Haval H2 and H6

The big­gest SUV man­u­fac­turer you might not have heard of just ar­rived in NZ re­ports Damien O’car­roll

New Zealand Company Vehicle - - FROM THE EDITOR -

It says a lot about the cur­rent record health of car sales in New Zealand that we have seen not one, but three new car brands launch in New Zealand so far this year. Lux­ury brand In­finiti landed here ear­lier this year, while VW Audi group’s Span­ish brand Seat will be of­fi­cially launch­ing around the time you read this. But pos­si­bly the most sig­nif­i­cant player to ap­pear in the lo­cal mar­ket is one you may well not even have heard of, and that is Haval. Why is Haval so sig­nif­i­cant to the New Zealand mar­ket? Well, Haval – a sub­sidiary of Great Wall – started life in 2002 and is cur­rently the largest SUV man­u­fac­turer in China, hav­ing had the num­ber one sell­ing SUV slot in China for 15 years run­ning. This alone is enough to make its top sell­ing model, the H6, the 4th big­gest sell­ing SUV in the world, and the Haval brand re­cently ranked as the 4th most valu­able SUV brand glob­ally in a re­cent Brand Fi­nance val­u­a­tion. Started by Great Wall to be a high-spec SUV brand, Haval started ex­pand­ing glob­ally in 2015 and now has a pres­ence in more than 30 coun­tries world­wide and is es­tab­lish­ing R&D cen­tres in Ger­many, Ja­pan, In­dia and the USA. Haval launches into New Zealand with two mod­els, the small H2 and the mid-size H6. The H2 is avail­able in Pre­mium ($25,990) and Lux ($27,990) ver­sions and is pow­ered by a 110kw/210nm 1.5-litre petrol turbo en­gine hooked up to a six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. The Pre­mium comes stan­dard with 18inch al­loy wheels, key­less en­try and start, a touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem with Blue­tooth stream­ing, a sun­roof, cruise con­trol, an au­to­matic park­ing brake, rain-sens­ing wipers, au­to­matic head­lights, hill hold as­sist, tyre pres­sure mon­i­tor­ing, park­ing sen­sors and a back­ing cam­era. The Lux adds dual zone cli­mate con­trol, heated ar­ti­fi­cial leather elec­tric seats, heated elec­tric mir­rors and a kerb­side cam­era. The H6 also comes in Pre­mium ($30,990) and Lux ($34,990) ver­sions and is pow­ered by a 145kw/315nm 2.0-litre petrol turbo en­gine, again hooked up to a six-speed auto. The H6 Pre­mium comes stan­dard with 17inch al­loy wheels, dual zone cli­mate con­trol, blind spot mon­i­tor­ing, an elec­trochromic rear view mir­ror, key­less en­try and start, tyre pres­sure mon­i­tor­ing, heated and fold­ing elec­tric mir­rors, front and rear park­ing sen­sors, rear pri­vacy glass, a rear view cam­era and blind spot mon­i­tor­ing. The H2 Lux adds 19-inch al­loy wheels, a panoramic sun­roof with an elec­tric blind, xenon head­lights, a sub-woofer for the au­dio sys­tem, heated heated ar­ti­fi­cial leather elec­tric seats, heated rear seats and a kerb­side cam­era. Haval launches into the lo­cal mar­ket with three deal­ers based in Auck­land, Christchurch and Dunedin, with more ex­pected be­fore the end of this year. The com­pany also plans to launch the large 4WD seven-seat H9 model later this year, with the seven-seat H7 driv­ing in 2018.

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