GWM's C30, which has just landed in South Africa, has nothing to do with the Volvo it shares its name with. Instead, the new Chinese contender is a compact four-door sedan pitted directly against the Honda Ballade, Nissan Almera, Hyundai Accent and VW Polo Vivo sedan.
Such is the confidence that GWM has in this product, that it's been priced well within the mainstream, with a single model derivative selling for R179 995.
The C30 is powered by a 1.5-litre VVT-i normally aspirated petrol engine, mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. With 71.3kW and 138Nm on command, the sedan will run to a claimed top speed of 170km/h and sip 7.3 litres per 100km on the combined cycle.
BIG CABIN, BOOT
Yet this car's real selling point will be its practicality, with GMW claiming that its generous 2610mm wheelbase results in one of the most spacious cabins in its class, while its 475-litre boot is also at the sharp end of the segment.