News

15
December
2016

GWM Steed Range Explained

When you’re in the market for a GWM Steed Double Cab bakkie, you’re faced with 3 options. The GWM Steed 5, GWM Steed 5E and GWM Steed 6. All three models are made to GWM’s standards and designed to be practical, comfortable and stylish.

All GWM Steed models might seem like great deals from the get-go but each GWM Steed model offers something different to the other. Let’s see what each model brings to the table.

GWM Steed 5

The GWM Steed 5 is the only model in the range that’s also available as a Single Cab. The Steed 5 is made to be the all-rounder bakkie, a workhorse during the week and a family car on the weekends. The GWM Steed 5 caters to the market that looking for a tough vehicle that won’t break the bank. So if you are in the market for something that’s affordable, practical and comfortable, the Steed 5 is the one to consider.

GWM Steed 5E

The Steed 5E is the premium version of the standard Steed 5 model, featuring more creature comforts and a redesigned facia. Built on the same chassis as the tough Steed 5, Steed 5E owners can expect to get more premium and luxurious features for the extra cost. Fitting in comfortably between the Steed 5 and Steed 6 models, the Steed 5E is GWM’s mid-class offering the bakkie market.

GWM Steed 6

The GWM Steed 6 can be considered as the ultimate bakkie in the range. The GWM Steed 6 caters for a market that wants the best a bakkie can offer in terms of luxury, style and capability. It might have a premium price compared to the rest of the GWM Steed range, but it’s priced affordably compared to its rivals in the market. The GWM Steed 6 was also awarded the 2015 Bakkie of the Year by SA Bakkie & Truck Magazine.

Whichever GWM Steed model you choose, you can rest in the knowledge that each GWM Steed model comes with a 3-5 year warranty, corrosion cover and unlimited towing assistance from the Automobile Association.

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12
December
2016

Let GWM Take You Safely to Your Destination

GWM is well-known for providing top quality and reliable vehicles. However, our service doesn’t come to an end the moment a customer leaves the dealership floor in a brand new bakkie. With GWM, motorists are guaranteed various aspects of owner support, including parts support, approved repair centres, warranty and service plans and 24 hour AA roadside assistance.

GWM won’t leave you stranded

At GWM, your safety comes first. And, since our aim is to ensure you enjoy a hassle-free drive at all times, we offer 24 hour AA roadside assist cover for two years for all new GWM vehicles. With this exclusive cover, AA Fleet Care will come to the rescue of stranded GWM customers and assists with basic on-site repairing and towing. This incredible service offer is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, including public holidays.

Roadside assistance services on offer:
• Assistance with changing flat tyres.
• If you run out of fuel, you will be provided with a maximum of five litres of fuel.
• A jump start should you need it. This is limited to two callouts each year. Anymore will be for your account.
• Battery replacement.
• Towing. Should you have a breakdown, AA will organise for your vehicle to be towed to the nearest approved GWM dealer.
• Basic roadside repairs to get you up and running again. These include electrical repairs, coil replacements as well as battery and immobiliser related breakdowns.
• Towing. Should you break down on the side of the road, the AA will arrange for your vehicle to be towed to the nearest GWM approved dealer.
For more information about the 24 hour roadside assist cover, contact a GWM dealership. Alternatively, visit www.gwm.co.za Image credit: GWM George

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09
December
2016

Why You Should Consider Single Cab Bakkies

Single Cab bakkies are embedded into South African culture. They have helped shaped the country, from driving crops up and down dusty roads, helping small construction companies to doubling up as a makeshift swimming pool during rugby matches.

Whichever way you look at it, Single Cab bakkies are part of South Africa. So why are they so loved? Here are a few reasons why they are so loved in South Africa.

Transporting

South Africans love being practical, so the bakkie should be to. A flat bed with simple locking, much like the GWM Steed 5 Single Cab, is ideal for when you want to load and unload heavy items. Due to the large amount of space in SA, people tend to purchase bigger things. Larger sofas and larger fridges are easily transported using a Single Cab.

