Neta V

  • 2023 Neta V launched in Malaysia – 95 PS, 160 Nm, 380 km EV range; from RM100k; cheapest EV in Malaysia

    2023 Neta V launched in Malaysia – 95 PS, 160 Nm, 380 km EV range; from RM100k; cheapest EV in Malaysia

    The Neta V makes its official launch debut in Malaysia today after first being shown back in March this year. Distributed through Intro Synergy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GoAuto Group, the compact electric vehicle (EV) is priced at RM100,000 on-the-road without insurance.

    Included with each purchase is a five-year, 150,000-km for general components, while the body is covered by a 10-year, 200,000-km warranty. The high-voltage components such as the battery and onboard charger are covered by an eight-year, 180,000-km warranty. We’re getting the pre-facelift version of the Neta V, which is visually slightly different from the updated model announced in China a few months ago – it also gets a new name (Aya) there.

    If you’re curious about the dimensions, the Neta V measures 4,070 mm long, 1,690 mm wide, 1,540 mm tall and has a wheelbase spanning 2,420 mm. For context, the Perodua Myvi is 3,895 mm long, 1,735 mm wide, 1,515 mm tall and its wheelbase is 2,500 mm. The boot space is 335 litres, expandable to 552 litres with the rear seats folded down.

    The Neta V is equipped with a CATL-sourced ternary lithium battery with an energy capacity of 38.54 kWh that is good for a range of 380 km following the NEDC standard. The battery powers a front-mounted electric motor rated at 95 PS (94 hp or 70 kW) and 160 Nm, which enables a top speed of 120 km/h and a 0-50 km/h acceleration time of 3.9 seconds.

    2023 Neta V launched in Malaysia – 95 PS, 160 Nm, 380 km EV range; from RM100k; cheapest EV in Malaysia

    Both AC (Type 2) and DC (CCS2) charging are supported, the latter taking 30 minutes to get from a 20-80% state of charge at 100 kW. As for AC charging, it maxes out at 6.6 kW, with a full charge taking eight hours.

    The Neta V’s kit list includes 16-inch alloys (with 185/55 profile tyres), automatic halogen projector headlamps, LED DRLs, LED taillights, keyless entry and start, leatherette seat upholstery, a 12-inch digital instrument panel, automatic air-conditioning with a HEPA N95 air filter, an electronic parking brake and a reverse camera.

    On the infotainment front, there’s a 14.6-inch central touchscreen, with audio playback handled by a six-speaker sound system. Users will also be able to project their phone screen to the large, portrait-format screen should they wish. There’s also a dedicated USB port at the bottom of the rear-view mirror to power a dashcam.

    2023 Neta V launched in Malaysia – 95 PS, 160 Nm, 380 km EV range; from RM100k; cheapest EV in Malaysia

    In terms of safety equipment, the Neta V only comes with two airbags and the usual array of passive systems such as ABS, EBD, brake assist, traction control and ESC. No active driver assistance systems such autonomous emergency braking and lane keep assist here, but you do get hill start assist, a tyre pressure monitor and passive cruise control.

    Neta V buyers are also presented with two package options to complement their purchase. The first is called the EV Starter Package that includes a home charger (inclusive of installation), a vehicle-to-load (V2L) adapter, a powered tailgate, window tint film, an external air purifier, insurance and a body kit, the last of which is claimed to be exclusive to our market (pictured here).

    Meanwhile, the second option is an interest-free package of up to seven years, which we’re told is being offered in conjunction with a local bank as a hire purchase scheme. However, this is subject to terms and conditions and only those who are qualified will be able to pick this option. We’re also told that those who do qualify can also add on the first package as a cost option.

    2023 Neta V launched in Malaysia – 95 PS, 160 Nm, 380 km EV range; from RM100k; cheapest EV in Malaysia

    For now, the Neta V is arriving as fully-imported (CBU) EV from China, but it will soon be a locally-assembled (CKD) one following Careplus’ announced partnership with GoAuto to set up an assembly plant in Negeri Sembilan. The plan is to start assembling vehicles by the end of 2024,” Careplus executive director and group CEO Lim Kwee Shyan said previously, so it’ll be a while before we get the Neta V in CKD form.

