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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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08
October
2014

GWM Further Strengthens Design Team

Haval Coupe

Following the appointment of former BMW M-division design chief Pierre Leclercq as its design director last year, GWM has recently further strengthened the design team by also appointing Ramon Ginah, previously Alfa Romeo's chief interior designer.

Ginah was responsible for the interiors of such recent Alfa Romeo models as the Giulietta and 4C, and also the upcoming Duetto and Giulia models. Ginah reports directly to Leclercq and will be based at the company's Shanghai and Baoding design studios.

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06
October
2014

GWM Boosts Value Offering With New Entry Level H5 SUV

The New GWM H5 City

GWM South Africa's value-for-money drive gathers further momentum with the addition of a new entry level variant of the brand's popular H5 SUV. Dubbed the H5 City and priced at an extremely aggressive R244 900, this new H5 offers a full-size SUV experience at compact-crossover pricing.

"Customers looking for a spacious, family sized SUV have increasingly been forced to compromise due to the rise of new vehicle prices during 2014," says Warren Olsen, COO of GWM South Africa. "Compact crossovers may answer the needs of some of these buyers, but we believe there is good potential for a more spacious, well-equipped offering in the same price range. The H5 City is based on proven underpinnings, boasts a more extensive standard features list than you may expect and, due to its size and interior packaging, offers unbeatable practicality at its price," Olsen explains. "The H5 City is South Africa's most affordable full-size SUV."

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10
September
2014

GWM Finance - Financial ShockAbsorber

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04
September
2014

Kokkedoor's Elsa Loves Her GWM C20R

Kokkedoor's Elsa Loves Her GWM C20R

Celebrity status is still something that feels alien to Elsa Buys from Clarens in the Free State, but after emerging as a winner during the second season of the hit KykNET reality cooking show, Kokkedoor, she has become a household name.

Besides the fame and other major prizes, Elsa also received a brand new C20R as a result of GWM's sponsorship of the award-winning series. While most viewers expected that Elsa would end up driving a flashy red C20R, as displayed on set, she instead requested a white version, and has now already spent more than 6 000 km driving it, including a long trip to view the spring flowers that took her and husband Schalk from Clarens to Hermanus and back.

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02
September
2014

Haval unveils new lineup, prepares to defend China Grand Rally

Haval unveils new lineup, prepares to defend China Grand Rally

GWM's Haval Off-Road racing team is gearing up to defend its 2013 victory in the arduous China Grand Rally (CGR). Nicknamed the "Oriental Dakar", the CGR spans four Chinese deserts and a distance of 7 000 km.

This year, the CGR will start at the foot of the Badaling Great Wall in Beijing, cross Beijing, Hebei, Inner Mongolia, Shaanxi and Gansu, and eventually reach Dunhuang, Gansu, with a total distance of nearly 7 000 kilometers and 12 stages, including special stages covering more than 2 000 kilometers. The event will also cross the Kubuqi, Badain Jaran and Tengri deserts.

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02
September
2014

GWM - Forging A New Automotive Giant

GWM - Forging A New Automotive Giant

GWM South Africa's recently launched TV campaign* tells the story of a brand that has embarked on a very human journey. Using sport as a central theme, the blood, sweat and tears that it takes an athlete to reach the top, is shown to also apply to the business world. GWM, in China, South Africa and elsewhere, is currently putting in place all the building blocks that will ensure it a prominent place in the global automotive market. After all, hard work - the blood, sweat and tears - always pays off...

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