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06
September
2016

Double Cab for Sale: Buying New

Double Cab for Sale: Buying New

How often have you looked at the pre-owned booklet and perused over the used double bakkie for sale section? It sure does look like a collection of great deals. Low millage double cab bakkie specials and they’re all in showroom condition.

You might think that buying pre-owned is a great choice but is it always the best one? Here is why buying new is always a safe bet.

Fresh out of the box

No need for advertising that it’s in showroom condition, because it is. It’s a brand new vehicle that recently arrived at the dealership. So you are purchasing a vehicle that’s just rolled off the production line and has not been used buy another owner.

You will be the first person to enjoy all the features which the GWM double cab bakkie offers. Leather seats, multifunction steering wheel and air-conditioning. Great features that are as fresh as the air-conditioned breeze.

Tailored to your specification

When purchasing a new vehicle, you often have to make a choice between a collection of specifications. Although it seems daunting, it’s actually a real treat, especially if you look through the GWM double cab bakkie specs.

You will have the luxury of choosing the specific colour scheme, engine specification and optional extras. These features will make your model unique from the pack and will cater to all your tailored needs.

Dealer experience

One of the best experiences a person can have is the luxury of enjoying excellent customer service. This comes standard when purchasing a new vehicle, something you will regret not doing when buying that used double cab bakkie for sale from someone who won’t answer the phone after the sale.

Knowing that there is someone at the dealership which will look after you and your vehicle is a service worth paying for. Luckily for you, it comes standard with the purchase of any new GWM.

Warranty and Service plan

Every GWM double cab bakkie specs include GWM’s comprehensive 5-year/100 000 km warranty and 2-years/24-hour roadside assistance supported by the AA (Automobile Association). Along with it, you will also have the option of adding an additional 5-year/60 000 km service plan.

Buying new does come with a few perks, especially if the retail price is as affordable as the GWM Steed 5 Double Cab. See here more information on the GWM double cab bakkie specs.

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03
September
2016

GWM Single Cab: Bargain Parts

GWM Single Cab: Bargain Parts

GWM in South Africa built a foundation that is reputable throughout the automotive industry by providing durable and reliable single cab bakkies at an affordable price. The question on everyone’s lips however, is what makes the GWM Single Cab Steed so affordable?

We can discuss our streamlined and efficient production process, or put the focus on how we demand the best prices for our customers at base level, but the best way is to explain how we look further than just the sale.

GWM prides itself on delivering the best possible service to our clients. One of the many ways in which we do this is by providing an aftersales service that is second to none. That’s were parts pricing comes to play.

When perusing through the range of single cab bakkies for sale, one needs to consider what the cost of the service and parts will be. This is where the GWM Steed 5 Single Cab shone in its segment in the Kingsey Report of 2015.

The Kingsey Report is an annual review of the parts and service pricing of automotive brands and their products. Research is conducted across 74 vehicles featured in nine categories. In the 2015 reports, researchers found the price per basket (which is known to be total price of all parts researched) was the most affordable in the GWM Steed 5.

This, along with the affordable starting retail price of R164 900 and GWM’s comprehensive 3 year/100 00 km warranty, it’s no wonder the GWM Steed 5 Single Cab is considered among the best single cab bakkies for sale South Africa has ever seen.

The South African automotive consumer market witnessed soaring inflation in recent years, with the end consumer forced to dig a bit deeper in their pockets for what are essentially the same products. GWM in South Africa does not agree with this general industry consent and is proud to announce that our prices have remained stable over a period of 18 months. That is remarkable considering how prices increased across the market.

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15
August
2016

GWM Specs: What Your Next Bakkie Needs

GWM Specs: What Your Next Bakkie Needs

The bakkie as a utility vehicle has continuously proven itself over time. Fleet managers, farmers, delivery companies and rugby supporters will, without a moment’s hesitation, jump to defence of a bakkie.

If you are among those who want your next vehicle to be a bakkie. You’ll be busy analysing the details, like those found in the GWM Steed specs list, wondering how to make up your mind. “But which one? There are so many options.” Here are a few aspects you should consider when looking for a new bakkie.