Practicality

Single Cab bakkies are usually specified with few features, as practicality is key to this model. With 2-3 seats in the front, Single Cab models transport only the necessary, driver and items. This is great for small companies or farmers. The GWM Steed 5 Single Cab 4x2 Workhorse is a great example of affordable practicality.

Durabilty

Due to their practicality and simplicity, they have little that goes wrong. Single Cab bakkies are known as workhorses, muels that lug around heavy loads to areas that most cars dare to go. As for as purpose goes, any Single Cab bakkie for sale can expect a tough life. We’re not saying that Double Cab bakkies such as the Steed 5 Double Cab or Steed 5E aren’t durable, but their premium interiors are designed to cater for a more style conscious market.

Affordability

When looking at Single Cab vs Double Cab bakkies, the one thing that always makes the single cab for sale a better prospect is price. You get tons of practicality at a highly affordable price. Great deal for any South African consumer.

When you are looking at the list of Single Cab bakkies for sale it’s best you make sure to consider what you want and how you will utilise it. The utility is ultimately the deciding factor when you consider Single Cab vs Double Cab bakkies.

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06
December
2016

Haval SA celebrates the holidays with you!

Are you ready for Summer ’16? Going on a road trip?

Share your best GWM holiday stories or take a snap of yourself, your friends or family in, or with your GWM vehicle, and you could stand a chance to win exciting prizes including fuel and airtime vouchers!

What you need to know… What is the competition about?

Haval SA would like to bring together the country’s GWM owners and encourage them to share their holiday snaps and stories with the rest of the GWM community. Whether you’re travelling with your friends, partner, family, or solo we want to hear from you!

How does it work

STEP 1: While on your holiday road trip or even when you’re at your destination, snap a pics of yourself, your friends, family in your GWM vehicle. Make sure we can clearly see it is a GWM vehicle. Perhaps you would also like to tell us a funny, silly or exciting story about your holiday? Mention this too!

STEP 2: Tweet, Instagram or Facebook your pic or story using the hashtag #GWMselfie and tag @GWMSouthAfrica in your posts. You may submit as many entries as you like.

Make sure you like, share and follow our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages with your friends!

Start date: 15 December 2016
Deadline for submissions: 13 January 2017
Winners will be announced on 20 January 2017

Prizes up for grabs include:
• First prize: R2000 fuel voucher
• Second prize: R1000 fuel voucher (2 x R1000 prizes)
• Third prize: R500 airtime vouchers (2 x R500 vouchers)
• Prizes for ten noteworthy entries: R180 airtime vouchers (10 x R180)

How will the winners be chosen?

Haval SA will decide on the winning entries. The GWM Facebook community will decide on the “fan favourites” entries.

What are the rules?
• Your images must include a GWM vehicle (M4, Steed 5 or older models, Hover or C30).
• No other vehicle or branding must appear in the image.
• In order to be considered all images/posts must include the #GWMselfie and tag @GWMSouthAfrica
• The image must be a clear image.
• Posts with any nudity or profanities will not be considered
• Please drive safely! We will not be held responsible for your texting and driving/or posting your entry while driving

Terms and Conditions:
• The competition is open to all participants age 18 years old and over except employees of Haval Motors SA and Just Perfect Marketing, their close relatives and anyone otherwise connected with the organisation or judging of the competition.
• There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
• By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
• Multiple entries are welcome.
• Closing date for entry will be 13 January 2017. After this date the no further entries to the competition will be accepted.
• No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
• Haval Motors reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of their control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.
• The prize is as stated and cannot be exchanged for cash or other alternatives. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice. • The winner will be notified by email and/or DM on Twitter/Facebook and/or email within 28 days of the closing date.
• If the winners cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
• The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
• The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material, as well as their entry.
• Haval Motors’ decision as to those able to take part and selection of winners is final. No correspondence relating to the competition will be entered into.
• Once your entry is submitted, Haval SA reserves the right to re-tweet/repost/regram your entry with the public – all your other contact details will remain confidential

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06
December
2016

Go Big with a Double Cab Bakkie from GWM

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We have all heard the saying “Go big or go home.” Well, if you are planning on upgrading your vehicle to something bold, sophisticated and with a bit more power, then you’ll definitely want to visit a GWM dealership and have a look at their exclusive range of double cab bakkies for sale.

