HAVAL JOLION S 1.5T

Jolion is the smallest of Haval’s SUVs and by virtue of this fact it is also the cheapest. The range was expanded with the addition of a sporty S model in late November that, with a swag of black bits, sounds a lot like the earlier Vanta. But this time around there’s a more powerful turbocharged engine together with a more sophisticated rear suspension setup to justify the sporty persona — and it’s pretty good. Jolion is not a bad looking bus either, with its short rump, long bonnet and… Read more

CHINESE CHECKERS – THE PLAYERS AND STAYERS

It’s been more than a decade since the launch of the first Chinese-branded car in Australia. That vehicle was of course the first Great Wall ute way back in 2009, pitched at bang-for-your-buck tradies. Since then, a number of Chinese brands have come and gone, but three manufacturers stand out as the stickarounds. They are the aforementioned Great Wall, as well as LDV which launched here in 2014 and MG which joined the fray quite late in proceedings in 2017. Last year 1,049,831 new vehicles were sold in Australia. With… Read more

MORE POWER, LESS FUEL FROM NEW HAVAL JOLION S

Chinese carmaker GMW / Haval has added a new variant to its Jolion small SUV that provides extra grunt but uses less fuel than the other models in its range. The new Jolion S gets these twin benefits a new 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine which delivers 130kW and 270Nm, a 20kW / 50Nm increase over the rest of the Jolion range. The new engine is mated to GWM’s seven-speed dual clutch transmission and provides combined cycle fuel consumption of 7.5 litres per 100km, an improvement of 0.6 litres per 100km… Read more

HAVAL H6 HYBRID ULTRA

Five years ago I wrote that the Haval H6 was the best Chinese-built cat that I had driven so far. Designed by Frenchman Pierre Leclercq, who penned BMW’s X6 the mid-sized SUV impressed with its contemporary muscular design, 2.0-litre turbo, twin-clutch auto and excellent fit and finish. It had the performance to match too, remaining flat with plenty of grip in corners. With some work it had the potential to do big things for the company which was then a new player. So, I was super excited to finally catch… Read more

HAVAL H6 ULTRA HYDRID

Haval H6 Hybrid was our road test vehicle for the past week. It teams with other models in the range from the Chinese marque and offers owners strong performance with the combination of good looks and a practical carrying capacity. As with all Havals the H6 Hybrid comes with a seven-year / unlimited kilometre warranty. This is a very strong selling point and, as we have commented on in the past, it’s surprising that most competitors haven’t tried to match or exceed it. STYLING Haval H6 Hybrid has a distinctly… Read more

JOLION HYBRID QUICK TO MAKE UP FOR HIP-POCKET HIT

Jolion has jumped on to the small-to-medium electric sports utility vehicle bandwagon with a petrol / electric hybrid topping out the range as the single specification Ultra model. With a starting price of $40,990 drive away, $7000 more than its equivalent petrol sibling, the Chinese Great Wall Motors sourced-Haval Ultra is at odds with its economic running cost raison d’etre. There are, however, some sweeteners. The hybrid Ultra has unique features such as a new front grille, LED lamps and fog lights with blue accents, and bumper, a new rear… Read more

GREAT WALL MOTORS CANNON UTE

The name Great Wall immediately identifies the origins of the range of utilities that first went on sale here in 2009. They were the first serious attempt by Chinese automakers to gain a foothold into the Australian market. That original Great Wall dual cab 4×4 ute initially made a name for itself with a sub- $30,000 drive-away price. The later model, named the Steed, continued the trend, just, at $29,990. While plenty of tradies took the opportunity to cut their costs, they did so with an element of risk, given… Read more

GWM JOLION HYBRID DETAILS

GWM Australia has provided details of its Jolion Hybrid Electric Vehicles. It will be powered by an all-new 1.5-litre 4G15H Hybrid engine combined with a dedicated hybrid transmission. The combined output of the two power sources will be 139 kW and 375 Nm of torque. Fuel consumption is rated 5.0 litres per 100km. The Jolion HEV will feature a new front grille, new front LED and fog lights with blue accents, new front and rear bumpers, and a redesigned rear spoiler. It will ride on 18-inch alloy wheels. The Jolion… Read more

HAVAL JOLION ULTRA

Jolion is the latest offering in an expanding range of SUVs from Chinese manufacturer Haval GWM. By the way, Jolion means ‘first love’ in Chinese. You remember them, the guys that got the tradies all hot and bothered back in 2009 with cheap utes, followed soon after by the X200/X240 SUV based on the same platform. It was all about the price, but safety soon became an issue and the brand disappeared off the lots for a while it addressed this problem. A couple of years ago Great Wall Motors… 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