Loading capacity

Among the many reasons why bakkies are so popular is the fact that they’re able to carry large loads. Bakkies can easily transport essentials which are too big for a standard vehicle. This makes them extremely popular. So the bakkie’s load capacity should be substantial enough for you to transport your goods or equipment hassle-free.

Tough Exterior

Along with being used as hauling mules, bakkies should also be able to venture off the beaten track. Loading the back with camping equipment, getting the family on board and driving several kilometres off-road should be no problem for a bakkie. Make sure the model you want is built for adventure. A good ground clearance with a standard skid plate means your vehicle won’t be phased by larger rocks and hills.

Comfortable interior

Being a workhorse, luxury is among the last things one would expect in a utility vehicle. However, modern bakkies do feature several luxury additions, like those found on the GWM Steed 5 specs list, which make life more comfortable. Make sure your bakkie is equipped with features that will make it a comfortable ride.

Strong engine

Being able to tow all that extra weight is a must for any bakkie. Having all the space in the world to store equipment is pointless if you can’t take it anywhere. Do research on engine specification and see for yourself if it will be able to lug around the extra luggage.

Seeing that all the vehicles from the commercial range of GWM specs are fitted with these features, it makes the task of searching a whole lot easier.

The GWM Steed 5 is commercial vehicle that is designed to make the utility of bakkies affordable for the masses. With a tough segment that features several products, GWM is aiming to become a pillar within South Africa’s bakkie segment by producing solid and reliable models that feature elite specifications and a fraction of the price.

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12
August
2016

GWM M4: Does Your Crossover Have What It Takes?

GWM M4: Does Your Crossover Have What It Takes?

You are looking for a compact SUV that caters to your unique needs. Although there are several choices from the various brands available on the market, your list of options becomes smaller when you start comparing between the individual models.

There is one model that stands out from the crowd. The GWM M4 is a vehicle that proudly boasts a range of features that will suit anyone looking for a stylish compact SUV with the practicality of a modern crossover.

To help you make sense of what all this means, it’s advisable to understand how all these features could integrate into your life. Let’s look at a few examples of the GWM M4 specifications and see how they can make your life easier.

Seating for four

Starting with the most important place in a vehicle for you, the driver’s seat, it’s easy to see how you can lose yourself in the stylish and elegant design. Neat black cloth upholstery integrated with a soft touch piano black facia that’s edged with silver trim, turns any driving experience into an elegant outing.

Your very own Sydney Opera House

Bluethooth connectivity gives you a front seat to a concert that’s tailored to your entertainment. The multi-function steering wheel, which features settings for the volume and cruise control, is designed to make the task of driving effortless.

Looks fit for Kalahari

Limitations are boundless with the GWM M4’s raised ground clearance and skid-plates that protect the vehicle’s underpinnings, leaving you free to tackle those gravel pathways. Air-damp fog lamps and daytime running lights brighten the road ahead.

Practical adjustable roof rails give the impression of a floating roof that is both stylish and functional while allowing you to carry extra items on long weekends away.

Sub-consciously safe

This is one thing you do not wish to ever test yourself, but it sure is comforting to know it’s there. The GWM M4 is fitted with ABS and EBD as standard, which ensures heavy braking is a relaxing and stress-free process.

Dual front airbags with height adjustable seatbelts and Isofix child-seat mountings in the rear allows you to get comfortable and feel at ease in the knowledge that you and your loved ones are protected during an accident.

Following the short GWM M4 review it’s easy to see why people across the world are looking at this vehicle as their next mode of transport. And with a retail price of R189 900, it sure makes it one of the bargains of the century. Book your test drive today!

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10
August
2016

Crossover vs SUV: How to Choose

Crossover vs SUV: How to Choose

Consumers are faced with a smorgasbord of choices in today’s automotive market. From big blue bakkies to small yellow sedans. No matter which segment you are shopping in, you will certainly be spoiled for choice. And none more so than the crossover SUV South Africa segment.

The question between crossover vs SUV has been on the mind of consumers for ages. So how do you decide which option is best for you?

There are several aspects that one should consider when doing a crossover SUV comparison between the models available on the market. Some options might be more important to you than others, so it advisable to look at the details. Here are some of them:

Size matters

Crossovers are vehicles that were initially designed for a certain purpose but, with a few adjustments, can cater to a completely different market. SUVs, or Sport Utility Vehicle, are models designed to be big from the get go. However, attention has been placed on their performance in certain scenarios during its design.

