By on December 16, 2010

There is considerable new construction in Bahovista, Bulgaria, in what the New York Times calls a “goat-trodden village in the foothills of the Balkans.” China’s Great Wall and Bulgarian wrestler Grisha Ganchev have teamed up to build an assembly plant which, if the NYT is right,  “should begin turning out the first Chinese-branded cars in the European Union,” sometime next summer. Which ones? Wait, we’ll get there …

The Bahovitsa plant has the capacity for 50,000 units per year, built from kits shipped from China. Great Wall has obtained the all-important European Whole Vehicle Type Approval for a number of vehicles. The WVTA makes the cars street-legal in all of the EU.

According to the NYT, “the models and technical specifications” of the cars to be built in the goat-trodden village “have yet to be released.” Therefore, one is forced to make assumptions.

A study of what has been submitted for WVTA approval most likely produces the most reliable results.

The enterprising researcher  can also visit the 8th Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition, held from December 21 to 27. Also, a simple read of China’s  Global Times will be successful. The paper reports that a “Hover H5 European version,” equipped with a “2.0VGT high-efficiency diesel engine” mated to a 5 speed tranny will be debuted at the event.

According to Great Wall, that diesel engine complies with the strict EURO 5 standard. Having obtained all necessary documentation, the Chinese invasion of Europe may begin.

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8 Comments on “First Chinese Branded Cars To Be Produced In The EU...”

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    40 some yrs ago the japanese invasion people didnt pay much attention , why now?
    Just close the eyes & think of England.

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    if the car can survive all the crash tests then it can’t be all that bad.

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      The Lada Niva, a 1970s vintage Russian mini-suv, passed the European crash tests without even a driver airbag, and is sold in the EU. Almost any car designed after the introduction of seatbelts passes the current crash safety requirements.

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    Facelifted Isuzu Axiom, anyone?

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    Bulgaria mentioned on TTAC – I am really proud.
    Some pictures from the construction site near Lovech, Bulgaria.
    pic1, pic2, pic3, pic4
    The pictures are taken in September and I can’t find newer but from what I read the Chinese are not happy with the speed the construction is done. Still from September the (soon to be) factory is hiring people but not line workers. Since the plant is located in one of the poorest and depopulated areas of the country finding the required workforce will not be easy. So the Chinese invasion will at least be delayed.

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    Augie the Argie

    Front: CX-7
    Back: Isuzu Axiom

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    What? It’s not going to be CKD SAIC MG assembled in England and sold through Opel dealers as so prominently suggested here last week?
    The horror… the horror…

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    Since the plant is located in one of the poorest and depopulated areas of the country finding the required workforce will not be easy.

    Perhaps the feng shui and the numerology ( ask Bertel our man in Middle Kingdom for explanation ) all adds up to be a swell but not swift one though.

    poor area probably is good as u dont have to pay them top wages, but
    de-populated area ! How do u find people to work, unless u built dorms to house them, ship them in from towns & cities near by.

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