GAC Motor Company Ltd. is a Chinese automobile manufacturer that was established in July 2008. It was dubbed the sixth-largest passenger car producer in the Chinese market in 2009. In 2018, the GAC brand officially entered the Philippines, bringing a wide lineup of vehicles with many different body applications.
The brand produces passenger cars, distributed in the Philippines by Astara Philippines. Astara is a mobility company that has a vast selection of services and products. Present in Spain, Germany, Portugal, Austria, Belgium, Finland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, and Peru. Astara Philippines, along with the entire Astara brand represents 30 car brands including GAC.
GAC Motor has a wide array of vehicles on offer to the Philippine market, from sedans, and crossovers to minivans, there is a GAC vehicle for almost any application. The GA4 and GA8 are the sedan offerings, while the crossovers in the lineup are the GS3, GS4, and GS8. The lone minivan in the lineup is the GN8. Meanwhile, the GN6 introduced in 2021 fills the role of GAC’s entry to the MPV market.
To bolster its strong lineup, and to address the demand for subcompact crossovers in the Philippines, GAC has decided to bring in its GS3 crossover in 2019, which can either have a naturally-aspirated or a turbocharged engine, depending on the variant.
In January 2023, GAC launched the sleek, performance-oriented Empow sports sedan along with the second generation of the GS8 SUV. Further adding variety to the already extensive GAC lineup.
Some models like the GA4, don’t have letter designations. Instead, the engine is what separates the variants as well as the transmission. No names are also given to models with only one variant such as the GM8 and GS4. For the rest of the lineup, GAC uses GS, GE, and GL designations, with GS being the more basic, the GE being the mid-tier, and GL being high-end.