Great Wall Motors Launches First Chinese-Made Cars Into Australian Market

Tony O'Kane | Jun 24, 2009

GREAT WALL MOTORS has become the first-ever brand to sell a Chinese-made car in Australia, announcing today that its V240 and SA220 dual-cab utes are now on sale nationwide.

A total of 45 dealers around the country have signed up to sell Great Wall's two utes, with Ateco Automotive the importer. Three basic variants of the two models will be on offer initially: the V240 4x2, the V240 4x4 and the SA220 4x2; with Great Wall outfitting each with a high level of standard kit.

The SA220 (known as the Sailor in its Chinese homeland) costs just $19,990 on road, while the V240 (aka Wingle) 4x2 starts from $23,990 and the V240 4x4 sells for $26,990 - also including on-road costs.

There's some surprising value for money on offer too, with leather seats as standard along with electric windows all round, air conditioning, foglamps, alloy wheels and a CD tuner (MP3 compatible on the SA220).

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The two model lines each have a single engine on offer, with the SA220 receiving a 2.2 litre petrol four-cylinder and the V240 getting a 2.4 litre petrol four cylinder.

The 2.2 pushes out 78kW and 190Nm while the 2.4 produces 100kW and 200Nm. With the SA220 weighing 1525kg and the V240 4x2 weighing 1660kg, it's probably safe to say neither will be especially quick.

A five-speed manual is the only transmission available for the Australian Great Wall range.

The SA220 is able to haul a payload of 855kg, with the V240 range capable of carrying 1000kg. Both can tow an unbraked load of 750kg, with the addition of trailer brakes meaning the V240 can pull 2250kg and the SA220 1800kg.

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With the absence of a grunty diesel engine in the line-up, Great Wall might experience some trouble getting Aussie tradies to give up their Tritons and Hiluxes.

However, with such keen pricing and strong standard equipment levels, the V240 and SA220 may find a niche among buyers looking for a budget ute who don't want to break the bank.

All cars come with a three-year/100,000km warranty, which should allay any fears of quality control issues. Will Great Walls first foray into the Australian market be a successful one? Watch this space.

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  • Will says,
    5 years ago
    1 like
    Take one TF Rodeo, add one RA Rodeo/Dmax, cut the price by thousands, add an ugly nose job. Chinese recipe for world domination.
  • Paddy says,
    5 years ago
    Haha good thing they wont be in NZ for a while!!
  • Jacko says,
    5 years ago
    ahhh, chinese solution, to have more people laugh at there designs
  • Paddy says,
    5 years ago
    I'm interested to see how they review it, how the sales reps view it and how they encourage ppl to buy it... Free melamine milk? cardboard pork? sounds good to me *_*
    No wait, they'll just hide that Made In China inside some microwaved dog meat hidden under the spare tyre
  • jeffske says,
    5 years ago
    all jokes aside, i hope these are crash tested here in Australia before being sold because i've seen some youtube videos with chinese cars being crash tested and i dont think the engine is meant to come through the dash
  • Jamie says,
    5 years ago
    1 like
    God help us! Now we are going to have even bigger death traps on the road.
  • Hans09 says,
    5 years ago
    No airbags??? I thought ADR requires mandatory driver and passenger front airbags in all vehicles?

    You get what you pay for
  • auto says,
    5 years ago
    i would have thought that air bags were more important than having leather seats as standard. Ateco said they hope to sell 300 of these a month, if they do it has got to hurt Toyota and others. maybe they will have to drop their prices . ha ha
    please give us a review and crash test asap
  • Hans says,
    5 years ago
    Where is my Gravatar???
  • Godspeed says,
    5 years ago
    If they just added a diesel engine it would make a compelling case for a lot of tradies even if the quality is not up to par. I suspect there might be a diesel not far away.

    The quality and aesthetics might be crap, the brand image zero, and we laugh at them now, but you can't ignore the way Japanese cars were panned for their quality when they were introduced globally more than 70 years ago and now look at them today. Then Korean cars came from a reputation of cruddy styling and build quality and are now among the most reliable brands based on customer satisfaction studies, and have come a very long way in terms of technology, "style", driving dynamics etc. It might only be a matter of time for Chinese cars. Needless to say they are one of the only major global trading countries that's actually growing at the moment...
  • Andrew says,
    5 years ago
    Haha Will, don't forget the D22 Navara headlights on the SA220!
  • Bavarian Missile (.) (.) says,
    5 years ago
    Hans this would be classed as Commercial ,I dont think they have too.

