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by Tim Beissmann

Following the launch of the Great Wall V240 dual cab in Australia around 12 months ago, the Chinese brand’s importer and distributor Ateco Automotive has announced the introduction of the Great Wall V240 single cab utility.

Available in both 4×2 and 4×4 modes, the four-cylinder 2.4-litre petrol V240 is available only with a five-speed manual transmission. It produces 100kW of power and 200Nm of torque, and combined fuel consumption for both variants is 10.7 litres/100km.

Featuring a drop side alloy tray, air conditioning, alloy wheels, CD player and power mirrors, as well as dual airbags, ABS and EBD, the V240’s competitive advantage lies in its price, at $17,990 drive away for the 4×2 and $20,990 for the 4×4.

Ateco Automotive’s Daniel Cotterill said dealers around Australia are expected to take delivery of the V240 single cab by the end of the month.

“You’ll see stock reach dealers in Queensland next week, they’re first cab off the rank, and then it just rolls out across the country as cars are delivered around different ports,” Mr Cotterill said.

He would not be drawn on specific sales targets for the single cab, but said initial pre-orders by dealers had been strong.

“The dealers ordered a lot of cars, so quite clearly those out dealing directly with the public see great potential with this model.”

Mr Cotterill said sales of the V240 dual cab (877) and X240 SUV (1263) for the first five months of 2010 were “solid” after both were introduced in the second half of 2009.

“It’s a little better than the projections that we had. The V240 dual cab and the X240 have both gone quite well.

“On the ute side of it, we know we’d be a lot better off if we could offer a diesel engine, we’re just not quite there yet with the diesel. And we also know in the SUV market with the X240 that if we could offer an automatic there we’d be a lot better off too.

“They’re things that Great Wall is working on and they’re just still in the pipeline. We’re hoping they will be here by the end of the year,” he said.




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