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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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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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