    Godspeed yes of course your right and they will do it faster than the Japanese and the Koreans “IF” they set out with the mind set now to manufacture and attain a quality reliable vehicle in the end
  • AutoCritical says,
    5 years ago
    My word! How funny is the last image how they have PHOTOSHOPPED the car in front of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, a place where the likes of BMW take promo photos from. It would make sense if the car design was inspired but this stunning Frank Ghery architecture, or if it was a car of elegance.... BUT A UTE?
  • Captain Nemo says,
    5 years ago
    I hope Aussies draw the line at buying these crappy chinese cars. It's not a problem if your $800 LCD TV carks it or the elastic in your chinese boxers shorts goes saggy your life is not at risk. But if a sparrow flies in front of you whilst your doing 60 thats providing they can do 60 with such underpowered motors you could very well be killed. The only good thing about these cars if you need a spare part for your old Rodeo might be cheaper than GM or even a wreckers .Oh one other thing i thought the VW Polo sedan was the first chinese made car sold in Oz.
  • Bleadin Thumb says,
    5 years ago
    Capt Nemo, I don't know why your so negative about the car? Is it that you are against all things Chinese?
    Lets face it all other utes are made in Thailand so why would the build quality of this car be that much worse?
    I bought a 4 x 4 V240 yesterday $26,990 (am I the first in Australia?)
    whilst it was not the most stunning performing vehicular I have driven,(its got the Mitsubishi 2.4 lt engine..grunty but not very fuel efficient) you cant avoid the fact that for the specs it would have cost me $40K + to get the equivalent from the nearest rival - Dmax. or $50K + for a Hilux.

    In this age of globalization country of origin is almost irrelevant.

    You are about to see a lot of these cars on our roads
    • David Foster says,
      3 years ago
      Hey mate I am very interested in the V240 4x4 you say you have just bought one, mate how is it, I remmeber I am {65} years old the early toyota's datsun sunnies and the sigma's, plus plus and sold vehicles for 7 years, but in the long run as you say ute are made in asia, so you are very right
      Thank you
      spitroatser2
  • ray chambers says,
    5 years ago
    they are both Rodeos with a make over, TF models and the RA or Colerados RC . Isuzu must have sold some tooling
  • Rick Wadley says,
    5 years ago
    More Asian rubish brought to Australia.
    I have inspected the vehcles. The suspension and steering is very under engineered.
    It seems an official in our Gov has been payed off by China again.
    • Paul says,
      1 year ago
      Under enginered compared to what!
      Most vehicles are if you have a look at enough of them are ***boxes get used to it
      Thats a motor vehicle be picky youll find heaps of things you can be prejudice about.
      Ive worked everyday of my working life some 48 years fixing cars trouble is most of the experts have never worked a day of their life on a car but they have an opinion thats worth nothing .
  • anon says,
    5 years ago
    they have dual airbags and abs brakes, stop being negative and actaully try one before jumping to conclusions
  • Captain Nemo says,
    5 years ago
    Bleadin thumb, yes i'm against chinese made products because 99.9% of stuff they make is absolute rubbbish. Quality of Thai made utes is 100 times better. And i would not be admitting that i wasted $27k on something made in China i notice your already making excuses for its poor performance & fuel economy. You should of bought 2nd hand but i'm guessing you were seduced by the stench of cheap chinese plastics. Oh BTW there are plenty of people who country of origin is very important when buying a car many people would drive nothing but Jap ,German or Aussie.
  • paddy says,
    5 years ago
    Nemo smart one!
    country of origin is where prejudices come from... jap bang for buck, german quality, american size, italian breakdowns n stuff, and made-in-china melamine filled milk
    A lot of things made in china do suck, but think about the thing you're staring at right now - your computer, if its even working, chances are it's made there too smile
    And many ppl don't like buying 2nd hand because of the risk and maintenance... just like me smile

