Haval en­ters NZ with H2 and H6

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The big­gest SUV man­u­fac­turer you might not of heard of just ar­rived in NZ, re­ports Damien O’Car­roll 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 fourth big­gest sell­ing SUV in the world, and the Haval brand re­cently ranked as the fourth 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 18-inch 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 two-litre petrol turbo en­gine, again hooked up

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