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Chinese cars buck the sales trend, up 36 per cent

Chinese car makers continue to defy the downward trend in Australia’s new-car market, with latest figures from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries showing a 36 per cent increase in the first five months of this year versus the same period in 2019. That’s bucking the current trend where new car sales have taken a hammering thanks to the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting recession...

10 electric utes on the horizon

The electrification revolution has made its way through hatchbacks to sedans and SUVs and now it has its sights set firmly on a new frontier: utes. As with most automotive industry showdowns, it was Tesla that kicked off this sparring match with its not-so-bulletproof Cybertruck, releasing a video showing the all-wheel-drive, all-electric pickup tugging a Ford F-150 up a hill...

How Holden's demise could be the making of Great Wall in Australia

The General Motors (GM) decision to pull out of right-hand drive markets could kickstart Great Wall's aggressive push into the Australian market. Having yesterday officially withdrawn from the Australian and Thai markets, GM announced Chinese brand Great Wall Motors has committed to buying the Thai plant currently supplying the Holden Colorado dual-cab ute and seven-seat Trailblazer SUV...

Great Wall buys GM's last factory in India

Great Wall Motors has confirmed it is buying Talegaon factory from General Motors, with the deal expected to complete during the second half of 2020. The Talegaon factory produces Chevrolet Beat hatches and sedans for sale in Latin America. GM's other car-making facility in India was sold to SAIC, and is currently used to produce vehicles under the MG brand...

Haval preparing SUV onslaught for 2020 Beijing motor show

Haval will launch a trio of next-generation crossovers at the 2020 Beijing motor show, and they're all set for Australia. A new H2 compact crossover to go head-to-head with the Mazda CX-3, mid-sized H6 to rival the Toyota RAV4, and body-on-frame H9 to battle the Isuzu MU-X will be revealed, the company has confirmed...

VFACTS: Chinese brands continue to rise

Despite the continued decline in overall new car sales, brands from China are posting triple-digit growth – namely Haval and MG. For the month of July the overall market slid 2.8 per cent, with the year-to-date figure 7.7 per cent down on the first seven months of 2018. However, SUV specialist Haval recorded a 164...

Great Wall preparing 500Nm diesel engine for new ute

Great Wall hasn't given its new ute a name yet, but it's already preparing a pair of pumped-up engines for power-hungry buyers. The new Pickup, as it’s currently known by Great Wall, will be available with petrol and diesel power, the former making 120kW and 360Nm, the latter offering 145kW and between 380Nm and 400Nm of torque. Both displace 2...

Great Wall: High-grade ute variant to offer just 500kg payload

High-spec versions of Great Wall’s new ute will land in Australia with a payload rating almost 500kg less than the established players offer, thanks to its new five-link rear suspension. Launched in Shanghai, the new ute carries bears the hefty weight of expectation from head office...

Great Wall ute pricing puts Ssangyong in the firing line

Great Wall is talking a big game with its new ute, boldly claiming it'll sit with the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger as a top-three selling mid-sized ute globally, but its pricing Down Under will be a closer match for the Ssangyong Musso. The mid-range 'Passenger' version of the as-yet unnamed ute will be priced at around $35,000 with an automatic transmission, diesel, and four-wheel drive according to Haval Australia managing director, Koma Li...

Great Wall electric ute headed Down Under

The first electric ute in Australia could come from China, with Great Wall confirming the pure-electric version of its new ute was "always" in its plans. Timing hasn't been confirmed, but Haval Australia's managing director Koma Li says Great Wall will take the as-yet unnamed electric pickup despite of our market's reticence to adopt battery-powered vehicles...

Great Wall's new ute revealed with sights set on Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger

Great Wall wants to scale heights no Chinese brand has before, setting its sights on the Ford Ranger and Toyota HiLux with its all-new dual-cab ute. UPDATE: The story has been updated with details about towing capacity and more detailed power outputs, following clarification from Great Wall...