Australia’s Next Electric Car Brand Confirmed! Great Wall Motors launches e-offensive in 2022 – car news
Great Wall Motors let the cat out of the bag after confirming it will launch the long-rumored electronics sub-brand Ora in Australia in 2022.
The confirmation came direct from the parent company of Great Wall Motors Australia in a press release highlighting the strengths of the Australian and New Zealand markets.
In it, GWM said that the first electric model would soon arrive in Australia.
“In the wake of the overwhelming wave of electrification as one of the key areas of Great Wall Motor’s global strategic map, the Australian market has prospectively determined the supply of electrified products and embarked on the ‘fully charged’ journey of electrification,” read release.
A spokesman for GWM Australia said the company was not in a position to officially confirm anything at this point as it was still working on plans with headquarters, but an announcement would be made shortly.
However, AutosGuide expects the all-electric Ora brand to launch in Australia in 2022, with the Good Cat expected to be the first model to hit the market.
The Ora Good Cat is a small hatchback that sits somewhere between a Volkswagen ID.3 and a Nissan Leaf in terms of dimensions.
Ora has already confirmed plans to launch the Ora Good Cat in Europe as Ora Cat in 2022, after starting sales in Thailand a few months ago. In its home market of China it is called Ora Haomao.
The Good Cat will be homologated for right-hand drive markets and will be the first in a line of models to eventually come under the Ora umbrella in Australia.
While GWM Australia Ora has yet to confirm, the Good Cat will roll silently into local showrooms in mid-2022.
The retro look Good Cat drives on the curiously named LEMON platform from GWM and uses a 126 kW / 250 Nm drive train that drives the front wheels and a 63 kWh battery. The expected range is up to 400 kilometers according to the WLTP standard and is thus longer than the entry-level versions of the Nissan Leaf (315km) and Hyundai Ioniq Electric (373km).
It’s unclear what other Ora models are on the plan for Australia, but in China the brand also offers the small Black Cat and White Cat models, as well as the jacked-up iQ, while newer concepts likely make it into production The Big Cat SUV and the Volkswagen Beetle copying Punk Cat are included.
It is also unclear whether Ora models will be sold in GWM / Haval dealerships in Australia or whether the company will opt for an online sales strategy.
If Ora launches the Good Cat it could help bring the price of electric vehicles down in Australia, or possibly even come out as the cheapest electric vehicle in Australia.
Other Chinese brands with aggressive EV plans include MG Motor, which is already selling the ZS EV SUV, and BYD, which currently has the cheapest EV in Australia with the e6 starting at $ 39,999, plus on-road costs, albeit in ridiculously small amounts.
Another yummy bite from the global GWM release is the confirmation of the Haval Jolion hybrid for Australia. The small SUV is already available down under with a 1.5-liter turbo gasoline engine at prices ranging from $ 26,490 to $ 31,990.
The hybrid will help Haval compete with other gasoline-electric small SUVs like the Toyota C-HR, Kia Niro, Subaru XV, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV), and the next-generation Nissan Qashqai and Honda HR-V , both due in 2022.
The Jolion Hybrid uses the same 1.5 liter engine paired with an electric motor with 140 kW / 375 Nm and has a fuel consumption of 4.2 liters per 100 km.
It is slated to land in the first half of 2022, after the hybrid version of the mid-size SUV H6.