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C30 aims to shake up segment


At last year’s Johannesburg International Motor Show, we had our first glimpse of GWM’s new C30 compact sedan. It has just been released locally and looks to take on the likes of the Nissan Almera, Honda Ballade, Hyundai Accent and Volkswagen Vivo sedan.

The C30 joins its C50 sedan sibling as the second four-door offering from the Chinese manufacturer. Its standard specification includes air conditioning, power steering, electric windows all-round, electric mirror adjustment, radio/CD/MP3 player with USB support and Bluetooth connectivity.

“Although the C30 fits into the compact sedan segment, its dimensions suggest otherwise,” says Brand Manager Hannes Oosthuizen. “The C30 rides on a stretched (2 610 mm) wheelbase that endows it with one of the most spacious cabins in its class, as well as one of the largest boots, capable of swallowing 475-litres worth of luggage. Another upshot of the long wheelbase is a svelte exterior design,” he explains.

The trim is dark cloth to match the black finish of the facia surfaces. Details such as chrome surrounds for the instrumentation’s sporty main dials and silver trim on the centre hangdown section contribute to an upmarket ambience. Maximum ergonomic efficiency is a high priority for GWM as evidenced by the large rotary ventilation controls and neat audio system interface.

It is said to have one of the largest boots in its segment. There is also a space-saver spare wheel while the rear bench seat is split 60:40 and can fold down.

The C30 is powered by a 1.5-litre VVT-i engine that delivers 71kW and 138Nm of torque and is said to consume 7.3 litres/100km. It is coupled with a five-speed manual transmission. In terms of suspension it rides on MacPherson struts up front and torsion beam set-up at the rear

In terms of safety, the C30 features dual front airbags, disc brakes all-round with ABS with EBD, child-seat mountings and a five-star C-NCAP crash test rating.

The C30 1.5 VVT-i costs R179 999 and comes with a 5-year/100 000km warranty and 5-year/45 000km service plan.

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