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Great Wall Peri
Great Wall Peri
Manufacturer Great Wall Motor Company
Production 2008—present
Class City car
LAV
Engine(s) 1342 cc straight-4 DOHC Petrol
Wheelbase 2,299 mm (90.5 in)[1]
Curb weight 1,015 kg (2,238 lb)[1]
Designer TJ Innova Engineering & Technology Co., Ltd.[2]
The Great Wall Peri (
中文:
) is a city car and Leisure Activity Vehicle (LAV), produced by the Chinese automobile manufacturer Great Wall Motor since 2008. The Peri is being sold in several countries of Asia. One of the main advantages against established European, American and other Asian rivals is the low cost of the Peri compared to these.

Design and engineeringEdit

One of the reasons for the in comparison low retail price of the Great Wall Peri is that it is based heavily on older models by other manufactures. The entry-level motor is supplied by Mitsubishi and both the interior and exterior resemble the second-generation Fiat Panda.

Environmental and safety testEdit

One of the main problems Chinese cars face are the European safety and environmental regulations that need to be met. The Great Wall Peri complies with the Euro-III emissions standard.

Haval M1Edit

Great Wall Peri 4x4

Great Wall Peri 4x4.

Great Wall Motors also produce Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV) version called the Haval M1. It was previously known as the Peri 4x4.

Fiat Panda copy controversyEdit

In December 2006, Italian automaker Fiat considered taking legal action against Great Wall Motor, claiming the design of the Peri as being a copy of their popular second generation Panda.[3]

On July 16, 2008, a Turin court upheld Fiat's claim and banned the Peri from being imported into Europe.[4] In addition, the court order ruled for Great Wall Motors to pay Fiat a 15,000 euro fine for the first Peri imported, and an additional 50,000 euros for every subsequent car that was imported.[5]

However, on October 2009, Great Wall Motor sued Fiat, accusing the latter of espionage. In the lawsuit, Great Wall claims that "Fiat once instigated espionage to prowl into its research center and take photos of Peri small car that was still under development."[6]

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