18 July 2018, Pretoria - From China to South Africa - professional SUV brand Haval and the 10th BRICS summit starting in Sandton in less than a week, represent the China-to-South-Africa-theme in more ways than one.
Last year the 2017 BRICS summit was held in China; this year the world's leading emerging economies are hosted in South Africa. And to make sure heads of state and the cream of government and business giants from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa get to the Sandton Convention Centre in style, Haval will be making available a fleet of its flagship Haval H6 C and H9 SUVs.
Coming to local shores from China in the wake of the 2018 BRICS Summit, Haval, the professional SUV division of GWM, recently celebrated its first year of doing business here in BRICS style, celebrating a 500% increase in sales in the first 10 months.
"Haval launched 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 June 2018 we have expanded to no less than 29 Haval dealers countrywide after receiving full factory back-up."
Haval retail sales increased five-fold in South Africa by the end of the company's first year in South Africa.
"Our objective is to have 35 Haval dealers across the country by the end of this year," says Zhao, adding that the Haval series of the H6 C and H9 will be utilised to ferry dignitaries around Johannesburg for the duration of the 2018 BRICS Summit from 25 to 27 July.
The new-to-South-Africa company will be launching its latest addition to its powerful SUV range, the H9, in September. This big seven-seater has outperformed some much more expensive rivals down under, and drew high praise from judges in Australia's toughest, most coveted 4X4 awards in 2017 - along the way cementing the big H9's credentials as a machine "rugged enough to survive the Australian outback".
"Transporting the dignitaries for the 2018 BRICS Summit in and around Johannesburg, I am sure everyone will not only be safe at their different venues through-out the summit, but also on time," concludes Zhao.