CHINESE QUALITY ON THE UP AS VOTES SHOW
THE highly respected JD Power Asia Pacific Initial Quality Study (IQS) was released late last year, with GWM’s compact C30 sedan being voted tops by its owners in the mid-size entry category.
Announcing the results in Beijing, JD Power Asia Pacific’s president Dr Mei Songlin highlighted the fact that China’s independent manufacturers continue to improve rapidly their quality levels, as evidenced by the C30’s segment victory as well as two more category wins by other Chinese car makers (Changan — mini van, and BAW — compact car).
The comprehensive report covers 62 brands and 212 models. Data was collected from April to August 2014 in 51 of China’s major cities.
“This very prestigious award mirrors feedback from our own C30 customers in South Africa,” said GWM SA brand manager Hannes Oosthuizen.
Priced at R159 900, the GWM C30 is offered locally with a comprehensive standard-features package that includes air-conditioning, power steering, radio and CD with USB support and Bluetooth connectivity, electric windows allround, 16-inch alloy wheels and fog lamps front and rear. “However, it’s not only about the standard features, but also the spaciousness of the cabin and the peppy and frugal nature of the proven 1,5-litre petrol engine,” Oosthuizen said.
Asian buyers have voted GWM’s C30 sedan tops in the mid-size entry category.