It has been a year. One short year since Haval - the luxury SUV sub-brand of GWM - officially launched onto the South African market.
And what a year.
From almost the moment the Haval H2 was rolled out to media at Kyalami Racetrack, it proved a hit with the automotive press and customers alike. Which is why the brand is launching a "Haval Month" during this May and June, more of which in a second.
Now swathes of positive press reviews followed the H2's unveiling, and all this positivity is probably not that surprising given that in its homemarket of China, Haval sells over one-million units per annum. An almost incomprehensible number, and a number that is set to grow as the marque spreads its wings on global markets,
More than that, Haval comprehensively rewrote and reinvented everything the local consumer might have hitherto believed about Chinese vehicles - on all fronts from safety to styling to fit and finish to ride and refinement.
Indeed, here was a machine that didn't deserve that faintly damning praise of "good for a Chinese car." Rather, it was good by world-class standards.
Meanwhile, the next Haval to hit our market - the sleek, slick H6 C - received arguably even more of a rapturous welcome than the H2.
And the brand's local success can be gauged by the fact that in Mzansi there are already 23 accredited Haval dealerships, with this number expected to soar to 35 by the end of 2018.
So to celebrate our birthday month, we're offering a subsidised, unbeatable deal on the H6 2.0T 6MT 4X2 City. Unbeatable - at just R4 380 per month.
That's with a 10-percent deposit, 72 monthly instalments, and a 28-percent balloon payment. Bringing the total cost to R403 061.
But that's not all - as they say on those infomercials.
The first 100 customers availing themselves of an H6 C City model get a free rear-view navigation mirror, while trade-in assistance is also available.
Finance, meanwhile, is available through Haval Finance, a product of WesBank.
Plus, of course, Haval's brilliant five-year/100 000km warranty, five-year/60 000km service plan, and five year/unlimited km roadside assistance applies.
"What an amazing year it has been for Haval in South Africa," enthuses Tyrone Alberts, National Sales Manager. "In fact, it's been nothing short of phenomenal, with the brand enjoying tremendously positive reception and growth."
"Our H6 C offer is - in our humble opinion! - brilliant, and if a newcomer like Haval soared like this in just one year on the rather brand-conscious local, we predict and expect great things for our next year!"