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SHANGHAI, Sept 5 (Reuters) - China's Great Wall Motor Co. Ltd. (2333.HK: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Tuesday its has exported 500 sports utility vehicles (SUV) to Italy, its first batch of shipments to the highly competitive Western European market.

"We hope to sell more there in the future, and hopefully to the U.S. as well," a company executive told Reuters, declining to give detailed targets.

The Hong Kong-listed SUV and pickup maker had picked an Italian trading firm last December as its local partner.

The Hover SUV, which sells for roughly 100,000 yuan ($12,597) in China, was priced at $20,000 in Italy, the executive said.



The company was also looking at other developed markets in Europe such as Spain and Greece, he added.

Great Wall sells to more than 50 countries spanning Africa, the Middle East, South America and Russia.

Exports came to 18,000 units in 2005, accounting for a quarter of its overall sales. The ratio could increase to 35 percent this year and to 50 percent by 2008, a company executive told Reuters earlier. ($1=7.9385 Yuan)

http://today.reuters.com/news/artic..._0_AUTOS-CHINA-GREATWALL.XML&rpc=66&type=qcna
 

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Great Wall Motor (GWM) to move to Europe!

If BMW can drive into China, why can't the Great Wall of China move to Europe? That's exactly why the Chinese motor company displayed its Hover SUV and Wingle pick up at the Paris Motor show. And like its namesake, this one too attracted viewers by the dozens. If the curiosity translates into buying interest Great Wall will be here by 2008.



Supervisor - Intl Division, Great Wall Motor, Jie Zhu said, "The European market is mature and developed. We are at the Motor Show to understand more of the market."



But another Chinese company already has the first mover advantage. Landwind launched in Europe with an SUV but hit a speed breaker when its first vehicle failed to clear a mandatory crash test. The image was dented but the spirit was not.



Landwind's hoping a safer SUV at a 25% discount to competition will jumpstart sales. Add to that Fashion and the sales target is 10,000 units by 2008.

Distributor, Landwind, Peter Bijvelds, 'Our products will offer best quality price ratio.'



But when the price is rock bottom how good could the quality be? That's a big concern in a market known for it's excellent engineering and competitiveness. And a negative perception of China could be a positive for India.



President-Auto Sector, M&M, Pawan Goenka said, 'There's a general perception, don't know if it's true, that Indian brands are better.'



Also Indian brands offer a cheaper, diesel version as well. Nonetheless, Western Europe is a tough nut to crack for both and analysts say Asian carmakers should focus on Eastern Europe where there's more growth.

source: moneycontrol.com
 

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it's stupid...beacuse of landwind fiasko at crash test...many other chinese company now have problems....all of them are in "bad voice"..they are unsafe...bad quality and so...but compare landwind and gwm??? gwm is 10 times bigger than landwind...more suvs,pick up...and so....they are better company than a landwind...bit it's isn't matter...the only thing which will attract the buyers is the price! i think that hover and safe models from gwm are better from landwind...also landwind must have new crash test...and i hope that it will be better than a first time
 

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micodelija, glad to see you here. I've just found this site and decided to join.

Some words on the subject: as far as I know, Russian dealer "Irito" held a crashtest of GW SAFE and its result was rather good. It was a year ago.
 

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yes..gwm safe also passed the crash test,you have the pictures somewhere here...glad to see you here,it's hard for me to talk on russian forum...because translation program don't translate ok,this forum is for all gwm fans thru the world...it's ok...we can share our expiriences with GWM
 

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micodelija said:
yes..gwm safe also passed the crash test,you have the pictures somewhere here...glad to see you here,it's hard for me to talk on russian forum...because translation program don't translate ok,this forum is for all gwm fans thru the world...it's ok...we can share our expiriences with GWM
About crash test: source is greatwall.ru/news.php?id=171 for example, and it tells that Russian dealer "Irito" ask the manufacturer to hold crash test of SUV G5 (i.e. SAFE). Test was at China testing polygon. Test was held according to European Rule num.94 (I dont'n know how it should be in English) - it's as EuroNCAP except speed: 56 km/h instead of 64 km/h.
They didn't tell exact details, only told that SAFE passed this test successfully. And there is a photo.

