GWM hopes to compete with perennial favourites like the Nissan Almera, Hyundai Ballade and Hyundai Accent. The automaker has just launched the C30 sedan in South Africa.

GWM C30

It boasts one of the most spacious cabins in its class. The boot matches with a space of 475 litres. Inside the modernised cabin has air-conditioning, power steering, electric windows all-round, electric mirror adjustment, radio/CD/MP3 player with USB support and a rake-adjustable steering wheel. Bluetooth connectivity is also part of the mix.

GWM C30

GWM strived to endow it with a Eurocentric look. You get 15-inch alloy wheels and six colour choices:  Titanium White, Star Silver, Noble Grey, Jazzy Red, Ocean Blue and Pearl Black. Like the C10 and C20R hatchbacks, the C30 is powered by GWM’s 1,5-litre VVT-i engine that delivers 71kW and 138 Nm of torque. Running costs promised to be kept low by the standard service plan with 15 000-kilometre intervals.

GWM C30

The engine delivers a combined cycle fuel consumption figure of 7,3 L/100 km and powers the C30 to a 170 km/h top speed. Power is shifted via a five-speed manual transmission.

GWM C30

Dual front airbags are included with height adjustable seatbelts. Anti-lock brakes and electronic brake-force distribution are standard. The C30 goes for R179 999. A five-year/100 000-kilometre warranty is included.