GWM-Haval-H8-SUV

Great Wall Motor (GWM) will resume sales of its Haval H8 SUV at the upcoming 2014 Beijing Motor Show after months of delays. The brand’s flagship SUV was officially unveiled at last year’s Guangzhou Motor Show, but GWM delayed sales after pre-launch test drives by motoring journalists yielded negative feedback concerning the SUV’s brakes, steering and noise levels.

China’s largest SUV maker then went back to the drawing board, and released a statement to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (where it is listed), listing down eight “deficiencies” to be corrected before launch. They are, in GWM’s words:

1. Conservative engine setting with no significant difference between the Sport mode and the Economy mode
2. Short lag time of seatbelt alert after engine starts
3. Low steering resistance
4. Long brake operating distance
5. Insensitive door stoppers
6. Complicated operating procedures of certain functions
7. Engine noise, tyre noise and wind noise to be reduced
8. Monotonous pattern of the central console

“The Company has decided to perfect and improve Haval H8 in order to further enhance the quality of the Company‚Äôs products. The launch will be deferred for three months from the date of this announcement and pre-orders will not be accepted. As for the customers who have already placed their orders, the Company will contact them for arrangements based on their wishes,” the statement read.

GWM says it has now fixed the above problems and will start taking orders for the Haval H8 at Auto China. Powered by a 2.0L direct-injection turbo engine mated to a six-speed auto, the 4WD is priced from 201,800 yuan (RM105,251) in China. That’s a lot more than other SUVs in GWM’s domestic range, which range from 63,800 yuan (RM33,288) to 105,800 yuan (RM55,188).