GAC is becoming an established brand in Qatar. Really I should say ‘has become’. GAC is no longer a novelty, and the design of their medium and large SUVs, plus their sedans/saloons, is very attractive to customers, especially when backed by the long history and experience of DOMASCO, a leading player in the Qatar auto market.
In fact, GAC is already a massive automotive company in China, and is fast growing in other markets around the world. Guangzhou Automobile Group is the parent company of GAC Motor and it 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.
Adding to this appeal, for the past two years, GAC holds the top position among Chinese producers in the JD Power Quality Study. GAC Motor’s philosophy can also be seen in the latest model to enter Qatar – the GS3: build quality is excellent; styling and features look world-class, on a par with similar cars built by more famous and well-established companies.
This supposedly compact SUV has a larger than expected presence. You’ll also be impressed by the power-folding side mirrors. Yes, on this class of car, at this price! You can feel the good quality materials, which applies to the interior as much as the exterior. The cabin looks luxurious, is roomy and comfortable. The large colour screen displays plenty of technological channels to keep you in touch with the news and your choice of music.
Driving the GS3, you can choose Eco mode for a relaxed fuel-sipping ride, or Sport mode for a more energetic experience. The turbocharger keeps up easily with traffic situations, while the strong torque makes overtaking much safer. Wherever you go, the cabin will be cool, the music hot and your family comfortable on the wide seats.
Running out of space here, just to mention that DOMASCO make it easy to own a new GS3 even without obtaining a bank loan. The best advice is to visit the showroom on Salwa Road for a first-hand look and feel. I think you’ll be impressed!
ENGINE New 1325 cc E-Turbo, also available 1.5 litre inline, 16 valves, 4 cylinders
TRANSMISSION All-new Aisin 6-speed automatic/manual transmission with on-the-fly Eco, Sport and Manual modes; front-wheel drive
MAX POWER 135 hp (101 kW) @ 5,500 rpm
MAX TORQUE 202 Nm @ 1,500 – 4,200 rpm
EXTERIOR This new ‘compact’ SUV is bigger than you expect; modern, smoothly-aggressive lines suggest dynamic performance; the build, fit and finish quality is very good. Strong front grille, adaptive xenon halogen headlights with LED daytime running, 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 seats front and rear; welcoming leather/leatherette material on seats; attractive dashboard and lots of technological options; front and rear USB ports; front and rear air conditioning with air filter.
SAFETY/SECURITY Comprehensive airbags; front and rear seat belts and child ISOFIX seats; electronic stability programme (ESP) deploys the latest Bosch system; ABS + EBD; traction control, high performance chassis; hydraulic brake assist; parking sensors; rearview camera system; tyre pressure monitoring system; GAC high strength safe body; smart key plus button engine start; anti-theft system; engine immobiliser.
Customers can visit the exclusive GAC Motor Showroom on Salwa Road, near Qatar Decoration Interchange, opposite HSBC Bank. The showroom is open from Saturday to Thursday, from 8 am to 8 pm. DOMASCO is the exclusive distributor of GAC Motor in Qatar. You can find more information on their website or call 800 8123.
Author: Terry Sutcliffe
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