Hi, Bob Aldons from Car Business talking about the new Great Wall tradie ute. In its home country of China, it’s called the Great Wall Wingle – which translates to Horse, hence Steed. Barry Park of Which Car tells us 8 things we probably didn’t know (or arguably care) about the new incarnation of the Great Wall. You’ll recall that Great Wall left Australia after the Great rift between Ateco (previously the importer) and Great Wall Motors (The distributor and manufacturer). Great Wall launched with much fanfare as the price leading 1 tonne ute and later the importer of the V240 SUV. Years have passed and GWM have finally sorted out the concerns with ATECO and will distribute their product themselves.
GWM have returned to Australia with the Steed
Thanks to www.whichcar.com.au for the following
“Chinese carmaker Great Wall is back with a trade ute called the Steed. Here’s eight things you didn’t know.
- The Steed dual-cab uteis the only vehicle Great Wall is selling in Australia for now.
- It will only tow 1700kg. That compares with more than 3000kg for more expensive rivals from more mainstream brands.
- The name “Steed” is the same one Great Wall uses for the ute in the British market (the brand’s former Australian distributor called it the V240)
- The name “Steed” reflects the Anglicised name for the ute in China, where it is called the “Wingle”, which allegedly also means “horse”.
- The steering wheel is made from real leather. The front seats are made from fake leather.
- There’s only the single four-door model of the Steed. Great Wall is thinking about bringing in two-door versions, but it won’t be until next year.
- If you can’t drive a manual, don’t buy a Great Wall Steed. It’s manual transmission-only for now, although an auto is high on the Australian arm’s wish list.
- The Steed is likely to gain a more premium rival from sister brand Haval. However, the Haval-based ute won’t be big enough to offer a dual-cab version.
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