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GAC Motors unveils GS8 4WD at 3-day Discovery Drive Fest

GAC Motors unveils GS8 4WD at 3-day Discovery Drive Fest

Alvin Uy

Capping off a seven-month and 276-percent year-on-year growth with 825 vehicles sold, GAC Motor Philippines held a three-day mall display and customer test drive event at the Glorietta 2, Ayala Center, Makati City this weekend.  The event allows customers to experience firsthand the innovation, quality and craftsmanship that GAC Motor vehicles are renowned for, said Franz Decloedt, marketing director of Astara Philippines, parent company of GAC Motor Philippines.

“We are elated to celebrate our exceptional seven-month streak in sales performance, which is a testament to our team’s hard work, innovation, and the trust our customers have in us. Our brand’s dedication to delivering cutting-edge vehicles that cater to the evolving needs and preferences of our Filipino customers has been the driving force behind this impressive sales trajectory,” Decloedt added.

Ribbon cutting ceremony of the event with Calvin Cheng of GAC International (China) and Raoul Picello, managing director of Astara Philippines

Dubbed as: “The GAC Discovery Drive Fest”, Raoul Picello, managing director of Astara Philippines, formally opened the three-day event with a ribbon cutting ceremony in the presence of special guests.

The GAC Discovery Drive Fest is held from August 25-27, 2023.

“I extend my heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has played a role in our success story – our customers who have chosen to drive with us, our partners who have supported our endeavors, and our dedicated team members who have worked tirelessly to make this all possible,” said Picello.

The event also saw the preview of the all-new GS8 4WD seven-seater SUV, the brand’s flagship SUV. The GS8 was initially offered as a 2WD variant, but with the more premium spec 4WD variant, it gives customers a more upscale option.

“The GS8 has had tremendous success since being launched in the Philippines and continues to be one of our bestselling nameplates.  It is masterfully-designed to exude confidence on the road and is perfect for customers seeking distinction and refinement in their SUV,” added Decloedt.

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(L-R) Calvin Cheng from GAC International (China), GAC ambassador and celebrity Dingdong Dantes and Franz Decloedt, marketing director of Astara Philippines

The GS8 is a full-size seven-seater flagship SUV and both the 4WD variant is expected to have the same features as the 2WD but with some enhancements, such as additional drive modes for various terrains, a 10-speaker Alpine Sound System, and a ventilated front central armrest compartment.

The GS8 4WD SUV will be offered at a special introductory price of P 2,548,000 and will have a special discount of P100,000 which is valid until September 30th 2023.  All GAC units come with a five-year warranty.

GAC now has 16 dealerships in these locations: Alabang, Bacoor, Batangas City, Butuan, Cainta, Cebu, Davao, E. Rodriguez Ave. (New Manila), Iloilo, Lipa City, Makati, Manila Bay, Pampanga, Pasig, Quezon Avenue, and Tarlac. It also recently announced that it will be opening its new facility in Bacolod by end of third quarter. For more information, visit