Of course, if you truly want to make a lasting impression wherever you go, then look no further than the GWM Steed 6.

A double cab bakkie like no other

With its bold appearance and commanding presence, the GWM Steed 6 has been specifically designed for motorists who want to drive only the best. Powered by GWM’s robust 2.0 litre engine, the Steed 6 has all the power you need to take you wherever you want to go. With its solid design, chiselled looks and sheer magnitude, the Steed 6 is a vehicle which demands respect wherever it goes.

Big in size, big on features

The GWM Steed 6 is currently one of the biggest double cab bakkies on the market. However, its sheer size is not the only big thing about this finely sculpted vehicle. The Steed 6 also comes equipped with an incredible range of advanced safety and security features, as well as comfort and entertainment features, designed to make any journey you take a smooth one.

Safety and security features include:
• Dual front SRS airbags.
• Side airbags.
• Rear child locks.
• Lights-on warning.
• Auto-locking.
• Tyre pressure monitoring.
• Immobiliser.
• Rain-sensing wipers.

Comfort and entertainment features include:
• Air conditioning.
• Climate control.
• Cruise control.
• Electric windows.
• Radio/CD/MP3 player.
• Bluetooth integration.

GWM Steed 6 double cab for sale

If you are in the market for a new vehicle and are wanting to make a big impression wherever you go, visit your nearest GWM dealership and have a look at the double cab bakkie specials which are on offer.

Image credit: GWM Alberton

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03
December
2016

GWM SA Takes Strides In The Market

The prospect of spending a large portion of your income on transport is daunting, especially if it’s something that you’ll have to do over extended periods of time. Vehicles aren’t cheap, neither is fuel. Your choice will need to a be carefully considered one.

But what if the choice was made easier by GWM South Africa? The question you’re surely asking is how, and here’s the answer.

Haval Motors recently announced their ownership of GWM SA, a giant leap in taking the brand to the next level in automotive dominance. Haval Motors and GWM have a long and proud history of being market leaders in one of the largest automotive economies in the world, China.

GWM SA is aiming to become a market leader in South Africa too with the introduction of GWM Motors’ affordable, practical and stylish GWM cars and GWM bakkies.

GWM M4

The GWM M4 is a stylish and ground breaking GWM SUV that introduces premium features to a budget driven market. Starting from only R189 900, owners can expect features such as Bluetooth radio, floating roof rails and large interior capacity.

GWM Steed Range

The GWM Steed range include the affordable Steed 5, the stylish Steed 5E and award winning Steed 6. All models are designed to be tough, capable and durable while enclosing the occupants in comfort and luxurious premium features.

GWM Warranty

GWM SA also boasts their comprehensive warranty plans for each model which ranges from 3 to 5 years. Another benefit for consumers is the fact that GWM prices remained stable for the past 2 years, ensuring that customers can get great quality at an affordable price. This is supported even further by various GWM special that run throughout the year.

Consumers are faced with tough economic times, so choosing the right long-term investment is key. Luckily, consumers have several options to choose from and various platforms and outlets which reviewed each model in detail. From automotive magazines, newspaper journalists and TV/online shows discuss the pros and cons of each vehicle so buyers can make an informed decision.

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01
December
2016

Find a Stylish New Bakkie for Sale at GWM

Black Friday has come and gone and across South Africa shoppers flocked to different stores to take advantage of the incredible specials which were on offer. However, even though November 25 has passed, and most of the specials are over, there is still good news for motorists who are looking for bakkies for sale. GWM has an incredible range of vehicles on offer and all at affordable prices. So, if you are looking for a stylish new set of vehicles, then visit your nearest dealership and take a look at the bakkies for sale.

On the showroom floor

GWM has an impressive range vehicles on offer. Some of these include:

• M4 – from R189 900
• Steed 5 – from R189 900
• Steed 5E – from R234 900
• Steed 6 – from R299 900

Each bakkie model has a unique design and comes with safety and security features as well as a range of comfort and entertainment options, all aimed at making your journey a pleasant one. Aside from offering reliable and stylish vehicles, GWM also provides all-round service, including customer care, warranty and service plans and roadside assist.

