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The Great Wall Arrives


Great Wall Motors Launch

China's Great Wall is now in the Philippines. Great Wall Motors that is, China's first publicly listed (in the Hong Kong stock exchange) automobile company.

As a brief introduction, GWM has long since been producing trucks in China since 1976. It acquired a state license to produce automobiles in 2008 and is now one of China's leading producers of trucks and the country's number 1 exporter of vehicles.

Great Wall through its distributor, Statemotors Corp., operates two dealerships in the country: one in Alabang and one along North EDSA (pictured). Inside, you'll find their line-up of five vehicles ranging from compact hatches to SUV's.

Leading the charge in their vehicle line-up is the Hover, China's "best locally produced SUV", available in 4x4 and 4x2 and powered by common rail turbo diesel. The vehicle's engine produces emissions compliant to Euro 3 standards and was given 4 out of 5 stars in Australian NCAP crash tests.

Often stealing the limelight is Great Wall's other offering, the boxy Coolbear city car. It's powered by a 1.5 liter VVT gasoline engine with either a CVT automatic or manual, both with ABS and EBD, dual airbags and compliant to Euro 4 emission standards. The Coolbear has also been subjected to crash tests, garnering 4 out of 5 stars.

Having exported to some 120 countries, GWM is eager to penetrate the local market with the very attractive prices of their vehicles and generous 5 years or 100,000 km warranties on all their vehicles. GW also proudly boasts of Bosch components (such as common rail turbo diesel engines and ABS+EBD systems) in their cars.

GWM may be a bit late to the scene, but the pricing, specification, emission and safety standards seem to show they've done their homework.
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