CHI­NESE QUAL­ITY ON THE UP AS VOTES SHOW

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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.

PHOTO: QUICKPIC

Asian buy­ers have voted GWM’s C30 sedan tops in the mid-size en­try cat­e­gory.

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