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Haval H8 delayed again, probably indefinitely

Published on May 15, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

Haval H8 delayed again, probably indefinitely

Great Wall Motors has announced another unspecified delay for the troubled Haval H8 SUV, with wild rumors going around on the Chinese interwebs that the delay is “indefinitely”. The Haval H8 was delayed for the first time in January after automotive journalists found serious shortcomings.

By the time the H8 had already arrived at dealers throughout China, and all cars were simply pulled out the showrooms and shipped back to the factory. None were delivered to buyers. Great Wall said the delay would take three months and everything seemed all right when the H8 stood shining on the 2014 Beijing Auto Show, alongside the various other new Haval-branded cars, including the giant Haval H9.

The new delay is apparently caused by problems with the new 6-speed automatic gearbox, the box is said to make “knocking noises” at high speeds. Interestingly, this seems to be a new problem, as it was not mentioned at the first delay.

Investors were unhappy with the news and sent Great Wall stock, listed in Shanghai, down 17% yesterday.

Some Chinese media are quoting ‘Great Wall insiders’ saying that the new delay will last until late this year or  early next year, but nothing has been officially confirmed.

The H8 is the most expensive car ever developed by Great Wall, with a base price of about 200.000 yuan or 32.000 USD. Power comes from a 2.0 turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine with 218hp and 324nm.



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  1. TurboJaySmith- May 15, 2014 Reply

    This thing is a joke.

    1. justice_first- May 15, 2014 Reply

      this is actually a blessing, that the car is not on sale yet. Why? Great Wall will now have a chance to do it right. It may take some time, but it will be a wake up call to all Chinese car makers, no doubt, to put qjuality first. If they all heed this warning, Chinese cars will certainly have even better future than before the incident.

      The question is : will they heed this warning? The likelihood is yes. This will be their lives, their future, and they will 100% treat this as a most serious warning, and a reminder that quality is always going to be of critical importance.

      I have no doubt that this is a blessing.

      1. dragin- May 16, 2014 Reply

        Yes, it seems the recent recall calamities encountered by market leaders Toyota and GM have not been lost on Great Wall. And hopefully the other Chinese makers are watching closely as well.

  2. Thursday morning car news roundup, May 15, 2014 | Daily Kanban- May 15, 2014 Reply

    […] Haval H8 delayed again, probably indefinitely – CarNewsChina.com: Great Wall Motors has announced another unspecified delay for the troubled Haval H8 SUV, with wild rumors going around on the Chinese interwebs that the delay is “indefinitely”. The Haval H8 was delayed for the first time in January after automotive journalists found serious shortcomings. […]

    1. justice_first- May 15, 2014 Reply

      yes, you are right, this is a set back. The shortcomings are being tackled.
      The hope is this will be a good chance for Great Wall to really treat all shortcomings most seriously, now and in the futures. Great cars are made this way. The most important element is the will to make it right the next time. China is very young in developing its own brands, and it is the sooner the better that it learn the wise way.

      First you must accept your shortcomings, and clearly Great Wall is prepared to face them without reservation.

  3. mike- May 16, 2014 Reply

    too ambicious project from gwm

  4. tony- May 18, 2014 Reply

    the key is auto technologies.

  5. Damian- September 28, 2014 Reply

    218HP? That is very under-powered for a SUV of that size.

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