Chi­nese SUV brand here in Au­gust

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CHI­NESE SUV BRAND, HAVAL, WILL EN­TER the New Zealand mar­ket in Au­gust.

Haval has been China’s top-sell­ing SUV name­plate since its launch in 2002, and is a sis­ter brand to ute maker, Great Wall.

Haval will launch the com­pact H2 and medium-sized H6 mod­els in Au­gust, and the all-new seven-seat H7 will fol­low soon af­ter.

There’s no word yet on whether the more up­mar­ket H9 will be sold in New Zealand.

The up­graded H9 which goes on sale in Aus­tralia later this year, has a fully-au­to­matic ZF eight-speed au­to­matic gear­box and a 2.0-litre tur­bocharged engine de­vel­op­ing180 kw and 350Nm.

Changes to the run­ning gear re­duce fuel con­sump­tion by 10 per­cent to 11 litres/100km.

Blind Spot Mon­i­tor­ing and Lane De­par­ture Warn­ing have been added to Pre­mium and LUX grades H9s, and 18-inch al­loy wheels are stan­dard on both

The H2 will be sharply-priced and is likely to have 18-inch al­loy wheels, a sun­roof, sev­eninch touch-screen, re­vers­ing cam­era, rear park­ing sen­sors, key­less en­try, key­less start, cruise con­trol, au­to­matic wipers, au­to­matic head­lights and Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity with au­dio stream­ing.

Its tur­bocharged 1.5-litre petrol engine de­vel­ops 110kw of max­i­mum power and peak torque of 210Nm of torque. It’s mated to a sixspeed man­ual gear­box.

Safety kit in­cludes six airbags, ESC, ac­tive head­rests and a tyre pres­sure mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem.

The H6 is Haval’s big­gest sell­ing model and its first to be fit­ted with a fast-shift­ing dual clutch trans­mis­sion.

The Ge­trag Pow­er­shift 6DCT451 trans­mis­sion is mated to a 145kw engine.

The gear­box has three shafts and two clutches (wet dou­ble clutch), con­trolled by elec­tron­ics and hy­draulics.

The trans­mis­sion has a di­vided in­put shaft with a clutch for each shaft that works in­de­pen­dently of the other. The first clutch trans­mits power to the in­put shaft for the odd gears (first, third, fifth, and re­verse), and the sec­ond con­trols power to the in­put shaft for the even gears (sec­ond, fourth, and sixth).

A con­trol unit con­stantly mon­i­tors in­for­ma­tion from mul­ti­ple in­puts in­clud­ing throt­tle po­si­tion, engine and road speed to de­ter­mine the op­ti­mum shift point.

The gears are pre-se­lected, with one clutch en­sur­ing the cur­rent gear ends up in the cor­rect po­si­tion while the other clutch si­mul­ta­ne­ously pre­pares the next gear.

Haval says the set-up means the power trans­fer from the engine to the trans­mis­sion is not in­ter­rupted when shift­ing, which takes just hun­dredths of a sec­ond. That al­lows shift­ing to take place while un­der load, main­tain­ing a per­ma­nent power trans­fer. The driver can over­ride it by en­gag­ing a man­ual model.

“The SUV mar­ket con­tin­ues to grow in New Zealand and we’re con­fi­dent the Haval range can be a key player here,” says Haval mar­ket­ing man­ager, Tim Smith.

“While other man­u­fac­tur­ers are spread­ing their tal­ents across a wide range of ve­hi­cles and plat­forms, Haval is fo­cus­ing and spe­cial­is­ing. the fastest grow­ing au­to­mo­tive sec­tor in the world.

“We sold more than one mil­lion ve­hi­cles in 2016 and have been named the world’s most pow­er­ful SUV brand by lead­ing busi­ness val­u­a­tion firm Brand Fi­nance,” said Smith.

Top: Haval H2 will be sharply-priced when in launches lo­cally in Au­gust. Be­low: Haval H2 has con­tem­po­rary SUV lines (left). H6 is first Haval to be fit­ted with an au­to­mated man­ual gear­box big­gest-sell­ing model (right). (cen­tre). H6 is Chi­nese brand...

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