Haval set to release new hybrid

COMING … The Tank 300 is one of many new GWM products destined for South Africa this year. Photo: IOL

Once you’ve managed to pass the intense security scrutiny when you land in China, there’s a whole new world waiting to leave you aghast.

That’s especially true when it comes to cars, as we found out when we visited the Shanghai Motor Show as guests of GWM recently.

Think almost 27 million cars sold in 2022 and you get an idea of how big the industry is in this part of the world.

It’s a country with an interesting dynamic, with new coal-fired power stations going up at an incredible rate on the one hand and authorities pushing New Energy Vehicles with zeal.

So much so that car registration plates are coloured according to emissions and top of the pile is the green one that allows you to drive every day and good old-fashioned ICE cars at the bottom which are only allowed to be driven two or three days a week. Fortunately, we’re familiar with GWM and their local offerings with the Haval, P-Series and workhorse Steed, and now added to the list is Ora, the GWM EV offering.

Confirmed for South Africa is the Ora 300, 400 and 400 GT.

The 300 is a funky little hatchback that could potentially be the affordable electric vehicle that South Africa has been waiting for.

Local spec has not been confirmed yet, but it’s likely that they will all have the same drivetrains, with the GT showing off some sporty livery.

GWM threw the cat among the bakkie pigeons when they launched the P-Series (or Poer in China, which is now a sub-brand) with its competitive pricing and specification list.

That trend is likely to continue with the larger Shanhai confirmed for local consumption. Currently, there is a 2,0-litre petrol hybrid in South Africa for homologation, but there is also a strong rumour that a 2,4-litre turbo diesel mill is waiting in the wings.

There was talk at the auto show of updating the Steed, which has been around for a while ,but no specification has been made public yet.
Tank, another sub-brand in the group, is also set to make its debut locally with the 300 and 500 models.

Aimed directly at the traditional big guns in the 4×4 SUV market, GWM clearly sees space for another luxury vehicle in that segment.

Current specification has both fitted with a 2,0-litre petrol hybrid engine, but at the GWM test track in Baoding, we were driven around the high-speed oval in a 500 fitted with a twin-turbo petrol V6.

Please GWM, we’re asking nicely.

Also confirmed for South Africa is the Haval Dargo, an adventure all-wheel-drive SUV.

Keep an eye on IOL Motoring as we dig deeper into the offerings that GWM will be sending our way from the Shanghai Motor Show.

One thing’s for certain though, a lot of them will be new energy vehicles. – IOL Motoring

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