Today, there are a number of manufacturers active in the commercial vehicle sector in the UK, but one in particular has been making a big impact over the past couple of years. Great Wall pickups are fairly new on the British scene, but Great Wall have actually been manufacturing vehicles for over 35 years and are now the biggest makers of pick-up trucks and SUVs in China, producing China’s number one pick-up for 15 years running.
Why choose Great Wall?
Their most popular model is The Steed. It has a one-third market share when it comes to pick-ups in their homeland of China and casting the net a little further afield, more than 700,000 units have been sold across the world. By 2015, the company hopes to have the capacity to produce at least 1.5 million vehicles each year.
In the UK, The Steed was launched in 2012, making Great Wall the first Chinese automobile manufacturer to gain significant volume vehicle sales in this country.
All Great Wall vehicles use the most advanced processes in their production. Galvanised panels and a rust-proofed chassis mean that there are no questions about longevity and reliability, which is especially important for working vehicles, which are expected to undergo the hard demands of commercial activity.
Safety concerns are high on the list of priorities for Great Wall too, rather than being available as expensive added extras. Great Wall vehicles come with all the accessories you would expect in a modern vehicle, such as twin air bags, anti-lock braking system and electronic brake force distribution. In fact, commercial pick-up trucks from Great Wall are some of the safest models of their kind in the world today.
This doesn’t mean that comfort is neglected though. Heated leather seats, a Bluetooth-enabled stereo and many other high-end specifications also come as standard. Matching state-of-the-art technology with rigorous safety levels is the calling card of a Great Wall vehicle, offering the kind of user experience that is more usually connected with a premium 4×4, rather than a run-of-the-mill commercial van.
It isn’t just pick-ups that have built the reputation of Great Wall; SUVs are also part of their history. The H6 SUV is the next model from the Great Wall Motors range to be launched in the UK. Already the best-selling SUV in China, outselling many of the established Japanese and European brands, 58,000 H6 vehicles were sold world-wide in the first half of 2012 alone and this means high hopes for its debut in the UK.