    im sorry 'anon' but it looks like none of us have converted to liking Made-In-China yet :/
  • Anthony says,
    5 years ago
    I'm an aussie working in China right now.
    The "Everything made in China" brigade are actually right on the money. Unlike Japanese workers, (Make comany very proud, very strong), Chinese workers are detached from the product, they get through the day with very low pay, and do not really care about the quality of whatever they are building bar a few RARE exceptions. They can't upset the applecart, so quality fade is unchallenged. The factories must pay for themselves quickly, therefore R&D and QC are expensive and to them, un-necessary overheads. Go ahead, buy the car, in 5 years time the Rodeo will be just fine, the Great Wall may well be behaving like a circus car then. YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR, always have, always will.
  • Adam Yang says,
    5 years ago
    Captain Nemo, you need to understand 80% of products from Sony, Samsung, Toshiba, Dell, HP are made in China, and even Fiat car using the Chinese built engine now.
  • Adam Yang says,
    5 years ago
    You got what you paid, Helix is definitely better if you can afford it.
  • ROZ says,
    5 years ago
    1 like
    I cannot belive this,a car from China which looks like it modelled by a blind man,I will never go for chinese products,the are the worst!!!I have seen cheap chinese imitation holden rims break in front of my very own eyes when i once went to Bob Jane!!! In the past I have had bitter experiences with chinese furniture which looks neat and clean from outside but for daily use,it wont even last for years!!!!! I wonder how the service and warranty applies for this car here in Australia...but at the end of the day you will get what you pay for,not a big fan of this car,but I am eager to see how many of these will be on road after 5 years...The Japanese and Korean automobile industry always introduce new vehicles thinking about the future which may last atleast for few decades but from what i have seen chinese products are not advisable for the long run,may be for temporary use "ONLY"...
  • garry says,
    5 years ago
    you poor ignorant lot most makes are built in china been there lately lots of used utes dont have saftey features the $19990 is the only one without dual bags the landcruiser ute still no bags and the most expensive ute on sale think lads
  • MotoWebbi says,
    5 years ago
    garry.....maaaaate!!!
  • MotoWebbi says,
    5 years ago
    Hey! Why'd you edit my last post???
  • Don the great says,
    5 years ago
    I wouldnt mind having a look at these vehicles, I too have spent
    money on cars over the years, but as soon as you drive them out the gates theyre worth nothing, I'd rather spend 23 grand on a brand
    new car then 50 grand on something thats not going to hold its value.
  • sharron says,
    5 years ago
    In this day n age everything we buy has some component that comes from china.
    So baggin the chinese is childish.
    You like it test drive it n buy it
    You don't like it your intitled to your opinion, but make sure your facts are right first.
  • matt says,
    5 years ago
    just test drove the 4x4 version and was impressed build quality seems good and with the waranty 3years 100 000 km as good as anyother had to test it the price was just too good it is definatley not a toyota but for the specs listed your toyota would cost about 60000 . it is better to drive than the cheaper nissan alot better build quality . I do want to see an ncap test done though before i buy
    • David Foster says,
      3 years ago
      Matt well said mate, I too will be buying, you see no one pays my bills nor tells me what to buy, crappers just make me laugh, so well done son, I have the money and Toyota nor Mitsubishi oh yes what about spares after the earthquakes, now that's interesting in itself. Chinese made OK with this old fella, and remember boys I have seen them all come and go
  • CAD says,
    5 years ago
    Checked this car out and was advised the following buy the salesman. Body is not galvanised and recommended electronic rust protection. The 3 x child restraint anchors are not certified in australia and need to be engineered tested. Was a little concerned about the interior finish but then checked out a DMax 20 meters away in the same dealership and its intrior finish quality was very similar, for $12 - 15000 difference in price (less the diesel engine and a nose job, they are externally the same vehicle) Will be keen to see a few independant reviews and safety tests.
  • olszewski richard says,
    5 years ago
    I would get more out of my 10 years old Hilux , then from this "master piece of chinese lego car".Don, we have enough chinese rubish on our shelfs ??
  • peter says,
    5 years ago
    78kw lol, a non turbo astra is 100kw, I can`t see serious trady`s buying these , not enough Grunt from the old wingle and sailor the names alone are a bit sus and say it all LOL....
  • Mark says,
    5 years ago
    Great Wall? Great piece of junk more like it!

    I have nothing against owning Chinese made electronics goods, shoes or clothing, as my life does is not in great jeopardy if they break or fall apart.

    A car however? I don't think so. I'd rather not find out at 100 km/h (assuming they are capable of such speed) that the little man in the factory not care about work today so he not going to put car together properly as some vital part of the vehicle fails.

    Having had a look at them in the local dealer, I am sure this will happen to some luckless people who put money before sense and go for a new "Great Wall" before a far more sensible used Toyota.
  • paddy says,
    5 years ago
    I think that VW ute will easily blow this into pieces smile ahaha
    I can't wait to hav a lil laff at this when they launch in NZ
  • Mark says,
    5 years ago
    I actually drive a Ssangyong Don, what's more I only paid $9000 for it. So I would not say that I have more money that sense. But I can assure you that my Musso can do far more that 100Km/h UP a hill fully laden which is more than I can say for the Great Sloth.

    I mean really, a top speed of an estimated 130 km/h??? My Musso can do more than that in 3rd, and I can tow over a ton more than than a Great Weakling can.

    I appreciate a bragain as much as anyone else, but there is very definitely a difference between cheap, and nasty. I am sure that time will prove the Great Ripoff to be very nasty indeed.

    I am sure you will be glad of that "Toyota" airconditioner while you are struggling up the hill with you Aldis bought groceries in the back. Lol
  • Anon says,
    5 years ago
    Had a test drive of the V240 4x4 yesterday. Drives excellent. Fair enough its a bit slow n not in the same league as a hilux but what do you expect for $27000. Give it 5 years and they will have a reputation as good as toyota or nissan.
  • bear says,
    5 years ago
    Navara made in spain and already 18 months old when delivered new from dealer. great wall is alot more comfortable on the road but i bought a hilux in the end
    work on 4x4 everyday hilux is the best ute out there nothing comes close but the great wall beats everything else on price .
  • Mark says,
    5 years ago
    If you are looking for a cheap utes people, go have a look a the Ssangyong Actyon.

