News

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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04
August
2015

Great Wall Motors issues additional shares to fund new energy vehicles

On 10 July, Great Wall Motors issued a private placement plan to raise R34 billion for the research and development, testing and production of new energy vehicles and parts. The plan will see GWM issue 387.0076 million A-shares at R88.19 per share in order to obtain the funds.

New energy vehicles are the future of the automobile. Thanks to a greater emphasis on energy conservation and environmental protection, and increased national policy support, the development of China’s new energy vehicles has been fast tracked.

Based on existing best-selling models, GWM will develop and build a serial vehicle platform, expand its operations into the new energy vehicle business, and produce core parts such as intelligent transmissions, new energy vehicle motors, motor controllers and battery systems.

The manufacturer will also focus its new energy vehicle R & D on the development of state-of-the-art features like IOV, Active Infrared Night Viewing, Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Parking, Intelligent Identification and Intelligent Entertainment.

Exciting times await GWM customers as the brand moves into the future with new energy vehicle development.

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04
August
2015

GWM records healthy sales during June

Great Wall Motors released its production and sales figures for June 2015 on the 6th of July. In total, the company sold 50 828 units in June, which included 42 510 SUVs, 2 129 cars and 6 189 pick-ups.

During the first half of 2015, GWM sales figures reached 415 000 units meaning a 19.56% year-on-year growth. SUVs accounted for most of these sales, with the automaker selling 334 900 SUVs (marking an increase of 48.7 %), 27 800 cars and 52 700 bakkies or pick-ups from January to June.

Figures like these illustrate that GWM continues to deliver on its promise to bring quality, affordable vehicles to customers all around the globe.

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27
July
2015

Great Wall Motors records 26.45% year-on-year profit increase

Great Wall Motors recently released its figures for the first quarter of 2015. The international automaker achieved a net profit of R4.96 billion, operating revenues of R37.8 billion and a total profit of R6.1 billion – up 26.45%, 31.16% and 27.23% respectively compared to 2014 figures over the same period.

According to its business report, GWM’s operating revenues soared thanks to the growth of its total sales volumes as well as SUV sales percentage in the first quarter. A total of 220 853 GWM vehicles were sold from January to March (17.62% more than during the previous year), of which 175 509 were SUVs (up 53.95% year-on-year), accounting for 79.47% of the total sales. Apart from the Haval H6 which continued to dominate in the Chinese SUV market, the newly launched Haval H2, Haval H9 and Haval H1 also performed well with sales on a steady increase.

With GWM venturing into medium and high-end models, such as the Haval H6 Coupe and the Haval H8 which were unveiled at Auto Shanghai in April, the manufacturer will continue to expand its product profile and further cement its position in the SUV market.

If this solid financial performance during Quarter 1 is anything to go by, 2015 promises to be a truly successful year for GWM.

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15
May
2015

GWM set to make its mark at the Royal Show

GWM set to make its mark at the Royal Show

GWM South Africa will be out in full force at the Royal Agricultural Show in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal from 29 May to 9 June 2015. Cited as the largest mixed exhibition with a fully-fledged agricultural component in Africa, the Royal Show attracts some 180 000 visitors each year.

The show, which was officially opened by the Prince of Wales in 1925, offers something of interest to all age groups – from fine livestock and state-of-the-art farming equipment, to a range of ancillary activities and displays that represent the industrial, commercial and service sectors within the province.

Customers from an agricultural background continue to be of significant importance to the GWM brand in South Africa. As such, a show of this nature provides the ideal platform for GWM to engage with farmers and the broader public alike in a relaxed yet well-organised setting (KZN is home to the broadest demographic representation in South Africa and the Royal Show therefore provides a unique opportunity to engage the market).

During the 2015 show, GWM will be showcasing its new bakkie range featuring the 2.2 Single Cab Workhorse, WGT Double Cab 4x2 Diesel, Steed 5E Double Cab 4x2, Steed 6 Double Cab 4x2, as well as the H5 2.4 Lux SUV and H6 Diesel SUV.

GWM will be represented by its local dealerships, and sales staff will be on hand throughout the show to meet and greet the public, as well as introduce them to GWM’s great value for money bakkie and SUV offering.

The GWM team looks forward to attending this annual highlight on the agricultural calendar, and using the opportunity to share its “great cars, great value” proposition with the South African public.

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28
April
2015

GWM makes the Brand Finance Auto 100 list once again

Not only did GWM secure another spot on Brand Finance Plc’s 2015 list of the world’s most valuable automotive brands, it also moved up the ranks with an improved brand rating.

Brand Finance is a renowned independent British brand management and valuation consultancy, considered one of the Top 5 globally.

The list is compiled each year according to automotive brands’ value and content, and features commercial vehicle, motorcycle and parts brands. GWM moved up seven places from 2014 to 33rd position, boasting a 15% increase in brand value and a new AA brand rating – the highest rating of the 19 Chinese brands listed.

In recent years, the world has taken notice of GWM’s increasing brand value, which is currently estimated at U$2.7 billion. During 2014 alone, it was included on lists such as the "Forbes Asia Fabulous 50", "Fortune China 500", "Brand Finance Auto 100", and "Interbrand Most Valuable Chinese Brands” to name a few.

