Chi­nese brand ar­rives

Sunday Star-Times - - SPORT -

It’s not com­mon for a new car brand to be launched in New Zealand, but this year we have seen sev­eral. The lat­est is Chi­nese SUV brand Haval.

A sub­sidiary of Great Wall, Haval started life in 2002 and is cur­rently the largest SUV man­u­fac­turer in China.

Haval en­ters the Kiwi mar­ket 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.

Both mod­els come stan­dard with al­loy wheels, key­less en­try and start, touch-screen in­fo­tain­ment and a sun­roof.

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, with a six-speed au­to­mated dual-clutch gear­box. Both mod­els of H6 add dual zone cli­mate con­trol, front and rear park­ing sen­sors, a rear view cam­era and blind spot mon­i­tor­ing to the H2’s stan­dard equip­ment list.

The Lux mod­els of both the H2 and H6 add heated elec­tric seats, Com­fort-Tek (fake leather) up­hol­stery and a kerb­side cam­era, while the H6 Lux also scores a panoramic sun­roof, heated rear seats and Xenon head­lights.

Haval has three deal­ers: Auck­land, Christchurch and Dunedin, with more ex­pected be­fore the end of this year.


H6 is the larger of two Havals be­ing launched here - and China’s num­berone SUV model.

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