2018 may have been a trying time for the motoring industry, but that hasn't stopped GAC Motors from making their debut in the Philippines. Under Legado Motors, GAC aims to bring luxury cars to the masses with the launch of five cars. The local GAC lineup consists of two sedans, two SUVs, and one van.
The range starts with the GA4, and it's a Toyota Corolla Altis fighter for the price of a Vios. The entry-level model is the GA4 1.5 M/T. As the variant's name suggests, it has a 1.5-liter engine making 113 PS and 150 Nm of torque. It is then mated to a five-speed manual transmission. It packs a host of safety equipment too with stability control standard.
Moving up the range is the GA4 1.3 A/T. While the engine may be smaller, it is aided by a turbocharger and, as a result, the six-speed automatic GA4 makes 136 PS and 202 Nm of torque. It gets a sunroof as standard, as well as automatic climate control, and power seats for the driver.
For those interested in a bigger sedan, there's the GA8, and that too has two variants available. These are the GE and the GL. Both are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter mill with 197 PS and 300 Nm of torque. At over five meters long, the GA8 is longer than usual mid-size sedans such as the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. The top-spec GL model also comes with a 360-degree camera, along with a triple-zone climate control system, and a host of airbags.
On to the SUVs and it starts with the GS4 crossover. Aimed at the C-segment crossover class, it wades into the arena with a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine making 151 PS and 235 Nm of torque. It is front-wheel drive only but is supplemented by having stability control as standard. Like the GA4 and GA8, it is equipped with a sunroof, as well as a power-adjustable seat for the driver.
As for their largest SUV, there's the GS8. GAC dubs it as their flagship SUV and it too is powered by the same turbocharged 2.0-liter mill in the GA8 sedan. It offers seating for seven and is available with either two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. It also gets some of the kit from the GA8 sedan such as large touchscreen, triple-zone climate control and power seats.
Last but not least is the GM8, the company's luxury van. It offers room for seven with captain seats for the middle row. It comes with Ottoman chairs with leg rests which also packs a built-in massage function. Both sliding doors are automatic, and so is the tailgate. It is also the third GAC vehicle to have the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, sharing the same motor as the GS8 and GA8.
Legado Motors is spearheaded by Ilocos Sur politician and businessman Luis 'Chavit' Singson, who presides as the company's Chairman and president.
The Chinese brand's arrival was done in grand fashion with the President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Roa Duterte, personally welcoming the brand to the country.
"It is indeed an honor to welcome GAC Motor to the Philippines. On behalf of the Filipino people, I’d like to thank you for your confidence in investing and expanding your business here in this country," said Duterte.
Prices for the GAC Motor's local range is as follows:
GA4 1.5 M/T – Php 788,000
GA4 1.3T A/T – Php 988,000
GA8 GE – Php 1,988,000
GA8 GL – Php 2,288,000
GS4 1.5T – Php 1,188,000
GS8 4x2 GE – Php 1,880,000
GS8 4x4 GL – Php 2,388,000
GM8 2.0T – Php 2,880,000