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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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From Automotive News.

Great Wall banned from exporting GWPeri minicar.

A Turin court ruled this week that a Chinese minicar built by independent automaker Great Wall won't be allowed into Europe.

The court said the GWPeri minicar is too similar to the Fiat Panda.

Fiat sued Great Wall both in Italy and in China. Those moves were aimed at keeping the GWPeri out of the European Union and out of China. Fiat alleged that the car was a clone of its Panda minicar.

On July 16, a Turin court accepted Fiat's claims, saying in its ruling "the (GWPeri) doesn't look like a different car but is a (Fiat) Panda with a different front end."

The court ruled that Great Wall should pay a 15,000-euro fine for the first GWPeri imported in Europe. In case of further violations of the ruling, the fine grows to 50,000 euros per imported car.

Lawyers for Great Wall said the company will appeal the Turin court decision.

The court case in China is still pending. Earlier this year, Great Wall starting selling the GWPeri in China.

Fiat doesn't sell the Panda in China. The car has been Europe's best selling minicar since 2004.
 

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Great Wall Motor to appeal vs ruling on Europe ban.

July 22, 2008 - China's Great Wall Motor Co will appeal against a Turin court's ruling to ban it from selling a compact car in the European Union because it too closely resembles Fiat's FIA.M Panda, a lawyer for the Chinese company said on Monday.

"There is no doubt that we will appeal against the ruling," he said, although he added that the company was still working on its response to last week's decision.

The Turin court ruled that Great Wall should pay a 15,000 euro ($23,810) fine for the first compact GWPeri imported into Europe, while further violations would carry fines of 50,000 euros per imported car, Automotive News reported over the weekend.

"We cannot accept the ruling. Let me reiterate that GWPeri was developed on our own and has no similarity to the Panda," said Great Wall spokesman Shang Yugui.

He added that a suit filed by Fiat in China was still awaiting a decision.

Last October, a Fiat spokeswoman in China said the Italian firm had started legal proceedings against Great Wall in China and in Europe over the similarity of the GWPeri and the Panda.

Great Wall, China's largest sport utility vehicle maker, started selling the GWPeri in mid-March in China priced at 43,900 yuan to 55,800 yuan ($6,430 - $8,173).

The company has sold around 4,000 of the vehicles, which are also available in the Middle East, South America and Russia, Shang said.

Great Wall's Hong Kong-listed shares rose 2.57 percent on Monday to HK$5.59, in line with a 2.76 percent rise in Hong Kong's China Enterprises Index.

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Great Wall Gwperi finally ruled as copy of Fiat Panda!

September 19, 2008 - A Turin appeals court last week made the final ruling that prevents a minicar GWPeri, manufactured by China's Great Wall Motor, from being imported into Europe, Fiat China company said to Nanfang Daily yesterday.

A local court in Turin said in its ruling on 16 July, "the Gwperi does not look like a different car but is a Fiat Panda with a different front end." The court has ruled that the vehicle will not be allowed into Europe and also ordered Great Wall Motor to pay 15,000 euros (US$23,553) in penalty.

Another 50,000 euros will be charged on each model if the company continues to bring the car to Europe. Great Wall Motor appealed against the ruling immediately. In the final ruling, the Turin appeals court also upheld fines issued against Great Wall in July by the lower court.

"Gwperi is never expected to be introduced to Europe," Great Wall Motor spokesman Shang Yugui said. Earlier, he was quoted many times as saying that Turin's ruling is unfair and its only aim is to protect Italy's own auto industry, as they are afraid the launch of Great Wall Gwperi may hurt the sales of Fiat Panda."

The ruling will not affect Gwperi exports to other countries, Shang added.

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Great Wall Motor breaks ground for Bulgaria plant.

May 13, 2009 (Gasgoo.com) - China's largest sport utility vehicle (SUV) maker, Great Wall Motor Co, has started construction of an auto plant in Lovech city of Bulgaria in cooperation with Bulgaria's Litex, Bulgarian media reported on May 11th.