    For not very much more money than the Great Lump you not only get airbags as standard on every model, A.B.S is also standard on every model other that the Tradie.

    You also get a more economical 2.0 litre turbo diesel engine that produces 104 kw compared to a pathetic 78 kw from the 2.0 great weakling with way more torque, which means in the real world it can accelerate up hills very nicely unlike the great sloth.

    What's more, the engines and transmissions are of Mercedes Benz design and you can have the same aussie made 6 speed auto that goes in the new Falcon if you want.

    I have a 10 year old Musso and have been so impressed with it's long term reliability and quality that I had no qualms about buying the Actyon.

    So, if you are looking for value for money, don't automatically make the Great mistake. Go take a look at your local Ssangyong dealer and compare the 2. I think you will be surprised.
  • anon says,
    5 years ago
    mark read the specs. great wall has airbags on every model, abs stand and produces 100kw not 78. they have the mitsubishi motors in the v240 an toyota engines in the sa220.
  • matt says,
    5 years ago
    I have tested and driven all the utes on the market only drove the v240 4x4 because it was so cheap was supprised at how well it was finnised matches ford and mazda easily alot better than the cheap nissan and landrover .will have to say other than being a little bit under powered they match the other utes for comfort . and if you want more power from it this is a strong motor ralliart have been racing with this motor for years with massive power upgrades . After all my testing of utes if i had $45000 to spend i would buy the triton glxr only because it now has the superselect gearbox so you can have constant 4wd on wet roads. and the hilux sr5 but i dont have $55000 to spend . If it only lasts to the end of the waranty period well i have still saved money . as for safety it built on the same specs as the colorado . I bought it today after alot of thought i dont need to carry alot of weight for work but will test it with a full one ton load and let you guys know how it goes
    • says,
      4 years ago
      hi matt ,waiting too finish deal off in the next two dayswith dealer i will be buying 2 v240 4wd utes. how does it handle a 1 ton load. whats it like 4wd on sand. thanks michael
  • Bleedin Thumb says,
    5 years ago
    Well I have owned and driven the V240 for over 6 weeks now and can honestly say that the build quality is surpringly good and the ride is OK compared to the many other cars I have owned in the past 33 years. I am happy with it especially for the amount of money I have saved and would recommend them to others.

    The car does has its faults ...all cars do, but dollar for dollar they are a very good buy.

    Having said that I only plan on holding it for 2 -3 years and getting something else....it was very much an economic driven decision to get the Great Wall
    As a tradie and an employer - cars are not assets, they are liabilities and should be thought of as such, save your emotive posturing for the sports car, boat, jet ski or other toy you can afford to buy by saving money on your work vehical(s)
  • Ryan says,
    5 years ago
    The vehicle to buy if you don't value your own life. Just try and find out some crash test information about these vehicle for yourself, and ask specifically about the safety features before buying one
  • jack says,
    5 years ago
    Ok Ryan ,you seem to know it all , how about you fill us all in on crash test reports and all other relevent info we may need before we go and buy one , what sort of car do you drive ryan?
  • Davey says,
    5 years ago
    I'll be waiting to see what the tests are like before we buy one.
    I have a Rodeo and it has been a top 4x4.
    The road tests will decide our next 4x4, Quality comes 1st.
  • ABC says,
    5 years ago
    confushass say "my name is spelt confucious"

    more importantly.. it will fail.. why would u pay nearly $27,000 when you could pay a little more for a mitsu 4x4 turbo diesel with double the power/towing capacity, aircon, cd/mp3 etc.. + mitsubishi's 5-10 year warranty.
  • gragra says,
    5 years ago
    These utes cant be too bad if they are prepared to give a 3 year 100,000Km warranty with them. If you want pretty, why are you looking to buy a ute? I have only had a quick look at the 2x4 V240 and I thought what it offered as far as room and comfort wasn't too bad for a crew cab, better than some of the current crop with their banana crate back seats.
    Reckon I might have a V240 before too much longer, especially when I can drive it off the lot for less than $24,000.
  • matt says,
    5 years ago
    have had mine for two weeks happy with it . even the fuel figures are good about what they say. it will sit on a 140 on the freeway and is very quiet at all speeds . have not had a full load in it yet or towed any thing heavy will keep you posted
  • Keepleft says,
    5 years ago
    * I put this advisory at the other motorreport re Great Wall:-

    The Great Wall V240 & V220 utes have as standard equipment; a “hazard-warning triangle”, constructed to European/UN standard.

