Hardly a day goes by without a large double-decker vehicle carrier thundering through town, with new stock piled high on its way to the various dealers, filling the demand for back-orders or placement on the showroom floor.
One of the models in hot demand, is the new Steed 5 Workhorse bakkie which has made inroads into the market place, offering a single cab and double cab 2.2 petrol derivative. And with over 100 orders on the way, the GWM Workhorse is here to stay, after the first batch was delivered two weeks ago, along with the GWM SUV - the H5.
According to Uwe Kessler (DP Pupkewitz GWM) they are expecting another four truck loads to arrive at the showroom by the week-end. And with the first batch already delivered to clients, and many back-orders to fill, the more stock they have on hand – the better.
He said the GWM Steed 5 Workhorse is gaining more recognition with the buying public, largely because the build quality, strong engine and amount of vehicle you get for the money, is unbeatable in today’s market.
“Everyone in search of a double cab that’s competitively priced, yet robust and decked out with great features, needn’t look further than the new 4 x 2 or 4 x 4 Steed 5 2.0VGT Double Cab from GWM.
“Apart from a myriad of comfort features and sporty appearance, the Steed 5 2.0VGT Double Cab also boasts the powerful 4D20 turbo diesel engine that was developed and designed independently by Great Wall Motors. This engine made its first appearance in the H5 2.0VGT SUV in 2011, and now lends its distinctive power to the Steed 5 double cab.”
He also mentioned that the facelifted Steed 5 is retailing for N$129 00 which is the same price as the outgoing model, and offers features including dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, front fog lights and remote central locking to keep you and your passengers safe, whilst leather seats, power steering, electric windows and side mirrors, a CD/MP3 player, steering mounted audio controls and individual bucket seats ensure a smooth and comfy drive.
The facelifted double cab which is priced at N$159 900 is also selling like hot cakes for the same price as the previous model.
Kessler pointed out that a lot of ‘war vets’ have expressed their interest in the vehicle, and the volumes of units they are selling are not tenders, but public demand. The market aimed at the Steed 5 are building contractors, sub-contractors, security companies, farmers and privateers who looking for a good workhorse at a good price.
“It’s the best value for money bakkie you can buy right now”, said Kessler.
Production of the previous model was stopped in March 2012, which is when the facelifted model, Steed 5 Workhorse, was launched with with new styling, rugged good looks, additional features, and the trusted 2.2-litre motor fitted with the latest fuel- injection technology.
The GWM bakkies are sent from the Chinese manufacturing plant in Baobing and shipped to Durban, where they then are distributed by the SA vehicle delivery services. GWM have held back on a price increase on the new models because of the large turnover of units they are manufacturing for the world market.
Interested public are welcome to come to the showroom and view the range of vehicles, and assess for themselves the build quality.
GWM expects an interesting line-up of new cars to be launched between now and the end of the year.
All bakkies come with a 3-year/100 km factory warrantee.