P. S. Sorry, I'm not allowed to insert a hyperlink, because it's only my second post at this forum :)
 

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phaeton said:
What type of safety testing do the Russian Automotive Industry ? do they copy the EuroNCAP or NHTSA in testing ?
I don't remember demands of safety testing for imported cars. But I certainly know that there is NO NEED of crash test for passenger car made in Russia!
 

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Italian dealer of GWM cars introduced special version of Hover, called Sport with some cosmetic changes on exterior and l interior.

In my oppinon the car looks much better.




 

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Romania: Great Wall signs export agreement with Alexandrion Group

27 March, 2007
Source: Automotive World
SUV specialist Great Wall Motor, based in Baoding in Hebei province, has entered into an export agreement with Romania's Alexandrion Group, XFN-Asia has reported. According to the OEM, Alexandrion has projected annual sales of 10,000 Great Wall cars
 

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China's Great Wall Motor (GWM) signs Romania export deal

BEIJING (XFN-ASIA) - Great Wall Motor Co Ltd, China's largest sport utility vehicle (SUV) maker, said it has signed an export agreement with Romania's Alexandrion Group.

Great Wall said in a statement that Alexandrion projects annual sales of 10,000 Great Wall vehicles by 2010.

Great Wall's 2006 sales totaled 40,062 units, up 41 pct, and accounting for 17.5 pct of China SUV sales.
 

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Italian dealer wants more Great Walls

From Automotive New Europe:

Italian dealer wants more Chinese SUVs

"IFAS Group sells Great Wall vehicles in north-west Italy. In the first six months of this year, IFAS Group sold 25 units of the Great Wall Hover, group CEO Nicola Loccisano said. "But probably we could have done twice as many if we had enough vehicles."

The retailer's success with Great Wall is a bright spot for Chinese automakers, which are off to a slow start in Europe. Loccisano said a shipment of 201 Hovers left China in June. The cars are headed to Italian distributor Eurasia Motors. Loccisano said he needs at least 250 sales a year for Great Wall to support a seperate showroom. IFAS has also talked with other Chinese automakers. Loccisano said he turned down Brilliance because "in Italy, there is no market for large, three-box sedans with only a gasoline engine. Clients just buy diesel wagons. He is still talking with Chery Automobile. Loccisano said he likes Chery's future lineup, but said the automaker hasn't settled on its plans for Europe."

Great Wall registrations in Italy:

2006:

Hover: 33
Wingle: 2
total: 35 cars

2007 (Jan-May):

Hover: 172
Wingle: 2
total: 174 cars
 

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Great Wall Hover was the first Chinese car I saw driving on the road. This happened in 15th of July, 2007 on a road leading from Rimini to Florence in Italy. It was a dealer car with big 'Great Wall' signs on both sides.
 

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I recently had to use a GWM in Namibia.

Safety is not related to the size of the manufacturer.

Nor only to crash test result.

By the way, Russian crash test result might appear are very suspicious...

Just open the tail gate of the car. It's so badly designed that I had it at the heigt of my nose. This is designed for very small people.
For Europeans, you risk to injure yourself if you don't pay a lot of attention.

Go inside and try to find the fire extinguisher.
If you manage to find it under the driver seat, you will have to struggle to take it out, having advanced the seat to the maximum. Really what you are thinking of in case of fire. And then, you get such a microscopic extinguisher that you can really wonder if it would be of any use.

Climb inside and grab the steering wheel. Well, since it was a right hand drive car, I would have been happy to be able to see the position of the controls (lamps, indicators, wippers). Not easy since they are printed on the wrond side of the knobs... So I had to use them blindly.