With the holiday season almost upon us, now is the ideal time to look at getting a new vehicle, especially if you are planning on going away for the holidays. GWM bakkies are built for endurance and designed to handle long hauls. These stylish vehicles are ideal for camping adventures and they are certainly not shy when it comes to having to cross rough terrain.

Find a GWM dealership near you

GWM has accredited dealerships situated across the country, so if you are looking for bakkies for sale in Gauteng, you will easily be able to find a branch near you. You can also visit GWM’s website to find branches in other provinces. So, even if you are searching for bakkies for sale in Cape Town, you will be able to find a professional dealership to assist you.

If you are looking to find a vehicle which suits your lifestyle, contact your nearest GWM dealership and book a test drive today.

Image credit: GWM Alberton

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10
November
2016

Prices for the GWM Steed 5E Remain Constant for 18 Months

November got off to a rough start for motorists across the country as the petrol price increased once again. Unfortunately, vehicle owners will now have to dig a little deeper in order to fill their tanks which means they will have to readjust their budgets, especially if they are going on holiday during December. However, even though the fuel price never remains stable, there is one thing motorists can always count on. And that is constant service and affordable new bakkie prices from GWM.

Tough to beat

With inflation, the fluctuating exchange rate and the devastating drought wreaking havoc on the economy, it has been a rough year for consumers. As a result, a majority of people are expecting new bakkie prices in South Africa to be rocketing through the roof. This is definitely not the case as far as GWM is concerned and, over the last 18 months, the price of the GWM Steed 5E has remained the same.

Additional benefits from GWM

Aside from keeping their prices the same for new bakkie specials over the last several months, GWM is also giving their customers more with the Spring Service Campaign. If you take your vehicle to be serviced, you will receive a R280 discount. In addition to this, any maintenance repair, on your vehicle, which costs more than R570, will also result in a R280 discount. If you are planning on going away on holiday in December, it is advisable that you have your car serviced before you hit the road. Fortunately, the Spring Service Campaign is running until November 30 (terms and conditions apply), so there is more than enough time for you to book your vehicle in before you head off to relax and put your feet up.

Visit your dealership today

With their professional assistance, affordable new bakkie deals and Spring Service Campaign, GWM is helping motorists reach their chosen destination safely. The petrol price might be putting a dent in your wallet, but a new reliable set of wheels doesn’t have to.

Image credit: GWM Alberton

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07
November
2016

4x2 vs 4x4 Pros and Cons

So, you’re looking up 4x4 and 4x2 bakkies for sale and you aren’t sure which is better for you. Well, we’re here to help.

When it comes to the question of 4x2 vs 4x4, there may not be a clear-cut answer. This is because everything depends on your primary purpose for the vehicle. But, having said that, we’ll give you a few details about each that will hopefully help you make a decision.

What You Get from a 4x2 Car or Bakkie

A 4x2 car or bakkie has four wheels (as you would expect). However, only two of these wheels are driven by the engine. The other two spin as a result of the motion of the vehicle. The driven wheels can either be the forward or rear wheels, though front wheel drive tends to lend itself to stability.

What You Get from a 4x4

A 4x4 vehicle has what is referred to as four-wheel drive. This means that each of the four wheels receives power from the engine. These vehicles feature a ‘low range’ of gears, which helps the axle spin at lower than normal RPM.

4x2 vs 4x4

One of the definite pros of 4x2 bakkies for sale is fuel economy. It stands to reason that powering fewer wheels would consume less petrol. And, speaking of costs, 4x2 vehicles save on a few fronts. Their initial sale price is usually lower, as are their maintenance costs as there are fewer parts to maintain.

As for the cons, you might find that the resale value for a 2x4 is lower. In addition, these cars or bakkies get stuck easier in mud or over difficult terrain as there are fewer wheels receiving power.

One of the obvious pros of 4x4s is that this is far less likely to happen as a result of their low range gears and four-wheel drive. Also, the resale value of 4x4s tends to be higher.

Having said that, the initial price might be high as well. In addition, the maintenance costs can be more on account of the higher amount of working parts.

