MAXUS is a subsidiary of SAIC, a leading Fortune 500 company and the largest company in the Chinese domestic automobile market, producing in 2016 about seven million cars, SUVs and MPVs.
There are plenty of interesting historical and industrial details, but the short story is that SAIC bought LDV (that’s Leyland DAF from Europe) and under the MAXUS brand has been focused on vans, minibuses and people carriers or MPVs. With the G10, MAXUS have the specifications and build quality to offer the passenger car market a really competitive package.
The luxurious people carrier sports a powerful turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission from the world-leading gearbox company, ZF. It really shows when you’re on the move. The G10 is a great highway cruiser and is at home doing 110 kph on the highway. It’s also great in town with its light steering and its ZF automatic transmission, and a powerful engine that keeps you up with traffic.
The luxury standard of the MAXUS G10 is amazing. It’s more like Qatar Airways premium class with reclining, well upholstered seats, extending leg and footrests, plenty of space for seven or nine occupants and there is even a lift for a wheelchair. For a large family the G10 could be the perfect means of transport. Both adults and children will relish their new-found freedom to stretch out and relax.
By leveraging on SAIC’s decades of experience manufacturing European and American makes for the Chinese market, MAXUS have benefitted from some trickle-down technology. It certainly shows in the G10, which comes equipped with some pretty impressive kit yet has the handling characteristics, high-quality build and refined powertrain of a European manufacturer.
The MAXUS G10 is starting to change decision-makers’ perceptions when they come to review and compare the best solution for their families’ transport. Most people now feel there is little risk with Chinese makes, especially when it is SAIC, the most dominant company in the largest market.
ENGINE 2.0 litre turbocharged direct fuel injection four cylinder DOHC, 16-valve with multi-port injection and BorgWarner turbocharger
TRANSMISSION Six-speed ZF automatic with manual mode; front wheel drive
MAX POWER 225 hp (165 kW) @ 5,500 rpm
MAX TORQUE 345 Nm (236 lb-ft) @ 4,500 rpm
ACCELERATION 0 – 100 kph in 10 secs
TOP SPEED 190 kph
EXTERIOR G10 looks very impressive, good build quality, with sleek lines, panoramic windows, halogen headlights, front and rear foglights, two sliding doors, convenient steps, lift tailgate and 16-inch wheels. The deluxe luxury models gets LED headlamps, LED taillamps and dual-sliding doors
INTERIOR Standard features offered in the MAXUS G10 include power steering, power windows, central locking, electric mirrrors, keyless entry, manual dual-zone A/C, radio with MP3/AUX support and 6 speakers, rear panoramic sunroof, leather ‘business class’ seats, layouts can be customised to your requirements, electric chairlift for wheelchair available, large touch screen with DVD system, rearview camera and parking sensorsSAFETY/SECURITY Safety features include front driver and passenger airbags, ABS, electronic brake distribution (EBD), stability control and traction control, tyre pressure monitoring system; keyless entry; push button start system
Auto Class Cars, the authorized distributor of Maxus in Qatar, invites all those interested to visit the showroom on Salwa Road, near the Industrial Area and take a test drive to experience the MAXUS G10 and any of its range of people and cargo carriers. The always-friendly and informative staff will be only too pleased to demonstrate all the features of the various new models. Call 40401441 or visit MAXUS Qatar website.
Author: Terry Sutcliffe
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