Great Wall’s Haval H5 ‘European Edition’ SUV model has been launched in the Russian market.

Co-organised by Great Wall Motors and its Russian distributor IRITO, the launch ceremony attracted attention from local media and auto fans. Zhou Yong from HAVAL SUV Loong Racing Team, the first place winner among Chinese racers at the Dakar Rally 2011, also attended the ceremony.

The Haval H5 model is homologated for the European Union market and went on sale in Italy last year where it sold 2,000 units.

Great Wall claims that the vehicle reached European-standard quality.

Haval H5 European Edition vehicles have also been exported in small batches to Syria, Belarus, Chile, Southeast Asia, Africa and other countries, Great Wall says.

Russia is a major overseas market for Great Wall Motors. In 2010, Great Wall Motors exported more than 8,000 vehicles to Russia.

In the Moscow Region, the Great Wall Motors owns a KD assembly plant with a production capacity of 30,000 vehicles, among which the main models are Haval H3, Haval H5 and Haval M2.

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