Which Is Better?

When weighing up the 4x2 vs 4x4 pros and cons it is important to keep an eye on what you most require the vehicle for. If you are likely to be staying away from treacherous roads and need less low-speed brunt, perhaps a 4x2 is for you. Alternatively, if you can see a lot of off-roading in your future, it might be worth it to opt for a 4x4 and look forward to the higher resale value.

Whichever you choose hopefully the above information helped you figure out which of the two choices is the better one for you. And, if you need further help deciding, we’d be more than happy to oblige, so contact us today!

Image credit: http://www.drivenews.co.za/2013/driven/drive-review-gwm-steed5/

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07
November
2016

Steed 6 Review Leaves Lasting Impression

The first impression is always utterly important, but it fades once the details are discovered. The lasting impression is made from endless observations of the details that are invisible to the naked eye during the initial impression. The details that linger are the ones that last.

So, what lasting impression does the new GWM Steed 6 4x4, a model that was voted the best bakkie of 2015 by Bakkie & Truck Magazine, make? To find out the lasting impression, the details need to be uncovered in the Steed 6 specs.

Design

As with any new models on the automotive market, first impressions are measured by the attention placed on the styling. The simple fact of how it looks is deemed far more important than other criteria. And the GWM Steed 6 review is positive.

Its bold, louvred grille and accentuated wheel arches gives it a powerful stance that demands attention. The visual appeal added by the integrated LED strips, high-intensity projector-style headlamps and a finely sculpted lower airdam ensures the GWM Steed 6 4x4 looks at home anywhere.

Comfort and entertainment

The European inspired facia accentuated by the two-tone black and grey details gives the impression of luxury. Soft touches remind the driver of the quality of materials used, from the leather covered seats and dashboard to the treated plastic buttons.

Multi-function steering wheel, trip computer and cruise control come standard, along with Bluetooth and height-adjustable driver’s seat. Auto wipers and full house leather upholstery can be found on the flagship Xscape model.

Power and economy

The Steed 6 4x4 comes fitted with GWM's 2,0-litre VGT engine. This powerhouse delivers 105 kW and 305 Nm of torque through a six-speed manual transmission. This translates into a manageable power output and an economical combined fuel cycle of 8,8 L/100 km.

Adding to the Steed 6 specs is the standard rear-differential lock that will come in handy when road turns into an adventure.

Is it expensive?

Retailing from R299 000 makes the Steed 6 for sale one of the best bargains on the market. All Steed 6 models are backed by GWM's comprehensive 5-years/100 000 km warranty and 2-years/24-hour roadside assistance. An optional 5-years/60 000 km service plan is also available.

Image credit: GWM Pretoria

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07
November
2016

Go on Holiday in Style with a GWM M4

The end of the year is only a few weeks away and already people are getting into the festive spirit and starting to plan their December holiday. If you are traveling somewhere local, you probably have already booked your accommodation and made a list of items which you need to take with you. However, have you considered how you will be traveling to your holiday destination? If not, why not take a look at a GWM M4 for sale and arrive at your location in comfort and style.

GWM M4 specs and features

Aside from coming in four vibrant colours (Titanium White, Jazz Red, Sky Silver and Fashionable Orange), the GWM M4 offers a range of specs and features, each one designed to ensure that wherever you go, your journey will be a pleasant one. Some of these features include:


For convenience and comfort

• Air conditioning • Cruise control • Power steering • Electric windows • Electric mirrors • Remote audio controls

For safety and security

• Dual SRS airbags at the front • ABS with EBD • Immobiliser • Isofix child seat mountings • Rear door child locks • Remote central locking • Adjustable safety belts

Despite being more compact compared to other small crossovers, the GWM M4 is a practical vehicle for everyday use as well as those special occasions (like holidays) when you might have to travel over long distances. With an impressive 310 litres of boot space at your disposal, you won’t have to stress about packing lightly or not having enough room to fit all of your family’s luggage. If you need any additional space, then the rear seat, which is split 60:40, can be folded down to accommodate your needs. The M4 also offers plenty of legroom as well so your family can stretch out in comfort for those long journeys.

