China shows a clean face
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.