SHIJIAZHUANG, July 10 (Xinhua) -- Great Wall Motors, China's largest sport utility vehicle (SUV) and pickup manufacturer, saw vehicle sales rise 4.7 percent year on year to 493,538 units in the first half of 2019.
Haval, one of the carmaker's brands, drove the overall sales growth of Great Wall Motors with more than 350,000 units sold between January and June, up 8.5 percent year on year, the company said.
Haval's accumulated global sales have exceeded 5 million, and have kept the record of best SUV seller in China for nine consecutive years.
Data from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers showed that passenger vehicle sales totaled 22.35 million in 2018, down 5.8 percent year on year, the first negative growth for the market registered in 28 years.
Great Wall Motors has sped up its efforts to explore the global market in 2019. In June, the company saw its plant in Russia's Tula region put into operation.
Headquartered in the city of Baoding, north China's Hebei Province, the company has sold its cars to over 60 countries and regions.