GWM M4 price

When considering a new car, price is always a major deciding factor. However, by going through a reliable dealership, you will find the GWM M4 and all its incredible features at the right price. Of course, if you are still not convinced that this is the right vehicle for you, go online and take a look at the GWM M4 review and let the facts speak for themselves.


Image credit: GWM Alberton

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07
November
2016

New Bakkie Prices: Are They Affordable?

New Bakkie Prices: Are They Affordable?

Simply put, no. The consumer is under increasing pressure every single day. This is more so than not the case for South African consumers. A weakening currency caused by political uncertainty, struggling trade and increased worker disputes all contribute their fair share in pressuring the South African consumer.


This becomes clearer when you look at the increasing new bakkie prices in South Africa. New bakkie deals can easily set one back over a quarter of a million, and it doesn’t get cheaper when one looks at new bakkie specials.


Sure, many of the new bakkies for sale do come with financial structuring support, but it comes in the form of a balloon payment that will linger over your bank account for years to come. Simply put, new bakkies are getting too expensive. Looking at the new bakkie prices seen on the local automotive market, one wonders how much debt the South African consumer is actually in.


This view is shared in other countries too. Although the US has the luxury of a more affordable baseline price for all their vehicle and fuelling, the global price increase of metal and manufacturing saw them, along with Europe and Asia, increase the prices across the board. Many automotive brands, including GWM, are looking to other methods of manufacturing and material production to keep prices as low as possible.


Considering the economic pressures endured by nearly every facet of the South African consumer market, expecting the automotive market to remain affordable is a pipeline dream… Unless of course you consider the new GWM Steed range. GWM proudly boasts the fact that prices across the GWM range have remained stable for 18 months and counting. And with market leading features available at entry level prices, the GWM Steed looks like the bargain of the century.


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04
November
2016

The Steed 5E Explores New Pastures

Owning a bakkie, much like the GWM Steed 5E, is both a privilege and pleasure. Having the ability to venture off the beaten track without a moment’s hesitation while safe in the knowledge that you will remain cocooned in luxury is just perfect.

Since the Steed 5 facelift made its debut, the automotive market played witness to the introduction of a model that not only measures up to the elite but makes it affordable for consumers. This certainly was a welcome breath of fresh air.

The Steed 5 4x4 was just the right model the bakkie segment needed. Something that is powerful enough to lug around heavy loads, durable enough for tougher roads and comfortable enough to take to church on Sundays. With a wide range of specs and accessories, the Steed 5 has certainly set a benchmark for other bakkies on the market.

So, what makes the Steed 5 4x4 so special?

Simple. It introduces elite features at an affordable price to a tight nipped consumer market that is currently under financial strain. Some of these Steed 5 accessories include Bluetooth, ABS and EBD, dual airbags and a multi-function steering wheel.

Although luxuries are valued, the true measure of a bakkie’s success is how it performs as a workhorse. Camping trips, helping a friend move house, delivering the new fridge from the shop, this is where a bakkie should shine.

And the GWM Steed5 facelift model does this exceptionally well. Designed to be tough and reliable, the Steed 5 4x4 is more than a pretty face.

Great! But what about the fine print?

GWM looks to deliver exceptional value to the local consumer market, which is why the Steed 5 facelift boasts GWM’s comprehensive 5-years/100 000 km warranty and 2-years/24-hour roadside assistance. An optional 5-years/60 000 km service plan is also available.

That’s phenomenal considering the Steed 5 4x4 Double Cab retails from only R189 900.

Image credit: GWM Alberton

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04
November
2016

GWM South Africa: Tips for Off-Road Driving and the Best GWM Cars for the Job

Many people buy GWM cars because of their brilliant features, sleek designs, and the affordable and very attractive GWM prices. Some, however, contact GWM SA looking for purpose-built off-roading machinery. And, even discounting the GWM specials, this is a wise move.

The reason for this is the fact that GWM motors are built for rugged outdoor use and can stand up to anything. So, whether you are in a GWM SUV or one of the ultra-tough GWM bakkies, you know that your off-roading experience is going to be an adventure – and for all the right reasons.