The plant has an initial investment of 80 million euros and is expected to produce Great Wall's Florid cars and Hover SUVs. According to Sofia News Agency, this project will initially create 1,000 new jobs.

Bulgaria's Prime Minster, Sergey Stanishev, broke ground for the plant during the opening ceremony.

Mr. Stanishev said that the plant was a symbol of his Cabinet's policy to make the country attractive for foreign investments and to create new, competitive productions.


Bulgaria's Prime Minster, Sergey Stanishev, broke ground of the Great Wall car factory near the city of Lovetch
 

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Great Wall Motors sets European foothold in Bulgaria

With a brand new Bulgarian plant set to start churning out cars by end-February, China's Great Wall Motors hopes to establish a foothold to expand sales across Europe, says its local partner Litex Motors.

'This is the first plant for a Chinese automaker that will produce in Europe and for Europe,' Litex Motors marketing director Ivo Dekov said in an interview with AFP ahead of the plant's opening on Feb 21.

The industrial assembly facility in the northern village of Bahovitsa will initially employ 150 workers, capable of making 4,000 automobiles per year from China-imported kits.

'But production will increase as the markets here and in other European countries develop,' Mr Dekov said.

'Depending on demand, we can produce an annual 50,000 vehicles with 2,000 workers on two shifts, or even 71-72,000 on three shifts,' he said confidently.

Bulgaria's qualified and competitive workforce as well as its low taxes made the poor European Union (EU) newcomer an ideal starting base to enter the common EU market for Great Wall Motors, one of the biggest sports utility vehicle (SUV) makers in China, Mr Dekov said.

'Our partners consider Europe a strategic market and count on entering it gradually but permanently, with good products and a successful strategy.'

'But it is only natural that our primary goal is to also become a leader in the domestic market,' he added.

Litex signed a deal for a joint venture with Great Wall Motors in 2009 that would allow the Chinese group to export tax-free to the common EU market.

Now the Bulgarian group aims to achieve the same market share - about 30 per cent - as other automakers with locally produced cars in neighbouring Romania, Serbia and Turkey, according to Mr Dekov.

'Of course, we will need time to do that as we are only learning to walk right now,' he said.

The plant, which has been test producing since mid-November, is ready to start sales immediately of two locally-assembled Great Wall models - the Voleex C10 city car and the Steed 5 pick-up, with prices ranging between 16,000 leva (S$13,550) and 25,000 leva.

Over 200 imported vehicles were already sold in Bulgaria between mid-October and end-2011, Mr Dekov said.

'I consider this a great success. On the whole, interest in the brand, the plant and the vehicles has been huge and customers' reactions have been thoroughly positive.'

The cars' affordability, a five-year guarantee and other car equipment included in the starting price will help Litex compete well in a market where the ratio of new-to-used car sales is just 1:10 compared to Europe's 1:3, the group believes.

The 24-hour delivery of spare parts through 17 dealerships and after-sales service points in Bulgaria - set to grow to 20 this year - was another competitive advantage, he added.

'This year we will also add three more models to the plant's production range, including the Hover H6 SUV,' Mr Dekov said.

'Great Wall Motors' overall plans for Europe are to offer a total 8-10 models by 2016,' he added.

Great Wall, which sells cars in 120 countries, is the only Chinese automaker to have obtained Whole Vehicle Type Approval to market several of its models in the EU. China-made Great Wall Motors cars have already been selling in Italy since 2006.

'Plans are to start sales in Bulgaria and cover the other European and Balkan countries with what we supply,' Mr Dekov said.

In the long run however, Litex hopes to start making some parts here rather than only assembling China-imported kits, and talks have already started with possible subcontractors, he added.

Litex Motors, which made the bulk of the investment in the new Bulgarian plant, will also start building welding and painting units to add to the simple assembly lines over the next few years.

http://www.straitstimes.com/Motoring/Story/STIStory_768695.html
 
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