Europe Wrangles The Wingle

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

What’s a Wingle? It’s Great Wall’s Chinese-made entry in the “World Pickup” segment, taking on Ford’s Global Ranger, Toyota’s HiLux, Nissan’s Navara, Mahindra’s Scorpio Pik-Up and more. Having been limited to sales in Iraq, Australia, Chile, South Africa, Algeria, Syria, Uruguay, Russia and Saudi Arabia, Automotive News [sub] reports that Great Wall has wangled the Wingle into the European market by establishing a beachhead in Italy with a 2.0 diesel version. Obligatory crash-test video after the jump…

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  • Blowfish Blowfish on Jun 26, 2011

    so when it'll be on this side of the pacific?

  • Acubra Acubra on Jun 26, 2011

    As was the case with quite a few Chinese offers before that, there may be a huge difference between the Chinese crash test results and DEKRA (German testing body) test results. As well, Chinese cars are not famous for longevity, I will be surprised if one would last past 4-5 years mark with the usual to here operating routine. Just another Mahindrance, a piece of news for a slow news day.

  • Infinitime Infinitime on Jun 26, 2011

    Really? Do you have any actual experience with Chinese trucks? I've spent my time behind the wheel of ChangFeng and ZhongXing pick-ups while working in various parts of the world. Both of these marques have proven to be much more rugged than the last Nissan Frontier I had stateside. I can't say for Great Wall, but clearly, the ZhongXing is on par with the early 80s Toyota I used to have for longevity. Chinese cars may lack sophistication (think early 90's Korean quality), but their trucks are nothing to sneeze at. Interestingly, the Libyan rebels seem to agree:

  • Bryce Bryce on Jun 27, 2011

    I see these running around as for longevity they cant be worse than American cars surely