    An excellent safety item that is mandatory in EU and ROC (As are ’safety vests’). It’s therefore *not* a junk item either, you don’t even get this primary safety item ‘as standard’, yet, in our domestic Aussie built stuff.

    In the V240 ute; the warning triangle is located BEHIND the rear seat backrest. See the yellow label.

    In the V220 ute; the warning triangle is located UNDER the rear seat!

    http://www.nbntv.com.au/index.php/2009/07/14/calls-for-improved-roadside-safety/
  • steyn says,
    5 years ago
    Hi guys

    Thought i would give you a South African perspective, i own a 4x4 v240 - we call it a Steed, have done 40 000km so far and cant fault it, yes it has slightly generic isuzu styling but the trim etc is very well finished, my bakkie - ute as you call it, has got a Bosch ABS/EBD combo, and dual front Siemens airbags, with isofix safety belts etc, my point being that allthough gwm has got no brand reputation yet, through working closely with established companies like Bosch and Delphi they will be up to speed sooner than you guys all think.

    By the way my bakkie has got an 85kw commonrail injection tirbo diesel engine with 300nm of torque, not massive power compared to the latest hilux 3.0d4d or triton, but for the price etc perfectly acceptably.

    In conclusion, i couldnt be happier with my purchase.
  • Matt says,
    5 years ago
    @ jack August 17, 2009 @ 7:54 pm

    Well the crash test results are out now... 2 stars. Think you can apologise to Ryan now lol
  • Bree says,
    5 years ago
    I like the utes, I believe they do have air bags, so the dealler told me, for my price range and needs (2 kids & a horse float ) I think its good value.
  • Bleedin Thumb says,
    5 years ago
    Well.....I've owned my V240 for almost 4 months and am not as enthused as I initially was. I had it on Moreton Is, the first time I had it off road...less than 4 hrs of driving and it breaks down!

    This is bad enough....but uno sh!t happens....but now they are saying that the fault.....that sand damaged a sensor on the underside of the vehicle.....is not covered by warranty.....Is this a joke? A 4x4 that cant be driven off road.
    I asked why the sensor wasn't protected from damage and their reply was it was protected by a "plastic covering"
    If you are thinking about buying one of these...be aware that Roadside assist, towing, hire car etc will be charged for because they will find a way of not honoring their 3 year 100K warranty!

    What a joke.
  • Aussie1 says,
    5 years ago
    Sorry but is this right the Holden Rodeo 2 star the same as gwc V240 i rest my case there no better built here in australia.
    The latest Australian crash-test results show that the Mazda BT-50, with a less impressive three stars, and the Mahindra Pik-Up, with a poor two stars, were back among the field with those tested under Euro NCAP recently – the three-star Nissan Navara (upgraded from one star with revised airbag software now being installed in Australia) and two-star Holden Rodeo.
  • Keepleft,MotAdvNSW says,
    5 years ago
    AUSSIE 1, so the Mazda BT50 with airbag et al has three stars, guess then my old 2005 Mazda Bravo 4000 without airbag would be 2 stars too, about equal to the Great Wall V240,- but the V240 has additional safety items; rear fogs, warning triangle,- not on the Bravo or BT-50.

    REM, more to 'road safety' than crashing, best to avoid crashing (ESP/ABS/behaviour/airbags/rear fogs, etc) in the first place, and take measures to avoid crash incidence from occuring, say at a breakdown or other traffic's crash scene, -(hazard lights/warning triangle/safety vest).

    AND to be prepared after_an_event; phone/first aid kit etc and so on.
  • Bleedin thumb says,
    5 years ago
    Anyway the problem was a crankshaft angle sensor which is mounted on the top of the bell housing. The mechanic in Brissy that replaced it says it was damaged by sand in the bell housing so GW is saying it was "environmental damage" that caused it to fail and its not covered by warranty.
    This "environmental damage" clause is an all encompasing clause that can be used by GWMC to avoid virtually any warranty claim...uno a bit of dust got in here....a bit of water caused this etc....its total ***.

    I even got my local GW dealer to look at it and both the head of service and his forman agreed that it should be a waranty claim but GW are not budging.

    So a word of warning...the 3 year 100K road side assist is a smoke screen. I will now get my lawyers involved and get a big sign placed on top of the car warning people of what lemons they are, then park it outside the dealers yard.
  • christopher justice says,
    5 years ago
    am interested in the dealership of your V240 and SA220 dual-cab utes both here in Europe and in Africa. please keep me posted with
    the right informations. Thanks
  • Tenka says,
    5 years ago
    Yorky,
    >Have no fear they are putting the wind up everyone else.

    Under engined, under engineered cars of low quality which aren't that much cheaper than the competition.