Built for outdoors

Crossovers and SUVs are bigger and live tougher lives than most cars, excluding workhorse bakkies and commercial vehicles. They are designed to take the entire family out into the middle of nowhere on a camping trip in complete comfort. Both models are able to go off-road, however crossovers are fitted with extras that make it able to venture the unbeaten track, and take the beating that goes along with it. SUVs are designed to go off-road from their concept phase.

It’s what’s on the inside that counts

While both SUV and crossover vehicles feature several creature comforts, SUVs are fitted as standard with various equipment that caters for adventurous driving. Crossovers feature added features that make it a practical off-roading machine. Skid plates and mudguards are among the additions that will stand out on crossovers.

It’s so roomy

Interior space is highly important to many consumers busy with their crossovers vs SUV comparison. Both types are extremely spacious, however SUVs tend to have an extra few litres of boot space. This is due to the fact that crossovers were designed to be smaller vehicles from the start, like a hatchback, for example.

What the wallet says

In the end, it boils down to the ultimate decider…price. Since crossovers are smaller vehicles adapted to take on tougher conditions, they tend to be more affordable than their heavier counterparts, SUVs.

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08
August
2016

Compact SUV: Taking the GWM M4 Highway

Compact SUV: Taking the GWM M4 Highway

Staying true to its global success, the introduction of the GWM M4 1,5-litre compact SUV was welcomed by South Africans looking for a crossover vehicle that is both reliable and affordable.

With the compact SUV comparison South Africa segment being highly competitive, models need to deliver clients more than what they expected. And this is certainly the case with the GWM M4.

The GWM M4 is the latest compact SUV South Africa receives from a global automotive leader, promising to deliver not only exceptional practicality and quality, but a dynamic and unique product that is affordable across the market.

Stylish and tough exterior

Boasting a distinctive and modern appearance, the stylish GWM M4 compact SUV is able to impress onlookers with its unique design. The tough exterior features sport a black and silver trim to form a complete package.

Interior creature comforts

The multifunction steering wheel features audio, Bluetooth and cruise control to ensure that all the necessities are within reach at all times while the vehicle’s trip computer displays the vital information and statistics you need to know. Electric windows, CD-player with Bluetooth connectivity and automatic air-conditioning enhances the comfort levels and turns any tedious long journey into a sublime experience.

Practicality meets elegance

Cup holders and a cargo curtain keep your essentials in place while the 60:40 splitting rear seats increases the 310-litre boot to create an enormous cargo space. The spare wheel is placed underneath the floor to further enhance the storing capacity and create a flat and easily-manoeuvrable space.

Maximising engine performance

An efficient 1,5-litre VVTi petrol engine which delivers 71,3 kW at 6000 rpm and 138 Nm of torque works seamlessly alongside a five-speed transmission to maximise performance while giving a smooth and linear ride. The fuel efficient power unit manages a combined cycle of 7,2 litres/100 km while emitting an environmentally conscious CO2 emission figure of 172g/km. An adjustable steering column and a hydraulically-operated power steering assistance ensures that you can effortlessly utilise the M4’s dynamics.

With safety in mind

There’s been absolutely no compromise regarding safety with the GWM M4 being fitted with ABS and EBD as standard. Dual front airbags with height adjustable safety belts in the front seats, Isofix child-seat mountings on the rear seats and child locks make it a safe family vehicle.

The GWM M4 enters the South African market as an exceptional choice for anyone looking to purchase their next model in the compact SUV 2016 segment.

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07
August
2016

What’s New On The GWM Steed 6?

What’s New On The GWM Steed 6?

As with any product, you expect there to be a step up when new products, or, in this case, models come out. But, when talking about the GWM Steed 6, you’re faced with the difficulty of surmounting the already high bar set by the spectacular GWM Steed 5. So, what does a new GWM Steed need to bring to the party if it is to take a step forward from a brilliant predecessor?

Before we can answer that question, we first need to look at the starting point, which is the GWM Steed 5 off of which the 6 was launched.

The GWM Steed 5

The Steed 5 remains a fantastic bakkie. It’s a double cab, which South Africans love, and absolutely tough as nails. But, underneath the aggressive, angular exterior design lurks a luxurious cabin that offers bucket-loads of comfort and entertainment.

