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by Tim Beissmann

China’s Great Wall Motor Co will take another step closer to European invasion next week when it unveils the Great Wall Tengyi C30 at the 2010 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition.

The all-new sedan has been specifically designed to meet European emissions and safety standards with the view to sell it in European and domestic markets.

The Tengyi C30 is similar in size to Toyota’s Yaris sedan with a 2610mm wheelbase, 510 litre boot and weighing 1136kg.

It will be powered by a 77kW/138Nm 1.5-litre all-aluminium VVT engine and CVT, and also features ABS, EBD, dual airbags, anti-theft system, leather seats and a sunroof.

Daniel Cotterill from Great Wall’s Australian distributor Ateco Automotive said the car was not currently on the horizon for a local launch but admitted he was going to Beijing next week to take a look at the Show.

He confirmed that Great Wall’s plans to release a small car in Australia by the end of 2010 were still on track.

The 2010 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition runs from April 25 to May 2 at the China International Exhibition Centre, with prices and specific sales markets for the Tengyi C30 to be revealed closer to its release.

Four other Bulgarian-assembled Great Wall vehicles will join the European line-up in 2011: the Florid and Coolbear sedans, the Hover 5 SUV and the Wingle ute.

(with Automotive News)