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The Dakar Rally is the world’s toughest and longest rally known as a game for the brave. The Dakar Rally (Le Dakar in French), formerly the Paris-Dakar Rally, is known to the world as the harshest and the most adventurous race. Since the opening of its first in Paris in 1979, the race has drawn close attention from 500 million people. As of 2013, apart from the edition cancelled for reason of security in 2008, 35 editions had been staged successfully. Every year sees a champion in the motorcycle category, the car category and the truck category each.

  • 2013Review of the Haval Dakar Rally

  • 2011Review of the Haval Dakar Rally

  • 2012Review of the Haval Dakar Rally

  • 2010Review of the Haval Dakar Rally


Galloping Haval racecar


On January 5, 2013, the 2013 Dakar Rally opened with a new outlook, bringing together a record 459 competitors from 53 countries. For the first time, the race kicked off in Lima along the Pacific coast, took competitors southwards and wound up in Santiago on January 20 (Chile Time). HAVAL Dakar Team made its fourth presence, giving free rein to its overall strength once again. After a 15-day and 9,000-kilometer arduous journey, the team showcases its tremendous strength with a record sixth place, thus becoming a non-negligible emerging force in world top races.

The Dakar Rally is a race full of challenges, HAVAL Dakar Team tried to show its spirit of challenging while going all out for good results in its fourth competition in the race. After a baptism in the 2013 Dakar Rally, the third-generation Haval racecar has ranked among world top racecars technically, showing its professional quality in practice.

On January 16, 2012, after weeks of competition, the 2012 Dakar Rally wound up in Lima, capital of Peru. HAVAL Dakar Team finished 6th, setting a record of Chinese teams.

Only 78 out of 171 cars finished the 2012 Dakar Rally, with a finish rate of 45 percent. Thus, the 2012 edition was also considered as the toughest one after the rally moved to South America in 2009. The fact that all Chinese teams finished the 2012 Dakar Rally showed they no longer played a supporting role in the rally. Remarkably, HAVAL Dakar Team achieved a record 6th place. Through the 2012 Dakar Rally, the team has demonstrated its leading role among Chinese teams and earned Haval SUV a global reputation. When two HAVAL Dakar Racecars ran off the podium on the Plaza de Armas in Lima, Haval's third Dakar journey drew to an end. Three appearances in the Dakar Rally have earned Haval SUV the fame of weathering the test of the Dakar Rally and paid off with the enhancement of Haval's global popularity and praise from more consumers.

In 2011, after 16 days of competition, Haval finished 22nd overall by its solid quality, ahead of other Chinese teams, drawing worldwide attention. 140 cars competed in the car category of the 2011 Dakar Rally, but only 39 percent (55 cars) took the podium. Such a low finish rate proved the cruelty of the race once again: with a full length of 9,500 kilometers, including a special section of some 6,000 kilometers, the track stretched across Argentina and Chile, and covered the world's longest mountains, highest volcanoes and highest sand dunes. In such a tough competition, cars' leading technical strength, outstanding quality and superior off-road performance laid a solid foundation for competitors to soar in the Dakar. Via the rally, Haval SUV's outstanding performance was brought into full play in the 2011 Dakar Rally, competing with world top brands showed the high quality of Haval SUV up to international standards.
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