With leather seats, air-conditioning, power steering, and a brilliant audio system, the Steed 5 offers abundant comfort and entertainment. Add to that the rugged design features and leading safety and security and you’ve got an awe-inspiring bakkie.

The Steed 5 is powered by a 2.2 litre petrol engine that puts out 78 kW and generates 190 Nm of torque.

What the GWM Steed 6 Adds

Because of all its features, the Steed 5 is certainly a hard act to follow. But limits are meant to be exceeded, and the Steed 6 has managed to build on its impressive predecessor.

The leather seats are now joined by a leather-wrapped steering wheel, which perfectly complements the top-notch entertainment system. This system features electrically adjustable seats, cruise control, and an audio player with Bluetooth capability.

Powering this beast forward is GWM’s widely-praised 2.0 litre direct-injected VGT engine, whose turbocharger brings its power output up to 105 kW. Complimenting this is a 6 speed transmission, ensuring that the comfort inside is not compromised by a lack of brunt.

Though mighty, the Steed 6 is not without finesse. Uncontrollable power is useless, so the electronic driving aids make sure that this monster can be kept restrained. Such restraints exist in the form of Electronic Stability Control by Bosch, ensuring that even the most treacherous roads can easily be conquered.

These are just some of the fantastic features which the Steed 6 brings to the table. For more information on this exceptional bakkie, be sure to contact GWM today!



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06
August
2016

New GWM Bakkie Prices Remain Consistent

New GWM Bakkie Prices Remain Consistent

Over the years, South African consumers faced several tough challenges concerning their transport budget. Rising fuel costs, increased taxing on products, vehicle price inflation and e-tolls made sure that each vehicle owner had to review their budgets over time.

Due to increasing costs on products such as steel and plastic, the automotive industry was forced to invest in alternative methods of cost reduction or do a basic inflation of their standard costs. Most, if not all, had to look to the latter as their initial response to rising costs.

This was the case for most automotive manufacturers except GWM. With the Steed 5 Single and Double Cab range, new GWM bakkie prices remained the same for the past 18 months. An amazing achievement considering how the market fluctuated.

An affordable Steed

GWM bakkie reviews showcased the rise in popularity of the Steed 5, along with delving into great depth about how highly affordable new GWM bakkie prices are. New or used, the GWM bakkie for sale deals were becoming the bargain of the century.

This was noted by the previous Kingsey Report conducted in 2015, where research found the Steed 5 as the most affordable bakkie in its segment to maintain. Considering the price-per-part in basket, GWM’s Steed 5 shone above the competition by being nearly half of the service and maintenance cost.

Exceptional for a bakkie that is relatively new to the South African market. So how has GWM been able to achieve this? To find, one needs to look abroad.

Growing market influence

Although GWM is still a growing brand within local shores, GWM is the leading bakkie retailer in China. Seen as the largest growing automotive market in the world, being a market leader takes some doing.

With this achievement, GWM was able to relate their success in China and introduce a model that is highly suitable to the local South African bakkie market. And the news gets even better.

What it means for you

South Africans can enjoy the peace of mind of GWM's comprehensive 3 year/100 000 km warranty and comes with 2-years AA roadside assistance included as standard with all Steed 5 Single Cab models.

Steed 5 Double Cab owners enjoy the same 2-years AA roadside assistance but with the added 5 year/100 000 km warranty. Exceptional value for money considering the affordable prices.

Be assured that the next new GWM bakkie for sale you consider will be backed by a brand that cares for their clients.

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05
August
2016

Are Double Cab Bakkies Safe in an Accident?

Are Double Cab Bakkies Safe in an Accident?

Size is always a natural determining factor when safety is concerned. Elephants are less likely to be trampled than sheep, and lions are more feared than wolves. However, does the size of your vehicle determine your safety in an accident?

The question as to whether double cab bakkies can actually be as safe as cars has been on the lips of consumers for a long time. For years double cab bakkies have been deemed as excellent workhorses but fail horribly as a safe alternative to transporting families.

Why were bakkies deemed unsafe?

