Review Category : Great Wall Motors

Great Wall’s H8 Delayed Three Months Owing to Technical Issues

After launching their new flagship H8 SUV with much fanfare last week, Great Wall have had to announce that the new product will be delayed by three months owing to eight key issues with the new SUV. The three month delay will come as an embarrasment to the Baoding based company that explained via an announcement to the Hong Kong stock exchange, subsequently…

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Great Wall Sells 750,000 Vehicles in 2013, Sales Up But Growth Rate Slowing

Great Wall sold an impressive 754,000 vehicles over the course of 2013, an increase of 21% over 2012. SUV sales accounted for 417,400 units, an increase of 48.47%, sedan sales reached 210,000 units showing a minor increase of 2% whilst pick up sales dropped by 8% to 210,000 units.

For 2014 Great Wall are aiming to boost sales to 880,000 units, a…

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Great Wall’s Haval H2 Brings In The Low End Of the Haval Range

The Haval range is expanding at a rapid rate at both ends of the price scale, the range topping Haval H8 has only just launched with a price tag that touches 236,800RMB, and a Haval H9 is expected to hit the market at a starting point of 250,000RMB – serious money for a Chinese car. At the other end of the spectrum this mini Haval H2 is thought to be…

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From Hilux to Highlife – The Great Wall Story Part One

Great Wall, BYD and Geely are all recognized as leaders in the Chinese automotive market, all have developed on different trajectories with a differing product mix which has given them different histories.

Great Wall are a relatively new company when compared to international brands, with just 30 years of history under its belt it could be considered…

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Great Wall H8: A Price Gap Too Far For A Chinese Brand?

Great Wall proudly launched their all new Great Wall H8 earlier today at the Guangzhou Auto Show with a price tag of 201,800RMB to 236,800RMB with a spread of four models powered by a 2.0T engine with both front pullers and All Wheel Drive being made available.

The 2.0T is Great Wall’s own design and is no shrinking violet as we’ve seen from other…

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Great Wall’s Haval H9 Spotted Out – Potential Land Crusier Material?

The Haval range of vehicles from Great Wall has been exploding in fame, they first found fame with the body on frame based Great Wall Hover which morphed into the Haval H3 when the Hover range expanded considerably thanks to strong sales, but Great Wall went to passenger car platforms for its smaller city SUV’s leaving them without a full size Body…

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Haval H2 Shows Face Before November Launch

The Haval range is gaining prominence, the Great Wall derived brand is now gaining new members to its line up at a rapid rate whilst the Great Wall fleet is now made up of sedans and hatchbacks. Great Wall is the new Jeep, so to speak.

The new H2, spotted here in front of the white factory doors at Great Wall’s Baoding plant (seriously, all the Great…

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Chinese Car Sales Blow Before They Bloom

The Australian market was originally one of the first ‘Western’ markets for the Chinese to enter, it served as an easy port of entry with a willing populace who were initially eager for low cost trucks and SUV’s. Great Wall were one of the early pioneers with Chery joining them soon afterwards but it seems the Australian pallet has changed, at least…

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Great Wall Nixes Sedan Expansion, To Focus on SUV and Truck Range

According to Chinese media reports Great Wall are refocusing their passenger vehicle line up to further focus on SUV and its Haval brand with a new plan being created for the company’s fledgling sedan range.

In a recent interview session, Great Wall’s Chairman Wei Jian Jun was quoted as saying that Great Wall are focusing on developing high…

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Great Wall to Launch European Wingle 5 Truck Soon

Great Wall are upping their Euro exports slowly but surely with their truck and SUV models that are gaining traction with international clients, GWM aired their Euro spec truck at the Shanghai Auto Show last month where it was well received from Chinese and foreign media alike. The new truck will be available in international and Chinese markets with…

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Great Wall Wingle Six Gives a Handsome Face to an Old Rocker

Great Wall’s series of trucks have won them fans from Australia to the UK and everywhere in between, it seems there is still a strong demand for low cost trucks that can take a hammering. Toyota used to dominate this segment but Toyota went up market and Great Wall found the perfect niche for the ‘disposable truck’. The Wingle name might sound a little…

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Rendered speculation: new Haval H7/H9?

Renderings of a new SUV with the Haval logo surfaced as the Shanghai Auto Show looms large. For the unacquainted, Haval was created to become an SUV-only independent brand from Great Wall, part of the company’s recent shift in brand strategy.

What exactly this SUV is remains unknown, but it is speculated to be the a midsize SUV whose internal codename…

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Great Wall Announces 340 Million USD Investment in Thailand

Thailand is one of the world’s largest pick up truck markets outside of North America and is clearly too big for a relatively local company like Great Wall to ignore, the Baoding based company announced its plans for investment of up to 340 million USD in Thailand at the Bangkok Auto Show earlier today.

Great Wall’s plans for Thailand involve the…

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Great Wall Splits Off Haval To Be Independent Brand

Last year we approached on Great Wall’s plans to take the Haval range off into its own brand and possibly in its own network of dealerships. Why Great Wall wishes to do this is still a mystery, Chery previously set up its own sub brands which completely bombed and are in the process of bringing them back into the Chery brand.

Will Haval be a success?…

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Great Wall’s Haval E concept shows its scissor doors

Great Wall showed in Beijing a electric-gasoline hybrid concept, the Haval E. Sporting a panoramic roof and scissor doors, it stood out in Great Wall’s stand.

