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2013-09-03 11:54

FAW-HE’S A JOLLY GOOD FELLOW: FAW celebrates its birthday year in the SA passenger car market, with a second model soon to be launched locally - its V2 hatchback. Image: FAW

First Automobile Works (FAW) will introduce an entry-level hatchback in SA for less than R100 000 later in 2013. Ahead of its official launch, its little V2 has impressed local distributors during a six month test programme.

The Imperial Group, the local distributor of FAW cars and light commercials, says it has been impressed by the soon-to-be-launched entry-level FAW V2 hatchback which, ahead of its imminent official launch in South Africa, has undergone a six-month local test programme.

‘COMPETITIVE NEWCOMER’

FAW SA's general manager Pedro Pereira said: “The attractive V2 will be the second passenger vehicle in our range, joining the Sirius seven-seat MPV and panel van, and we are looking forward to its introduction. We hope to introduce it at a retail price of less than R100 000 which will make it very competitive in view of the fact that it has  a 1.3 four-cylinder engine while competitors have smaller engines.”

FAW SA passenger and LCV technical manager Johan Ackerman said no problems were experienced during a five-day trip that included a variety of roads surfaces over 5000km. The V2 was driven from Johannesburg to Upington and then on to Cape Town for two days of sea level testing before being driven back to Johannesburg.

According to FAW, its V2’s fuel consumption was 6.1 litres/100km while carrying four occupants. The automaker reports that it travelled between 115-120km/h (when conditions permitted) and that its 37-litre fuel-tank range was 562km.

GETTING SIRIUS IN SA

FAW entered the SA passenger and LCV market earlier in 2013 with the launch of its Sirius panel van and MPV. The Sirius was launched with a 1.3 engine but now has a 1.5 as well.

Pereira said: “We have a national network of 22 dealers and the growing model range is resulting in increased interest in the FAW franchise. Most of our dealers are multi-franchise Imperial facilities. We are currently in talks with several interested parties and expect to open a few more FAW outlets.”
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