GWM (Nice Wall Motors) is one among China’s fastest-growing carmakers, with 2021 gross sales nudging 1.3 million autos and a acknowledged objective of 4 million yearly by 2025.
While its 2021 tally pales compared to trade leaders resembling Toyota, the Chinese language model however recorded a year-on-year development charge of 15.2 per cent, fairly spectacular throughout a pandemic with a world semiconductor scarcity.
Like different massive Chinese language carmakers resembling Geely and SAIC, GWM sells fashions below a secure of manufacturers.
These have already got a longtime presence in Australia, by fashions such because the GWM Ute, and Haval H6 and Jolion that compete straight with SAIC-owned rival MG.
Subsequent comes Ora, a model to cater for youthful clients who could also be extra targeted on driving greener autos. It is the topic of our newest model overview targeted on Chinese language carmakers.
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Ora: Temporary historical past
GWM launched the Ora model in August 2018, following a claimed near-decade of analysis and evaluation into the ‘new power car’ market, and the way it may differentiate itself.
In Mandarin, the phrase ‘Ora’ bears a resemblance to ‘Euler’, and the model was certainly named after the well-known Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler, on the premise that arithmetic is prime to innovation and technological progress.
As well as, GWM claims Ora as an acronym represents model pillars of being ‘Open’, ‘Dependable’ and ‘Different’.
The Ora model has been led since inception by GWM govt Ning Shuyong, with its first mannequin being the 2018 Ora iQ. A high-riding sedan bearing some styling similarity to the Polestar 2, the iQ encompasses a 47kWh battery and a 120kW motor powering the entrance wheels, with a claimed vary of 400km on the very optimistic NEDC cycle.
Present mannequin vary
Maybe consistent with its deal with youthful and extra modern patrons, Ora’s present mannequin lineup is called after numerous kinds of cats, although the iQ described earlier stays a mainstay in Ora’s home Chinese language lineup.
Under it sits the low-budget Black Cat metropolis automotive, vaguely resembling the Honda e or Sensible, and measuring a size of 3495mm. The Black Cat makes use of a boxy design and wheel at every nook stance to maximise inside house.
The Black Cat does compromise a bit on vary and energy within the identify of affordability, that includes a 33kWh battery paired with a entrance motor producing simply 35kW, for a claimed prime pace of round 100km/h and vary of round 300km on that lenient NEDC cycle .
Though this powertrain is unlikely to be appropriate for all markets, it’s excellent for congested Chinese language cities and different creating areas the place measurement and value are essential concerns.
To this extent, Ora has additionally produced a barely bigger and extra upmarket automotive primarily based round the same powertrain, branded Ora White Cat.
Having a extra upright stance with a passing resemblance to boxy SUVs such because the (now outmoded) Kia Soul, Toyota Rukus and Nissan Dice, the White Cat could be geared up with both a 34kWh or 38kWh battery, paired with a 35kW or 45kW entrance motor respectively.
Styled by GWM’s Yokohama-based Japanese design studio, the White Cat introduces design components resembling a honeycomb entrance grille, and a one-piece glass tailgate with built-in tail-lights.
Arguably crucial mannequin Ora sells is the Good Cat hatch, sized comparably with a Volkswagen Golf. That is the primary automotive the marque has designed to be exported and as such, appears to be like a big step up with regard to efficiency, vary, and security.
Within the Chinese language home market the Good Cat is accessible with both 48kWh or 59kWh batteries, and could be geared up with both a 105kW/210Nm or 126kW/250Nm entrance motor, with vary additionally various from 400-500km (as talked about above, these are optimistic NEDC cycle figures, with real-word vary more likely to be considerably much less).
Ora claims a 0-100 km/h acceleration of 8.5 seconds when geared up with the bigger motor.
Ora claims the Good Cat is supplied with the most recent Mobileye energetic security and driver help techniques, and encompasses a smartphone-esque Qualcomm Snapdragon processor to energy its infotainment system and digital instrument show.
After subsidies are utilized, in China the Good Cat begins from 103,900 yuan ($A21,400) and tops out at 160,900 yuan ($A33,400).
Ora has additionally previewed two idea vehicles that seem to largely be manufacturing prepared, and in addition observe a feline theme.
The primary of those is the Lightning Cat, a four-door GT fastback within the type of the unique Porsche Panamera, which Ora claims is supplied with Degree 3 autonomous driving techniques, in addition to luxurious options resembling particular person bucket seats for rear passengers and a panoramic glass roof.
No vary or battery particulars have at the moment been offered, other than a declare that the automotive will be capable of speed up from 0-100 km/h in roughly 4.0 seconds.
Exaggerating the theme established by the Good Cat, the appropriately named Punk Cat clearly mimics the traditional VW Beetle design. Though powertrain and efficiency particulars are unsure, it’s potential that the Punk Cat might share the Good Cat’s motor and battery pack.
The Punk Cat identify stays unconfirmed for any future manufacturing model, which can be known as the Ballet Cat as an alternative.
Export plans together with Australia
Not like another Chinese language EV start-ups specializing in ramping up home mass-production, being below the GWM umbrella implies that Ora already has the experience and scale to promote vehicles internationally.
GWM has certainly confirmed that it’s going to promote the Ora model in Australia, with a market launch set to happen within the second-half of 2022. Given the marque’s present lineup, it’s extremely seemingly that Ora will launch domestically with the Good Cat small hatch .
It could be renamed as Ora Cat, because it has been within the UK, the place deliveries are likewise anticipated in 2022 with pricing ranging from £25,000 ($A44,690) when geared up with a 58kWh battery.
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