Chinese brand arrives
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.