And guess what ? The specification seems to be wrong. I can say that the tank would not accept more than 50 liters of petrol. Too small and this nearly ended as out of fuel in the middle of the bush.

These were the little safety related points out of all the wrong things I had to observe ...
 

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I don't like going offtopic and bash any other country here but I don't think that general perception of indian brands are better is true at all, if you just look at the crash test of the electric car Reva aka G-wiz.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=NGjvt8tqRYc
http://youtube.com/watch?v=btw3DaqJbpI&mode=related&search=

I am really sorry if this post offends any members here but I just would like to point out about that general perception. I mean if the electric car look like this then I don't think how a conventional car will look like

ok get back to the topic, I don't really know if GWM can really make it to Europe, I think they will need more time and really put their mind into it in order to achieve it , hopefull they learnt the lessons from Landwind and do a much better job than Landwind. Great Wall landing in Italy is already a good sign but let us not be too optimistic about this and hope Great Wall can really make a good example for other Chinese carmakers to follow up

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Great Wall is already in Europe they have mora than 90 dealers in Italy.
 

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micodelija, glad to see you here. I've just found this site and decided to join.

Some words on the subject: as far as I know, Russian dealer "Irito" held a crashtest of GW SAFE and its result was rather good. It was a year ago.
cool an othere english speaking GW driver in russia,

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Great Wall coming to Europe in 2008

From AutoNewsEurope:

CHINESE BRAND WILL LAUNCH PERI DESPITE FIAT'S CLAIMS CAR IS A COPY OF THE PANDA

Great Wall Motor plans to sell its Peri minicar and Cowry minivan in Europe starting next year. Great Wall Chairman Wei Jianjun said the carmaker expects to obtain EU type approval for the models in December. He was speaking at an event here to launch a new 200,000-unit-a-year production line for the models. Weng Fengying, Great Wall's president said: "We will launch the whole range of our products in Europe in the second half of 2008."

Fiat is taking legal action against Great Wall over the Peri. Fiat saysinfringes its design copyright because it colesly resembles its Panda, the best-selling minicar in Europe. The Italian automaker says that only the headlights and the bumpers on the Peri are different from the Panda's. Great Wall executives say Fiat's legal action will not stop the launch of the company's first minicar. Wang said it is not unusual for cars from different makers to have similarities. "We are confident we will win in the courts and in the marketplace with the Peri", Wang said.


DEALERS ARE READY

Based about 130km from Beijing, Great Wall is one of the largest producers of pickups and SUV's in China. Its Hover SUV is sold in Italy and Romania. Wang said delaers in other European countries such as the UK, Greece, Portugal and the Netherlands are getting ready to sell Great Wall vehicles. Andrew Edminston, managing director of UK's IM Group, said he expects to sell Great Wall models in the UK within two years. IM Group is working with Great Wall to help it meet EU regulations for passenger cars, Edminston said. IM Group sells Subaru, Daihatsu and Isuzu cars in the UK.

The addition of the minicar assembly line doubles production capacity at the Baoding factory to 400,000 units a year. By 2010, the automaker plans to build 500,000 vehicles a year and export about half of them. Great Wall says it will open a new engine plant next year next to its car-making complex. The plant will have capacity to build 400,000 gasoline, diesel and hybrid powertrains a year. The engines will be between 800cc and 2,0 liters. Currently, Great Wall builds 2,2- and 2,8 -liter gasoline engines for its SUVs and pickups in a plant capable of 200,000 units annually.


COOL BEAR IS COMING

The Peri and Cowry go on sale in China starting in December. The Peri, known as the Gwperi in China, will cost between 43,000 yuan (about €4,000) and 53,000 yuan (€4,930). The seven-seat Cowry will cost 116,000 yuan (about €10,790). The Chinese government gave Great Wall a license to compete in the passenger-car segment on October 24. The automaker plans to launch more new cars including the Florid five-door sedan, Cool Bear minivan and i7 small hatchback.
Oh no, the Peri :nono: :(
 
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