Great Wall Motors is the first Chinese car manufacturer to debut in the New Zealand and Australian markets after its dealer launch in Sydney earlier this week
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 onto the Australasian market.
The V240 4x2 will sell in New Zealand for $26,990 plus on road costs, with the 4x4 option costing $3000 extra. The SA220 will sell for $21,990 plus on road costs.
Both vehicles offer electric windows, alloy wheels, leather trimmed seats and air conditioning. Great Wall vehicles will be sold and supported initially in New Zealand by a network of six dealers and have a three year/100,000km warranty.
The Australian range will be common to that sold in New Zealand with over 45 dealers there at launch. Ateco Automotive, the Auckland and Sydney-based importer, has been negotiating to bring Great Wall to New Zealand for over three years. According to the Managing Director of Ateco Australia, Mr 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. 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,” he said.