A Warm Welcome to Mr Phil Li
May etched a new notch in the journey of Haval Motors South Africa. This month sees a change in the leadership as Mr. Charles Zhao relocates to head up the Australian market as their Managing Director. Mr. Charles Zhao played a pivotal role in establishing Haval in the South African market. He was actively involved when GWM was imported through a distributor from 2007 to 2015 and then established Haval Motors South Africa in 2015, as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Great Wall Motors China.
Haval Motors South Africa (HMSA) achieved great success under Mr. Charles Zhao’s leadership and the manufacturer exceeded seemingly impossible targets. Since May 2017, sales of the now household name brand Haval, climbed steadily as more and more South Africans continue to choose Haval. In January 2020 Haval sold a record 1083 units placing them amongst the top ten brands in South Africa.
The H2 has been one of Haval South Africa’s most successful models selling nearly 7500 since launch. In January 2020 alone, over 500 units were sold, making it one of the top three best-selling small SUVs in South Africa.
Mr. Charles Zhao leaves us with this message: “I am sad to leave the South African market as it has become a great part of my life and I have shared so much with every one of you in South Africa, you have become family. So my final farewell will be: Baie dankie en totsiens, ek sien julle weer.” (Thank you very much, goodbye and see you again)
Mr. Phil Li will be taking over as HMSA’s new Managing Director as of May 2020. Mr. Phil Li has been with Great Wall Motor Corporation China for 13 Years and comes to us from successfully running the Middle Eastern market and its distributors. The Middle Eastern sales and marketing efforts have grown at a strong and noticeable pace. South Africa welcomes the possibility of the new and groundbreaking ideas that Mr Li is sure to bring to our market.
Haval Edenvale would like to extend a warm welcome to Mr. Phil Li and assure him of our support and continued commitment to HAVAL and GWM in South Africa. We are excited and confident that he will do great things for HMSA.
We extend our appreciating to Mr. Charles Zhao for his continued and unwavering dedication to making GWM and Haval successful in South Africa. We wish him every success in his endeavors and his career with Great Wall Motors Corporation China.