It’s due to how bakkies were allowed to be designed. Many will find this surprising but bakkies never had to adhere to the safety standards and regulations set for cars. That was until the turn of the millennium.

In 1999, US federal regulations required that all light trucks including 4x2 double cab models meet the exact same standard safety requirements set by normal passenger cars. This includes that bakkies meet the side-impact structural ratings and have dual front airbags fitted.

What made them unsafe?

Apart from the lack of safety features, double cab bakkies shared a similar problem to that of SUVs. Due to their sheer size, pedestrians had a less likely chance of survival upon impact. A bakkies’s chassis were also stiffer than that of most other vehicles, and were less likely to reduce the overall impact.

So have bakkies become safe?

According to research conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the safety rates of bakkies increased across the board.

Although double cab bakkies aren’t completely on par with some of their passenger car counterparts, there’s surely been significant strides made in the safety development of the beloved transporter.

This is no different when it comes to the GWM Steed 5 2.2 Mpi 4x2 Safety model. Not only does it come standard with dual front airbags, it also features height adjustable inertia reel seatbelts, ABS and EBD.

Excellent value for money considering this capable model starts at a retail price of R204 900 (incl. VAT). And having the support of GWM’s comprehensive 5-years/100 000 km warranty and 2-years/24-hour roadside assistance, owners can drive safe in the knowledge that they are well looked after.



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05
August
2016

The Beauty of Single Cab GWM Steed Bakkies

The Beauty of Single Cab GWM Steed Bakkies

Unlike SUVs or double cabs, single cab bakkies are specialist tools. When built right, they’re tough as nails, rigid, and have only one purpose – the safe transportation of goods of all, shapes, sizes, weights.

While other bakkies are somewhere in between purpose built transportation machinery and people carriers, single cab bakkies are strictly the former, and that’s why we love them so much. But, tough and rugged machinery doesn’t have to forego comfort and looks altogether. In fact, it’s quite possible to blend the worlds of utility and luxury and roll them up into the most awesome example of single cab bakkies for sale. The single cab GWM bakkie is a prime example.

Take the Steed 5 for instance. This is a great example of a thoroughbred workhorse, but it manages to be completely tough while still catering for comfort and entertainment.

Just to prove our point about comfort and amazing features not detracting from toughness in any way, take a look at some of the features of the Steed 5:

Comfort

Everything from the spaciousness of the cabin – with its abundant legroom, headroom, and shoulder-room – to the bucket seats and padded armrest are aimed at giving the driver and passengers of the Steed 5 an exceptionally comfortable ride. Add to this, luxuries such as power steering, a USB/SD audio system and air-conditioning, and you’re sure of a very enjoyable driving experience.

Some models even go so far as to offer power electric windows, leather upholstery, remote audio controls, and electric mirror adjustment.

Safety

With single cabs being built to spend a lot of time on the road (or off it, for that matter), safety is paramount. Safety packages feature ABS with EBD and dual front airbags. Fog lamps and adjustable safety belts come standard on all Steed 5 models, as do immobilisers and central locking.

Looks

Just because a single cab bakkie is designed to be rugged doesn’t mean that it can’t have great looks as well. Granted, the Steed 5 is designed to be incredibly tough – featuring a double insulated load bin and ladder frame chassis – but its smooth design, steel wheels, and colour coding make it one handsome workhorse.

Single cab bakkies are purpose built for hard work. But GWM doesn’t equate hard work with discomfort. That’s why we’ve packed a host of fantastic features into a tough exterior – allowing every driver to work hard and play hard all at once.

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27
May
2016

GWM Announcement

Great Wall Motor Company Limited of China is very pleased to announce that it will directly enter the South African motor vehicle market by granting distribution rights to Haval Motors South Africa (Pty) Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Great Wall Motor Company Ltd, China.

This strategic decision is confirmation of the importance attached to the long-term future of the GWM brand in the region, and is a very positive factor in ensuring the sustainability of the GWM brand. The previous distributor of Great Wall Motors SA (Pty) Ltd. commenced distribution of GWM vehicles in 2007 and has successfully established a strong national dealer network of over 60 dealerships and sold over 50,000 vehicles into the south African market over that period.