You can count on GWM motors to power you through the great outdoors. But, just to make sure that you are as up to the task as the GWM SUV or bakkie you are driving, here are a few off-roading tips.

GWM SA: How to Drive Off-Road

Given that some people attend advanced classes when learning to drive off road, we aren’t going to try to teach you everything about the practice in this article. We will, however, give you a few tips to get you started, just to make sure that your excursions stay as safe as possible.

So, with that in mind, here are some of the basics for off-road driving:

Don’t Be a Hero

Don’t go off road trying to impress anyone. This could lead you to making bad decisions just because you are worried about looking less than brave. Forget all of this. Never be afraid to turn around and find another route if the one you are on looks treacherous. Being cautious is better than rolling your vehicle while trying to be a hero.

Take It Slowly

Hitting obstacles like rocks and fallen trees at speed is likely to do damage to your vehicle. And, while GWM bakkies are built tough, they aren’t impervious to high speed collisions. This is why it is best to go slowly and ease over obstacles, letting the suspension work the way it was intended to work.

Aim Low

The lower gears in your transmission have more torque, making them better for off-roading. Having to negotiate steep inclines, low-grip surfaces, and obstacles is far better handled in lower gears.

Relieve the Pressure

High tyre pressures may be better for fuel economy, but they don’t do you any favours when you are off-roading. This is because highly inflated tyres are more likely to bounce, which you definitely don’t want. You want your tyres to absorb the shocks offered by the uneven surfaces and help you grip the loose terrain. This is achieved through lowering your vehicle’s tyre pressure.

GWM South Africa: The Best Tool for the Job

You might like trundling down a country lane or you may prefer venturing out into the unknown and forging your own path. Whatever your choice, you need the right tool for the job. Fortunately GWM has the right vehicle to suit your needs.

Whether it’s an SUV or a thoroughbred bakkie, you’ll find what you need in our showrooms. And, with GWM prices being what they are (and GWM specials seeing vehicles go for a steal), you’ll definitely get lots of bang for your buck.

Image credit: http://www.ignitionlive.co.za/gwm-launches-bakkie-assault/

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18
October
2016

Single Cab vs Double Cab Bakkies

Double cab or single cab bakkies – that is the question. Both exist because they have very specific and relevant purposes. It’s not as if double cabs came out and crushed the need for single cab vehicles, a bit like CDs did to tapes. It’s not as if the only single cab bakkie for sale on the market is in the used car lots.

No, a single cab for sale stands proudly next to a double cab, confident in its own purpose-built splendour. A single cab knows that a double cab is not the next step, it’s just another member of the family. So, what is the main difference between double cab and single cab bakkies, and which one should you choose? We’ll answer that question right now.

Single Cab vs Double Cab: What is the Difference?

The most noticeable difference between a double cab and single cab bakkie for sale is, of course, the additional cabin space. A single cab has only the front seats making up the cabin, and the rest of the bakkie is devoted to storage space in the form of the loading bin. A double cab, on the other hand, has additional space inside the cabin for passengers or other items.

The compromise in the case of a double cab is the fact that less space is left available for storage in the loading bin. The additional seats inside the cabin encroach slightly on what would have been pure, unadulterated storage space. However, the back seats don’t just have to be used to transport passengers. It is also possible to place tools and other items on the back seats when the storage bin is filled to capacity. In single cabs, it isn’t always possible to transport tools when the storage bin is filled. As mentioned above, single cabs have more, pure storage room available. This means that it is possible to transport bigger loads, which could definitely accommodate tools and other items if packed well.

Which is Better?

In truth there is no right answer to this question. As mentioned, both single and double cabs exist because they each have specific purposes. This means that it is entirely up to you, the owner, and your needs. If the main reason you have for looking for a single cab for sale is the transportation of goods and equipment, you’re on the right track. Single cabs provide a bigger storage area and are thus perfect for hauling loads. If, however, you see yourself splitting your loads between goods and passengers, a double cab will probably serve you better.

Hopefully this helps you make a good decision regarding which bakkie is better. But, with the excellent vehicles available from GWM, it’s understandable why it is a tough decision. If you are still unsure as to which to choose, contact GWM today and we’ll be happy to help you decide.

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