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China’s bestselling SUV to enter SA market

The Haval H2.

The Haval H2.

Great Wall Motors is entering its tenth year in the South African market, however the brand is undergoing some change. Now under the sub-brand Haval Motors South Africa, the company will soon be reintroducing its H5 and H6 SUVs as well as its new Steed bakkies.

The company said its premium Haval products will be rolled at the end of this month, starting with the Haval H2.

Some of the H2’s features include good safety levels and a 1.5-litre turbopetrol motor making 105kW and 202Nm of torque. It also has a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox, man-made leather upholstery, a high-resolution touch-screen infotainment system and has a five star C-NCAP rating.

Haval has a massive presence in its home country China, and achieved more than one million sales last year. This ranked the brand as having the bestselling SUV in the country.

The company said its bakkie will come in at a competitive price, which will be announced at the launch. The smaller H1 crossover will also be debuted at the launch.

Both the Haval and GWM brands have a standard, five-year/100,000km warranty on the Steed 5 D/C, Steed 6 D/C, H5 and H6 products, as well as on all Haval vehicles which also come with standard five year road assistance.

Charles Zhao, managing director of Haval Motors SA, said the South African market plays an important part in the company’s international expansion strategy and added that going forward, the company will offer parts and service support and administer warranties through its dealer network.

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