It is the intention of the new distributor to continue to maintain and grow GWM’S position as the most successful Chinese brand in Southern Africa. “The South African market plays an important part in our International Expansion Strategy, and going forward we will continue to distribute vehicles, offer parts and service support as well as administer warranties through the already established dealer network,” says Charles Zhao, Managing Director of Haval Motors SA.

In support of its global strategy, the parent company GWM China will introduce their highly successful HAVAL brand into South Africa in the near future through Haval Motors South Africa (Pty) Ltd. HAVAL is a professional range of SUV’s that will be very well suited to the South African motoring publics needs, and will offer a fantastic alternative to the established brands in the SUV segment.

It is interesting to note that in 2015 GWM China sold 85 thousand vehicles globally, thus retaining its position as the No.1 selling pick-up for 18 consecutive years and SUV for 13 consecutive years in China, competing against all other brands.

The success of sales fully reflect GWM’s persistence on R & D and in supporting of enhance product quality, win the trust of customers, the company insists on excessive investment in Research and Development and reached nearly 1.5 billion USD in 2015. GWM has persistently been going global, cemented international technical cooperation, made good preparation for the construction of overseas R & D centres, signed strategic agreements with numerous world-renowned companies , and carried out cooperation in relevant fields through its superior resources.

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10
December
2015

GWM Launches Updated M4 Compact SUV

Following global sales success with the model in more than 11 countries, GWM recently launched an updated GWM M4 1,5-litre compact SUV in the South African market. The M4 has been available in South Africa since 2014, and has proven to be very popular amongst young at heart customers who reside in the city, but also enjoy weekends away.

Says Hans Greyling, GWM Sales: “Our customer base knows what they want from a car. The tighter economy has also forced customers to do their homework, shop around and get the most possible value for their hard-earned cash. The GWM M4 provides exactly that – a good-looking drive that ticks the affordability, style and safety boxes, and opens up a more adventurous lifestyle.”

Whilst building on the extensive features already offered by the previous edition, the new M4 now also features Daytime Running Lamps (DRL), reverse radar and a car locating function.

Appearance
The updated GWM M4 has a distinctive and dynamic look. A sporty black trim shows that every care has been taken to pay attention to detail, whilst the refined new front grille with Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) demands attention. Robust ground clearance of 185mm, 16-inch alloy wheels, a tail wing and luggage carrier complete the M4’s adventurous stance.

Engine and performance
Powered by a 1,5-litre VVTi petrol engine that’s been designed with fuel efficiency in mind, the two-wheel drive GWM M4 has a slick five-speed manual transmission. It delivers 71,3 kW at 6 000 rpm and 138 Nm of torque to the front wheels. Power steering ensures smooth handling, and the adjustable steering column provides optimal driver comfort.

Safety
Apart from ABS with EBD, the GWM M4’s safety features include dual airbags, a seatbelt unfastening warning system, child seat anchorages and child door locks. A rear window defogger, height adjustable headlamps, and front and rear fog lamps ensure improved visibility. The M4 also features an immobiliser, remote central locking and a car locating function.

Comfort and interior features
A trip computer and steering wheel with audio controls, Bluetooth and Cruise control put all the M4’s vital statistics at the driver’s fingertips. Cup holders, a cargo curtain and separated foldable rear seats with a 60:40 split make for easy organisation and extra luggage space inside the vehicle. There are also electric windows with push-down function at the driver’s seat, automatic air-con and a CD player.

The GWM M4 is available from selected GWM dealers across South Africa from R189 900 and comes with a 5-year/100 000km warranty as well as 2-year AA Roadside Assistance. A 5-year/60 000km service plan is optional. Visit www.gwm.co.za for more information or contact us on (011) 805 6621.

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10
December
2015

GWM Launches Updated M4 Compact SUV (Copy)

Following global sales success with the model in more than 11 countries, GWM recently launched an updated GWM M4 1,5-litre compact SUV in the South African market. The M4 has been available in South Africa since 2014, and has proven to be very popular amongst young at heart customers who reside in the city, but also enjoy weekends away.

Says Hans Greyling, GWM Sales: “Our customer base knows what they want from a car. The tighter economy has also forced customers to do their homework, shop around and get the most possible value for their hard-earned cash. The GWM M4 provides exactly that – a good-looking drive that ticks the affordability, style and safety boxes, and opens up a more adventurous lifestyle.”

