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30 August 2018, Midrand - Haval, the professional SUV division of GWM, is breaking new ground with the introduction of its first four-wheel drive model on local shores.
Joining the South African range of its two-wheel drive small SUV derivatives, the 1.5-litre H1, H2 and H6, the large 7-seater H9 is powered by a 180 kW 2.0 Litre petrol turbo also found in the H6C.
Haval is making huge strides on the South African family SUV market after the brand's local introduction just over a year ago.
"Haval arrived in South Africa back in May 2017 and we started 12 months ago with just three Haval dealers," says Charles Zhao, Managing Director of Haval Motors South Africa. "By the end of June 2018 we had no less than 29 Haval dealers' countrywide thanks to full factory back-up from our parent company in China."
The H9 is the fifth luxury SUV model in the Haval range to be launched in South Africa in less than 18 months.
"Our objective is to have 35 Haval dealers across the country by the end of this year," says Zhao. "The arrival of our long awaited H9 is the latest addition to our powerful SUV range and will certainly assist us in expanding into the local market.
The big new seven-seater H9 has outperformed some much more expensive rivals in other right-hand drive markets, and drew high praise from judges in Australia's coveted 4x4 awards in 2017, calling it "a machine rugged enough to survive the Australian outback".