Already a massive automotive company in China – the largest automobile market in the world – Guangzhou Automobile Group is the parent company of GAC Motor which manufactures a popular and expanding range of stylish SUVs and saloon cars. Already a partner with leading world brands building cars for the Chinese market, the company has invested in world-class automobile manufacturing facilities to produce cars under its own name. Last year it sold over a million cars. It is now also becoming significantly successful in markets around the world, including, as we can see on our roads, in the very competitive Qatar market. Here, of course, it is represented and massively helped by the established experience and reputation of Domasco, the local agent.
In the past two years GAC Motor held first position among Chinese producers in the J D Power Quality Study. GAC Motor’s philosophy is clearly seen in the GS4: build quality is very good; styling and features look world-class, on a par with similar cars built by more famous and well-established companies.
The impression of good quality materials, attention to detail and fine finishing applies to the interior as much as the exterior. The cabin looks luxurious, is roomy and comfortable, and the materials are all touch-friendly. There are also plenty of technological channels to keep you in touch with world news and your choice of music, and whichever you choose will be delivered in crisp clear notes through the excellent hi-fi system.
Driving the GS4, you can choose Eco mode for a relaxed fuel-sipping ride, or Sport mode for a more energetic experience as you feel on top of the world sitting in the commanding driving position. The turbocharger won’t let you down, keeping up easily with all kinds of traffic situations, while the 150 hp and 235 Nm of torque means overtaking is a breeze. A third choice is to choose Manual mode and change gears exactly when you please with just a flick of your thumb – so easy and so much control! Wherever you go, the cabin will be cool, the music hot and your family sprawled out in comfort on the wide, supportive seats.
Domasco make it easy to own a new GS4 and everything can be done in-house without the hassle of obtaining a bank loan. For your one-stop shopping, get down to the showroom on Salwa Road, opposite HSBC, where staff will be happy to answer all your questions on the GS4 or other cars and how to buy them on the best possible terms, with free registration and servicing, of course!
Engine New 1.5 litre inline, 16 valves, 4 cylinders with famous BorgWarner turbocharger
Transmission Innovative 7-speed G-DCT with switchable on-the-fly Eco, Sport and Manual modes; front wheel drive
Max Power 150 hp (112 kW) @ 5,000 rpm
Max Torque 235 Nm @ 1,450 – 4,250 rpm
Exterior A solid, tough-looking compact SUV that nevertheless has modern, aggressive lines which suggest dynamic performance; the build, fit and finish quality is very good. Strong front grille, adaptive xenon halogen headlights with LED daytime running lights, LED combination taillights, front and rear fog lamps, sleek muscular body lines and sporty 18″ alloy wheels all combine to create a handsome design
Interior Easy access to all seats front and rear; welcoming leatherette material on seats; attractive dashboard and lots of technological options to cater for your listening pleasure; powerful multi-function sound system; dual zone air conditioning
Safety/Security Comprehensive airbag protection; latest front and rear seat belts and ISOFIX seats; electronic stability programme (ESP) deploys the latest Bosch system; ABS + EBD; high performance chassis and all-round independent suspension; ventilated disc brakes on all four wheels; parking sensors; rear view camera system; GAC high strength safe body; smart key plus button engine start; anti-theft system; engine immobiliser
The friendly staff at GAC showroom on Salwa Road, opposite HSBC bank, will be happy to show you the GS4 and even arrange a test drive of the GS4 or any of its range of cars and SUVs. Call 4424 8989 or visit their website.
Author: Terry Sutcliffe
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