These accolades reaffirm GWM’s growing popularity as a global brand, and the brand looks forward to earning more such mentions in future.

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15
January
2015

GWM C30 Scoops JD Power Quality Award

GWM C30 - Scoops The JD Power Quality Award

The highly respected JD Power Asia Pacific Initial Quality Study (IQS) was released late last year, with GWM's compact C30 sedan being voted tops by its owners in the Mid-Size Entry category.

Announcing the results in Beijing, JD Power Asia Pacific's President, Dr Mei Songlin highlighted the fact that China's Independent manufacturers continued to rapidly improve quality levels, as evidenced by the C30's segment victory as well as two more category wins by other Chinese car makers (Changan - Mini Van, and BAW - Compact Car). See table below for all the winners

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01
January
2015

GWM - Part Of The Family

GWM owners rate their vehicles as part of the family. This much is clear following viewing of the entries of our recent "Holiday snaps" competition, in which entrants could win a high-quality 1:18 scale-model GWM H6. Have a look at the following gallery, as well as the owners' comments on their vehicles, and see for yourself!

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17
December
2014

GWM Steed 6 Is Bakkie & Truck Magazine Bakkie Of The Year

Bakkie & Truck best bakkie of the year, 2015

THE GWM Steed 6 has barely been introduced and already it is being showered with praise. The new flagship, leisure-oriented double-cab has just been announced as "Bakkie of the Year, 2015" by local publication Bakkie & Truck, in the magazine's February 2015 issue.

The annual award, which has been running for more than a decade, saw the Steed 6 2,0VGT Xscape compete against a strong line-up of six competitors, including entrants from Ford, Toyota, JMC, Nissan and Foton. "The best-specced bakkie we have driven comes at a price that will have its traditional rivals' eyes watering," the magazine's editorial panel concluded when awarding the prized title to the Steed 6.

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02
December
2014

Win A GWM H6 Scale Model!

GWM H6 Scale Model

We have twenty of these high-quality 1:18 scale GWM H6 model cars to give away, each valued at more than R500. Featuring working suspension and steering and beautifully detailed interiors with carpeting, these H6 models make for great gifts for the serious collector, or the young petrolhead. To stand a chance of winning one of these models, just send us a snap of your GWM on holiday with the family, as well as a sentence or two on where the photo was taken and why you love your GWM.

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24
November
2014

GWM Launches Intensified Attack On South African Bakkie Market

GWM Steed 6

Through its high-value bakkie offerings GWM has already established itself as a significant player in the South African single- and double-cab pick-up segments. Now, with the introduction of a restructured Steed line-up that is even more in tune with South African requirements, the company is bullish about its growth prospects in what are two of South Africa's largest-volume market segments.

"The realigned Steed line-up is the result of close cooperation between GWM South Africa and Great Wall Motors in China," says Hannes Oosthuizen, Brand Manager of GWM SA. "South Africa loves bakkies, and GWM is already well-established in that regard, but with this new line-up, we will offer a model range that not only stretches wider than most, but one which is made up of variants that have been carefully specified and positioned to comply with South African consumer trends and requirements," he explains. "From the fitment of a rear differential lock as standard on some models, to the development of a new, more affordable turbodiesel engine for the local market, the revised line-up shows that GWM South Africa listens to its customers."

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14
November
2014

GWM's Price-Busting H6 City Arrives In South Africa

The New GWM H6 City

The year is ending on a high note for GWM South Africa - the company recently introduced the most affordable full-size SUV on sale in the country (H5 City), will soon launch a completely restructured Steed line-up and is now also adding the high-value H6 City to its South African model range.

"The H6 City is the ultimate expression of our commitment to offering unbeatable value," says Brand Manager Hannes Oosthuizen. "It is a completely modern, spacious and luxurious SUV that, at the price of R259 900, can't be rivalled for value."

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30
October
2014

Kokkedoor's Nic van Wyk Sold On GWM

Kokkedoor's Nic van Wyk Sold On GWM

GWM's high-profile sponsorship of the second season of the smash-hit Afrikaans reality cooking show, Kokkedoor, also entailed supplying co-host and judge, Nic van Wyk, with an H5 2,0 VGT to drive for a year. With the sponsorship having run its course, Nic was faced with a dilemma - he had to buy a car!

His year with the H5 was, however, enough to convince him that a GWM was the way to go. As a "double-cab man", his final choice was a Steed 5 2,4 4x2. "You just can't beat the value," he explains. "I've driven many bakkies in my life and considering the Steed's capability, features and price," there's simply nothing out there that comes close. I also had great service from the GWM Helderberg branch during my year with the H5."

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14
October
2014

GWM Steed 5 Shines In Kinsey Report

Steed 5 Double Cab

GWM's popular Steed 5 Double-Cab has once again achieved a solid second place in its category in the annual Kinsey Report, which analyses the parts prices of South Africa's best-selling vehicles. In this year's report Malcolm Kinsey has investigated the service, repair and crash parts of 72 popular vehicles sold in South Africa, including GWM's Steed 5.

Competing in the Double-Cab segment along with seven other vehicles, the Steed 5 had the second most-affordable parts basket. One example of the Steed 5's parts affordability that was highlighted was the cost of a replacement driver's door window glass, which in the GWM's case costs only R326, while the same item for a popular Japanese contender demands a heady R2 170!

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