Whilst building on the extensive features already offered by the previous edition, the new M4 now also features Daytime Running Lamps (DRL), reverse radar and a car locating function.

Appearance
The updated GWM M4 has a distinctive and dynamic look. A sporty black trim shows that every care has been taken to pay attention to detail, whilst the refined new front grille with Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) demands attention. Robust ground clearance of 185mm, 16-inch alloy wheels, a tail wing and luggage carrier complete the M4’s adventurous stance.

Engine and performance
Powered by a 1,5-litre VVTi petrol engine that’s been designed with fuel efficiency in mind, the two-wheel drive GWM M4 has a slick five-speed manual transmission. It delivers 71,3 kW at 6 000 rpm and 138 Nm of torque to the front wheels. Power steering ensures smooth handling, and the adjustable steering column provides optimal driver comfort.

Safety
Apart from ABS with EBD, the GWM M4’s safety features include dual airbags, a seatbelt unfastening warning system, child seat anchorages and child door locks. A rear window defogger, height adjustable headlamps, and front and rear fog lamps ensure improved visibility. The M4 also features an immobiliser, remote central locking and a car locating function.

Comfort and interior features
A trip computer and steering wheel with audio controls, Bluetooth and Cruise control put all the M4’s vital statistics at the driver’s fingertips. Cup holders, a cargo curtain and separated foldable rear seats with a 60:40 split make for easy organisation and extra luggage space inside the vehicle. There are also electric windows with push-down function at the driver’s seat, automatic air-con and a CD player.

The GWM M4 is available from selected GWM dealers across South Africa from R189 900 and comes with a 5-year/100 000km warranty as well as 2-year AA Roadside Assistance. A 5-year/60 000km service plan is optional. Visit www.gwm.co.za for more information or contact us on (011) 805 6621.

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01
October
2015

GWM introduces Steed 5 2.2 MPI Single and Double Cab Safety Version

Vehicle safety is a top priority for auto manufacturers, and GWM is no exception. As such, GWM South Africa is launching a firm favourite with the public and top seller, the Steed 5 2.2 MPI 4x2, with added standard safety features.

GWM’s best-selling bakkie, which has been around since the manufacturer opened its doors in South Africa in 2007, will soon be available in a Safety Version single and double cab, offering dual airbags and ABS with EBD in addition to its other standard features.

Available from October 2015, the GWM Steed 5 2.2 MPI SC and DC 4x2 Safety Version bakkies also offer power steering, air-conditioning, alloy wheels, fog lamps, adjustable seat belts, radio with USB support, immobiliser, central locking, lights-on warning, heated rear windows and cup holders in the front, and are powered by GWM’s proven 2,2-litre petrol engine. Apart from these features, the GWM Steed 5 2.2 MPI Double Cab Safety Version boasts electric windows and leather seats.

For extra assurance, a 3-year/100 000 km warranty is included in the sales price of R177 900 for the Single Cab, and R204 900 including a 5year/100 000 km warranty for the Double Cab Safety Version models. 2-year AA Roadside Assistance comes standard.

Whether customers choose the standard or Safety Version, the Steed 5 2.2 MPI SC or DC remains excellent value for money in its price segment with low running costs. With the launch of the Safety Version models, GWM hopes to continue playing its part in road safety by offering the South African public quality vehicles that conform to the highest safety standards.

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08
September
2015

GWM debuts on BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Chinese Brands list

Well-known marketing research agency Millward Brown recently released the BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Chinese Brands list, on which GWM made its debut in 61st position.

Worth $464.2 billion in total, the 100 Chinese brands on the list have shown substantial growth in recent years. Tencent, Alibaba and China Mobile occupied the top three positions on the list, whilst eight brands including GWM, Alibaba and TCL appeared on the list for the first time.

Millward Brown rightly noted that there is a vast difference in the way foreign and Chinese consumers perceive Chinese brands. However, it pointed out that Chinese brands offer three key advantages: high cost performance, internationalisation and innovation.

In 2015 alone, Great Wall Motors has had a presence on the Brand Finance Auto 100, 2015 Forbes Global 2000 and Fortune Global 500 lists. By appearing on the BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Chinese Brands list, it has once again proven that the brand continues to make waves globally.

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