H6 HYBRID IS HAVAL’S FIRST STEP TO AN ELECTRIC FUTURE

Chinese manufacturer, Great Wall Motors, has joined the electrification movement with the release of a petrol/ electric hybrid version of its Haval H6 mid-sized SUV. It comes to Australia in a single variant based on the top-spec petrol Ultra model with a high level of safety equipment and technology, priced very-competitively at $44,990 driveaway. STYLING The H6 Hybrid has a distinctly different frontal styling than the other models in the range and, to our eyes at least, it makes a significant difference. Two body-coloured side panels extend the grille to… Read more

HAVAL JOLION IS WELL-EQUIPPED AND GREAT VALUE

The growth in sales of Chinese vehicles continues to gain momentum. While the SAIC subsidiary, MG Motor, is leading the way with its big-selling SUVs the original breakthrough was made a decade ago with the Great Wall company targeting the tradie market with cheap workhorse utilities of questionable safety quality. Great Wall, now be re-branded as GWM, continues in the ute market with improved quality, but has now entered the booming SUV market with a three-vehicle range: the large H9, mid-sized H6 and the small-medium Jolion. Jolion comes with four… Read more

PRICE ADVANTAGE BUT JOLION LET DOWN BY LITTLE THINGS

Jolion sounds like one of those decent chaps in a Billy Bunter or Tom Brown’s Schooldays caper – a young toff in a starched collar and a top hat. It is, in fact, a compact sports utility vehicle from a Chinese company generally known for its cheap-as-chips workhorse utes. To add to the incongruity, we are told by the maker, Haval Great Wall Motors, Jolion is Chinese for ‘first love’. I suppose with a price range in the mid $20k, what’s not to love about the SUV. The ‘school bell’… Read more

2021 GWM HAVAL H6 LUX

The GWM Haval H6 has just arrived in Australia and is significantly better than the superseded model that we weren’t keen on prior to this. There’s no doubt the Chinese are very quick learners and are keen to be major players in the automotive world. This has resulted in greatly improved build quality control, as well as improvements in overall on-road dynamics. Cheap and cheerful is no longer the way that the Chinese are producing cars, or indeed other products, and the Haval H6 is an excellent example of this…. Read more

NEW HAVAL JOLION IS NOW IN AUSTRALIA

The first shipments of the Haval Jolion LE (Launch Edition) SUV have arrived into Australia. The LE is available in two grades initially, the mid-grade Lux and range-topping Ultra. Only 300 units are coming to Australia. The Jolion is built on the company’s new global lightweight modular platform which Haval says will provide a more refined and enjoyable driving experience. The Jolion LE has a chromed grille with horizontal accents to give it a premium impression to set it apart from future models. Power comes from a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine… Read more

HAVAL H6: NEW MODEL DETAILS

The new Haval H6 is about to land in Australia. It’s built on the all-new lightweight, global modular platform and will come in three grades. All are powered by a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine driving through a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. STANDARD FEATURES ON NEW HAVAL H6 PREMIUM:18-inch alloy wheelsLED headlamps, DRL taillights, and rear foglights10.25-inch colour LED instrument cluster10.25-inch colour multimedia touchscreenApple CarPlay and Android AutoSeven airbags including front-centre airbagAutonomous Emergency Braking (with pedestrian and bicycle detectionLane Departure WarningLane Keep AssistTraffic Sign RecognitionLane Change Assist with Blind Spot MonitoringDriver Fatigue… Read more

NEW HAVAL H6 IS ON ITS WAY TO AUSTRALIA

An All-New Haval H6 medium SUV will go on sale in Australia in the second quarter of this year. Local testing has been underway for some time, though at this stage the Chinese maker won’t advise what changes have been made for our market. Simply saying that details will be provided at the time of its release to the press. Sitting on a completely new lightweight modular platform, the H6 will be the most technologically advanced SUV in the marque’s history. What we do know at this time is that… Read more

HAVAL H2-OH: THE WATERED-DOWN WAGON

Haval’s ongoing improvement of the H2 sees the small sports utility vehicle pick up a range of advanced automotive systems. However, the Chinese-made compact SUV continues to fall short of the best in breed, such as the Mitsubishi ASX and Mazda CX-3. What it does not lag behind in is the pricing, which can add up to $5000 or more for the entry-level model – in this case the Haval City 2WD manual at $19,990. The automatic City on test adds $1000. Standard features include keyless entry and start, reverse… Read more

HAVAL H9 HEAVY LIFTING; PRICES STAY PUT

US President Donald Trump may be ramping up the trade war with China, all the while the Asian manufacturing megalith continuing to wheel out the big guns in the global automobile market. Latest additions to its Haval H9 put the heavy-metal sports utility vehicle up against some of the world’s best in the premium SUV market at prices the opposition can only dream about. Continuing its foray into the seven-seater four-wheel drive SUV, the Chinese automobile manufacturer has added to an extensive suite of safety features without lifting he price… Read more

HAVAL H2 CHASING MORE SALES

Chinese car maker Haval hasn’t had a lot of success in the Australian sales race with its smallest SUV, the Haval H2. So has begun a marketing campaign that sees price drops, added equipment and name changes to the model lineup. The H2 entry model’s title has been changed from MT to City. Pricing is extremely sharp, with the six-speed manual offered at just $19,990 driveaway. The six-speed automatic has a recommended retail just $1000 more, that is $20,990 driveaway. Standard features include 18-inch alloys, keyless entry and start, privacy… Read more