Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

{Great Wall Enters Australia} {Car Power Base Shift}; Leading Chinese Manufacturer Makes Debut Here with Two Twin-Cab Utilities

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

{Great Wall Enters Australia} {Car Power Base Shift}; Leading Chinese Manufacturer Makes Debut Here with Two Twin-Cab Utilities

Article excerpt

A NEW motoring player has entered the game, and it's name leaves little doubt about its origins.

Great Wall Motors is the first Chinese car manufacturer to debut in the Australian and New Zealand market.

Two twin-cab utilities, the V240 in both 4x2 and 4x4 configurations and the SA220 in 4x2 only, are the first Great Wall models to be released into the Australasian showrooms.

The V240 4x2 will sell for $23,990 on road with the 4x4 option costing $3000 extra, while the SA220 will sell for $19,990 on road.

Both vehicles offer impressive equipment levels, including electric windows, alloy wheels, leather trimmed seats, air conditioning and a genuine opportunity to enter the new car market at the equivalent of a second-hand price.

Great Wall vehicles will be sold and supported initially in Australia by a nationwide network of more than 45 dealers and have a three year/100,000km warranty.

Ateco Automotive, the Sydney and Auckland-based importer, has been negotiating to bring Great Wall to Australia for more than three years.

According to Ateco managing director Ric Hull, "Great Wall is one of China's leading car makers and it has been consistently at the top of its domestic car market with its ute and SUV models".

"This year, China will make and sell more vehicles than any other country in the world," he said.

"Every mainstream car and component manufacturer is represented there.

"Access to technology is virtually unlimited. China's car industry has come a long way in a very short time.

"World-class production facilities are becoming commonplace in China and there is no doubt that Great Wall has set a production benchmark." Analysts are predicting that the Chinese automotive market will this year exceed 10 million vehicle sales, replacing the USA as the largest market in the world. …

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