Russian side.

Great Wall now has another factory in Russia with a capacity of 20,000 units, which mainly produces and assembles pickups and SUVs.