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GAC Motor Unveils Product Portfolio for South African Market Expansion

GAC Motor, the Chinese automaker, has revealed its product lineup set to debut in the South African market in 2024. Through a distribution agreement with Salvador Caetano Auto, GAC Motor aims to introduce three models: the Emkoo, Emzoom, and Aion Y. These vehicles offer diverse options, including SUVs and electric crossovers, catering to different consumer preferences and needs.

Key Points:

  • GAC Motor announced its expansion into the South African market in February 2024, partnering with Salvador Caetano Auto for distribution.
  • The product portfolio for the South African market includes three models: Emkoo, Emzoom, and Aion Y, each offering unique features and specifications.
  • The Emkoo, a five-seater SUV, offers engine options such as a 1.5-liter turbopetrol powertrain producing 177 kW and 270 Nm, along with a 2.0-liter hybrid setup generating 138 kW and 180 Nm. Both variants feature a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and front-wheel drive.
  • The Emzoom, positioned below the Emkoo, features a 1.5-liter turbocharged petrol engine producing 130 kW and 270 Nm of torque. It is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and front-wheel drive.
  • GAC Motor will also introduce the Aion Y, an all-electric crossover/SUV, equipped with a 63.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack delivering 100 kW and 225 Nm of torque. The Aion Y boasts an all-electric range of 490 km (NEDC cycle).
  • Leslie Ramsoomar, Managing Director of Salvador Caetano South Africa, expresses confidence in the South African market’s potential and highlights the strategic importance of establishing a strong presence in the region.

Conclusion: GAC Motor’s entry into the South African market with a diverse product portfolio reflects its commitment to meeting the evolving needs of consumers in the region. By offering a range of SUVs and electric vehicles, GAC Motor aims to capture a significant market share and establish itself as a key player in the dynamic automotive landscape of South Africa. With innovative features and competitive specifications, the Emkoo, Emzoom, and Aion Y are poised to make a mark in the local automotive market.

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