    In a few years all these GW cars will be littering the 2nd hand market at a tiny fraction the cost of new and dealers won't be able to shift any stock.
  • Matt says,
    5 years ago
    Its not so much just the fact that its made in China - as others have pointed out many products that are perfectly fine are made in China ("you need to understand 80% of products from Sony, Samsung, Toshiba, Dell, HP are made in China"). The thing is many Chinese companies take short cuts and have no regard for quality (would you like some milk with your melamine? or lead on your child's toys?), these others are multinationals who are using China for cheap labour but still following their normal engineering and production processes that are used in the rest of their worldwide operations.

    Chinese cars will get a lot better styling wise quicker than the Japanese or Koreans did because in China they have no regard for intellectual property and are happy to knock off everyone else's ideas (eg Geely copying Rolls Royce, iPod imitations, etc)

    @ aussiebloke: For the record my car is 12 months old with 5 star safety, no rustbucket held together with tape. I have seen some Great Walls on the road but haven't test driven one because I have no need for that type of vehicle
  • Matt says,
    5 years ago
    Good to see my boredom after watching John Safran is providing something for you to do. By the way, the Beetle would be safer than both Great Walls http://www.ancap.com.au/results/76/
  • Matt says,
    5 years ago
    I'm not getting one but my Dad is due for a new work vehicle and was thinking about these so I started paying a bit of attention. He is looking at a Hilux instead.
  • Linda says,
    5 years ago
    Can I just say that having read more than half these comments it would appear that some of you out there are more interested in the cars speed than anything else. I am in a local country State Emergency Service and we do respond to road accidents and personally I would be very greatful if all cars could only go max 130km/h as if you go over that then it would not matter if you had twenty air bags in the car or any crumple zones or three engine walls between you and the motor I feel confidant that if you crash doing more than 130km/h in my area then we will be cutting your corpse out of a toyota just the same as a new great wall ute.
  • Sukhoi says,
    5 years ago
    GW hit a total 1000 sales in Australia recently.

    Oh, V240 4X4 is selling for 15000 Australian dollar in China based on current exchange rate. Our local distributor Ateco Automotive rips off farmers and tradies.
  • 68autobug says,
    5 years ago
    they need to be Much much better than the TATA 4x4 utes from India a few years ago.. the GW utes look OK... to Me
    but Mahindra and the Ssangyong but are ugly in My opinion..

    but then I still haven't come to terms with buying a Korean made car lol... although they now have good reputations....

    LEE
  • Bleedin thumb says,
    5 years ago
    More feed back from a geniun owner - not some dealership troll...

    The motor has lost signifigant grunt since I bought it 9,000 klm ago, and the fuel economy is poor because the motor has to work so hard. It has developed a nasty noise in the gear box and an annoying vibration in the drivers door.
    The foot rest besides the clutch has come off and the handbrake doesn't hold the car on a steep incline.
    GW and its importers have once again refused to meet my warranty claim so I will be taking further action.

    If you are contemplatting buying one - DONT. It is not as they claim a 4x4 because it cant handle off road conditions.

    Also beware the trolls spouting bull**** fuel consumtion figures and towing toyotas out of bogs etc......
  • aussiebloke says,
    5 years ago
    bleeding thumb which dealer did you buy it from as i will call them to complain
  • Bleedin thumb says,
    5 years ago
    Complain about what? Why would you call anyone about what's been posted on a forum by someone else?

    and as far as the ***er that posted under the name Bleeding thumb..... what the hell is wrong with you? why would you get so upset about someone expressing a view on their own car?
  • aussiebloke says,
    5 years ago
    you must have got a dud mate as mine has worked fine no problems but i never expected any i had mitsibushi outlander before and this has the same engine . man you need to chill if its so bad why dont you park it outside the dealer with a big sign DONT BUY ONE OF THESE AS THE WARRANTY IS WORTHLESS see what happens
  • Bleedin thumb says,
    5 years ago
    I thought of doing that AB, but decided it was easier to let my lawyer deal with it - probably via consumer law - that way the next person who breaks down will get their warranty agreement honoured.
  • Consumer says,
    5 years ago
    """Guys i have just towed my caravan up the coast with my v240 4×4 and i gotta tell ya ,when i pull into the van parks all the 4×4bees come over to me and ask me how is my car going , i tell them its great its only a 2.4 so dont expect it to pull a huge van i have a 14′ jayco discovery and it pulls that great ,i done just over 4000 klms and it cost me $630 in fuel , so thats a $157 for every 1000klm i reacon thats pretty good especially towing a van . Thats averaging fuel costs $1.22 per lt so i guess thats about 8 lt per hundred klm towing."""