The Haval E uses unibody construction and will replace glass with polycarbonate resin, which is 40 to 60% lighter than glass. Its dimensions are 4390 × 1855 × 1600mm (L × W ×…

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“First” Chinese Auto Plant in Europe to Open in February

Great Wall’s Bulgarian factory is ready to open its doors according to this AFP press report, however it seems that AFP have forgotten that SAIC already have a factory…

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Great Wall’s IF concept in rendered form ahead of production

Great Wall Motors (GWM) are a company that are heading places, their small car line up is on the verge of overtaking their traditional SUV line up as the main sales force for the company and their export sales are on fire, is there anything that could potentially slow the company down? We don’t seem to see anything on the horizon that could do so. Their…

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Great Wall’s Tianjin Factory opens its doors, GWM H6 rolls down the lines

The Hover H6 was the first car to roll down Great Wall Motors brand new factory in Tianjin today, the new factory will be expanded in three phases with the final phase giving GWM a max production capacity of 800,000 cars at the plant. Phase 1 will see production at 250,000 units per year, phase 2 will add another 300,000 and the 3rd phase will see capacity…

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Greatwalls SC6 SUV

The SC6 SUV was first unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show in April last year in concept form, however this particular model is practically heading down the production lines at Great Wall’s Bao Ding plant after our most recent visit to their factory. The SC6 has been sent to the Chinese patent office ahead of official production runs later this year which…

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GWM releases final Hover H6 pictures

The Hover H6 is the first new Hover from Great Wall that is not based around a facelift of the original Hover H3, the H6 is going to be a city-fied car that has a greater focus on its handling rather than its offroad ability when it finally makes it to the roads. Chinese consumers got their first look at the H6 when it was launched at the Shanghai Auto…

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Greatwall signs deal with major French car parts maker, to expand original partnership

China’s Great Wall Motors has signed a strategic deal with the French auto parts giant Valeo to develop a range of parts including alternators, clutch systems, power assisted steering and will also work together to develop a range of new technologies.

The two companies started working together in 2005 on a basic project to assign windshield…

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Great Wall’s recalled in Australia

Greatwall Motors are recalling the X240 SUV (aka, the Hover) in the Australian market due to an issue with the steering column rubbing on a hydraulic cable, causing it to split over time. Great Wall Motors are working with Australia’s Competition and Consumer Commission to recall 922 2010 models of the SUV.

The models affected can be repaired…

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Greatwall Wingle CL – Full size truckin’ from China

North American’s love their trucks, us Euro’s (and Asians) that actually want a full size truck cannot get anything from the states in our fair lands via the regular market, but thankfully enterprising souls here in China are already offering Ford F150 Raptors, Tacoma’s, Avalanches and various Dodges’ via the gray market import channel, but prices are…

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Great Wall’s IF concept car for Shanghai Auto Show

Great Wall Motors (GWM) are a great company, they have wide line up of cars from big SUV’s to little sedans and they are certainly on CCT’s list of Chinese car companies that are going to make it internationally. GWM’s big concept for the forth coming Shanghai Auto Show is the below Great Wall IF Concept.

As soon as you see it, you see a mash up…

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Greatwalls Hover M3 spotted out

Greatwall Motors are prepping the Hover M3 for production according to recently leaked reports which include spy shots of the car. At the Beijing Auto Show in 2010 we saw a similar model although it was likely to be at the pre-production model whilst the below model is certain to be the production model.

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GWM planning to become one of the worlds Top Three SUV makers and take 8% of world market

Greatwall Motors (GWM) is a relative new comer to the small car market, but they did carve out an impressive niche for themselves as an SUV maker within China and also in overseas markets, other Chinese car makers have tried to follow in their footsteps but have not had as much luck as GWM have had. GWM’s aim to become one of the worlds top SUV…

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Greatwall’s new crossover SUV sighted

So far Greatwall’s SUV range have all been based on traditional chassis, which makes them great for hauling stuff which needs to be hauled, but it doesn’t give them great fuel economy and also keeps them large in size, the way forward for many other companies is to ditch the traditional body on frame SUV and go towards producing small crossovers. Toyota…

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Hover H5 launched – priced from 92,800rmb and rising

The Greatwall Hover H5, known as the Hover ‘Euro Spec’ model has launched today and is likely to become one of the models that is at the forefront of GWM’s European expansion plan.

For the Chinese market the H5 will come with a choice of three engines, and in three specifications for each. The base model is a…

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Greatwall’s Beijing Auto Show

Greatwall was one of the stronger visitors to this years Beijing Auto Show with them displaying off a multitude of new vehicles, and more importantly their first sedans and new SUV’s. GWM may have started as a SUV maker, but they are quickly branching out into other market areas, such as sedans, which are potentially big growth areas for then.

The…

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Greatwall to make more SUV’s – to focus on mini city SUV’s this time

The Chinese appetite for all things SUV like shows no signs of immediately abating like it has in various Western markets, Greatwall understands this and is currently working on a series of compact SUV’s that break it away from the traditional chassis based monsters that it has been working on until now. The new platform based SUVs will likely be announced…

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Greatwall Hover H5 ready to wow Beijing, and Europe.

Greatwall have split their popular Hover model off into a brand of its own, which they are planning to exploit to the maximum. The below Hover is one of the models that GWM are planning to push into the European market, and also into the premium self developed SUV market  for the Chinese market.

The…

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Hover M1 under test

Originally the Hover SUV was one of the finest Chinese built SUVs on the market, and its sharp angle still turns CCT heads when ever one goes by, however Greatwall took the Hover name and turned it into its own brand, which is a fantastic idea. Now they will have an entire series of off road vehicles ranging from the miniature Hover M1 (below) to the…

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New Greatwall SUV to spearhead Euro invasion?

GWM are planning to launch the below SUV at the Beijing Auto Show, which they plan to take into Europe. The renderings show that the forthcoming SUV, codenamed CHD021, appears to have taken on a more softer CUV stance than its body on chassis hulk-like brother, the Hover.

The question remains, have SUV’s gone…

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