China shows a clean face

Herald Sun - Motoring - - News - NEIL DOWL­ING

THE sec­ond wave of the Chi­nese-made Great Wall Mo­tors on­slaught is now be­ing pre­pared. First glimpses of the Aussie-bound Great Wall small car show the ex­port model gets a cleaner face (above) than the first-gen­er­a­tion do­mes­tic­mar­ket ver­sion.

The Corolla-size hatch­back gets a con­tem­po­rary grille that su­per­sedes the dis­tinc­tive V-shaped face that Great Wall un­veiled to Aus­tralian jour­nal­ists 18 months ago in China.

The car, on sale here in the sec­ond half of 2011, is likely to have an al­pha-nu­meric name­plate sim­i­lar to the Great Wall V240 utes and X240 SUV.

In China, the hatch­back is called the Phe­nom or C10.

Im­porter Ateco Au­to­mo­tive won’t con­firm that this is the car for Aus­tralia, al­though cars­Guide is con­fi­dent.

How­ever, a spokesman did con­firm that a small car — in man­ual and CVT au­to­matic — would be here in the sec­ond half of next year and that it would ‘‘have all pos­si­ble safety fea­tures’’.

These fea­tures in­clude elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol, a min­i­mum of six airbags and a min­i­mum four-star crash rat­ing.

No prices have been set, but cars­Guide ex­pects the C10 to sell from about $12,000.

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