    I THINK ITS MORE LIKE 12.86LT PER 100KM
  • Knowing says,
    5 years ago
    Just wanting to know if there are any other people that own V240 4X4
    and what there comments and experiences with the vehical
  • Matt says,
    5 years ago
    Ive had my v240 4x4 for about three months and travelled 11500 km just had its second service . It tows my boat ok uses fuel at about what they say it will do . Mine has a canopy from a rodeo on it only needed a couple of holes drilling in a bracket and two holes filled in at the front . The only problems ive had with the car are both head lights blew and had to replace the globes and the rubber on the clutch pedal has worn out . I would recomend seat covers as the leather on the seats isnt the best quality also put car mats in it . Im happy with it but it isnt a toyota hilux that is for sure but at the same time i didnt pay $50000 pluss for it either .any other questions just ask .
  • Knowing says,
    5 years ago
    Thanks for your info Matt and how you attached a rodeo canopy on yours thats handy to know. Im wanting to hear from people who own them and what there opinions are driving them and any maintenance issues, as I am thinking of buying an 4x4 V240.
  • Tee says,
    5 years ago
    Has anybody fitted an lpg system to any model yet?
    I have been looking at the new x240 anybody with comments, good or bad.
  • BYD says,
    5 years ago
    Does this ute have due-to-the-light-cluch or not?
  • 4WD_dude says,
    5 years ago
    I find it quite funny to see so many people on here praising Great Wall 4wd's when A) they have no real knowledge on them or B) they have just bought it and driven around the corner with it. I also think its ludicrous for those people on here (who obviously have no 4WD experience to speak of no matter what they claim) to state that a Great Wall is on par with a Toyota. If you are going to go to the outback in a Great Wall god help you.

    No I have never owned one but I have inspected some with very little kilometers on them and these were already starting to fall apart, mind you just from city driving.

    As for those of you waiting for the Diesel to come out don't hold your breath. I know of one person who imported six Chinese Diesel knockoffs to be used as generators. Straight out of the crate they ran so rough they almost shook themselves to pieces. They were taken to my friends machine shop where the trouble was traced to out of round harmonic balancers. These were fitted in the factory straight from the mold with no machining done to them. In the end all the motors were torn to bits and completely re-machined and rebuilt. This type of "quality" is the norm with Chinese Diesels.

    If you are going to be paying half (or less) the common going price for a vehicle please don't let your wishful thinking tell you that you are going to be getting the same quality and workmanship as the real thing. You will also be doing a disfavor to the other fools that come one here looking for justifications for buying a Great Wall by posting your uninformed rubbish.
  • Consumer says,
    5 years ago
    Bleeding Thumb, I have no association with dirt road, just reading the forum and correctly calculated the fuel consumtion figures he had stated. cheers
  • Bleedin thumb says,
    5 years ago
    Sorry Consumer, I read your post incorrectly. It does read as though you were stating that you had towed your caravan etc.

    BTW that post above that states my car is going great again was not posted by me, pity there are no moderators or administrators monitoring this site .....we might end up with some meaningful discussions instead of this purile dribble from car dealers trying to spruke up their products.
  • Knowing says,
    5 years ago
    Can anyone tell me if any other accessories from the Rodeo fits V240 such as Sports bar, Nudge bar, Torno cover, Side steps and Tow bar etc
    Thanks
  • Knowing says,
    5 years ago
    4WD Dude If you know so much about 4WD firstly you wouldn't be interested on this site and secondly if you did you would be on 4WD sites such as Australian 4WD Action Forum and you would be reading some of there positive comments on the Great Wall so unless you own one and do have problems with them please don't comment on them.
  • ian says,
    5 years ago
    chines are ok i brought a shantui 4 years ago it is a sd22 witch is a 27 dozer would buy more
  • jake gray says,
    5 years ago
    cheap labour cost's in china mean cheaper cars plus oz has good trade relations with them ,the engines are mitsubishi the body and chassis on ute are izuzu and the wagon chasiss is toyota surf with izuzu body, electrics in both are bosch , 2 airbgs and a asnz saftey pass ,i'm buying 2 a ute and a wagon for under $50 000
  • krazi-kev says,
    5 years ago
    I got my V240 about 2 months ago. Took it in today to sort out the recall for safety belts and was told that my child restraint is not properly fixed because there is no anchor point.

    Anybody driving with child restraints in the back seat of a v240 ???

    Taking it to the ambulace place and hopefully they can work a plan

    please comment
  • Alexander says,
    4 years ago
    I am the owner of a 4X4 great wall wingle 2009 searies for almost 5 months and must say that I am very impressed with the performance of this vehicle. The last vehicle I drove was a nissan frontier pick up van and in making a comparison, the wingle stands out. I also drove the ford 2009 model and although this vehicle performs great in my view the wingle's performance is just as good or even better.
  • says,
    4 years ago
    Hi all,I bought a 2x4 wingle (v240) in FEB a 2010 model and so far the only problem i have is keeping it clean, yea its a pearl black mod with a black COLORADO canopy from Flexiglass at Silverwater,Fitted for $1010, a bargain and no mods needed. Im on the sth coast and 3 times a week it bush driving,clay patches 12 inches deep and more,again no probs,just lots of dirt to wash off.Any nit wit that bags these trucks because they are from china is a fool. look around your home, oh yea ther plasmas and lcds are great and i love the washer and frige and dvd and undies i wear and every other product in your home but their cars are dud ? give me a break.any way like the smart ones have already pointed out WE PAID 24 k NOT 50 k.
  • says,
    4 years ago
    Hi again, forgot to mention that i got a sun visor, you know the old fashion type that you might see on a EK wagon or HQ vacationer, not solid metal but aluminium framed with black mesh insert and its from a RA rodeo also my tub liner is from either a Rodeo or Dmax as it was marked with Isuzu. Im in the process of finding out if rodeo side steps will fit. CHEERS
  • gusbaeco says,
    4 years ago
    Hi everyone.
    I must say that I have the great wall wingle 2009, the engine is the gw2.8tc2 diesel, the engine is the old 4jb1 made by isuzu, the injection system is the bosh crdi2.0 the same as the passat diesel and the computer is the same as the d-max.
    Now the front end suspencion is the same of the isuzu d-max and the rear end suspention is the same of the toyota hilux 1999, so how do i know this, i had o replace all this parts after 150000km, and the truck still running like the frist day.
    Everything works just fine and the fuel consuption is great I fuel up with 32000 colones, about us$63 and i get 960km out of the tank.
    Look when I bougth th car i wasnt sure of it, but now am just happy, and Ive save 15000 to 20000 american dollars just by buying it.
    So to those who just can say bad things about chinese cars, frist try one out and then you get the rigth to talk obout it.
  • gusbaeco says,
    4 years ago
    I frogot to tell you that the 4x4 system is the borgwarner used on the isuzu d-max and chevrolet so tell me whats wrong with this truck.
  • AlanB183 says,
    4 years ago
    OMG, I have been looking for the reasonable priced 4 X 4 found the Greatwall, the look of which is something that has grown on me, I am not a tradie, just a family man who likes going bush occassionly and camping, I was put onto this site by the salesperson at a Greatwall dealership, and now after reading most of the blogs I have found that most of you, are know it all's and ready to bag anything new, glass half empty people, sure there is going to be problems, but just think about it, GMH and Ford all have had their teething problems in every model. Give GW a break, If you want a champagne car on a beer budget look elsewhere.
  • says,
    4 years ago
    Just purchased the great wall x240about 4 weeks ago..i have found it an overall nice car to drive and very happy with the fuel economy apart from the lack of power,does not like to idle in 2nd gear at a low speed and flat out if you want to take it any where over 120kph.(which will prevent a lot of speeding fines for the future purchasers i suspect) little things like the roof lining not fitted properly on some edges, chrome strips on the outside being a little loose some rattles appearing in the gear lever boot cover, glove box will randomly open when driving, faulty catch im guessing, the climate control front panel has already been replaced as the mode button went in and would not come back out so the air con would randomly come on and off, brake dust is a constant problem as the front wheels are always covered in a film as soon as you wash the car and it spreads up the side of the car,,wondering if this will in time effect the duco ( has anyone else had a problem with this) i did not get a spare key with the car and am still waiting on one but suspect this was a problem with someone from Holden losing it.
    Also i have to slam the doors as they do not close properly and my driver window shattered this morning on just closing the door... has any one had a problem with glass in these vehicles.. would be very interested to hear from other owners... deb
  • says,
    4 years ago
    I took the opportunity to drive the new offering last week.

    It is a gutless, vague, antiquated pile of tin that I would not swap for my ancient Nisan Navara with 258,000 on it.

    It is a disgrace and I have no idea how it past any test let alone given a 2 star rating.

    Bad metal, bad engineering, poor assembly, antiquated design. It will spend it's life at the dealers being repaired without warranty as they will not honor it just like the other Chinese manufacturers. Having warranty is one thing, claiming it another.

    You could not give me one for free!
  • David Foster says,
    3 years ago
    I am very interested in the V240 - 4x4 c/w bullbar & towbar. please tell me when does the diesel engine come onto the market please.
  • David Foster says,
    3 years ago
  • Wayne says,
    5 months ago
    I,ve had a second hand x240 for 8 months. Had 120000 ks on it. Head gaskit blew at 140000ks. Reason for head problem was that head studs were soft. Crank angle censor *** it self due being drowned in oil and water as it sits on top of bell housing. I took head studs to engine reconditioner. He said he has never seen a head stud so soft. When tensioning the head down it felt like threads were striped in block, but it was head stud twisting 1 full turn in the middle without snapping.
    Now thats quality ay

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