    With today’s launch, the Neta V is officially the cheapest EV on sale in Malaysia and meets the government’s requirement that no imported EV with a floor price under RM100,000 can be sold in Malaysia until the end of the current import duty and excise duty exemption period on CBU EVs (December 31, 2025).

    The next closest CBU EV to the Neta V in terms of OTR price is the BYD Dolphin, which costs just RM530 more for the base Dynamic Standard Range. Would you pick the Neta V over the Dolphin? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

     
     
  • Neta V priced at RM79,800 at mall roadshow but Intro Synergy denies it is accurate, TBC in September

    Neta V priced at RM79,800 at mall roadshow but Intro Synergy denies it is accurate, TBC in September

    A photo from a shopping mall roadshow of the Neta V electric car showing a pricetag of RM79,800 was shared on social media over the state election weekend. We sighted the photo in a post on the MyEVOC Facebook group.

    It piqued our curiosity and we wondered if the government had decided to remove the restriction of selling CBU EV cars under RM100k. We clarified if this was the case with Intro Synergy and they clarified it was a mistake from the dealer and the pricelist would be pulled out.

    Today Intro Synergy has posted a statement on their Neta Auto Malaysia Facebook page denying that the pricelist is accurate. They also clarified that the price of the Neta V would only be officially announced at a launch ceremony next month (September 2023).

    Neta V priced at RM79,800 at mall roadshow but Intro Synergy denies it is accurate, TBC in September

    Pricing for the Neta V was first announced in May 2023. At that time, the price was announced to be RM99,800 with a special RM10,000 discount for the first 100 customers bringing the price down to RM89,800. The RM79,800 price shown at the shopping mall roadshow represents a further RM10,000 reduction over the discounted price.

    For the money, you’re getting a CATL-sourced ternary lithium battery with an energy capacity of 38.54 kWh that is good for a range of 380 km following the NEDC standard. The Neta V supports AC charging (Type 2) at a max of 6.6 kW, with a full charge taking eight hours.

    It can also do DC fast charging (CCS2) at 100 kW to get the battery from a 30-80% state of charge in just 30 minutes. Users can also use the crossover to power accessories and electronic devices via the vehicle-to-load (V2L) system capable of delivering as much as 3.3 kW.

    Neta V priced at RM79,800 at mall roadshow but Intro Synergy denies it is accurate, TBC in September

    For propulsion, the Neta V sports a front-mounted electric motor rated at 95 PS (94 hp or 70 kW) and 150 Nm of torque. The carmaker quotes a 0-50 km/h time of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 120 km/h with these modest outputs.

    In terms of dimensions, the Neta V measures 4,070 mm long, 1,690 mm wide, 1,540 mm tall and has a wheelbase spanning 2,420 mm. For context, the Perodua Myvi is 3,895 mm long, 1,735 mm wide, 1,515 mm tall and its wheelbase is 2,500 mm. The protruding rear end of the Neta V also means you get 335 litres of boot space.

    Will Intro Synergy revise the price of the Neta V further down to take the fight against the BYD Dolphin base model’s RM99,900 RRP? We’ll find out in September 2023.

     
     
  • Neta V EV to be built in Thailand from 2024 – Hozon Auto to set up assembly plant, plans exports to SEA

    Neta V EV to be built in Thailand from 2024 – Hozon Auto to set up assembly plant, plans exports to SEA

    China’s Hozon New Energy Automobile is the latest electric vehicle (EV) maker to choose Thailand as a production hub for the South-East Asian region. The Zhejiang-based manufacturer inked an agreement with local auto firm Bangchan General Assembly last week and will begin production of its Neta V crossover (which was just introduced in Malaysia) in the Kingdom from next year, Thai government spokesperson Tipanan Sirichana said via a statement.

    According to news reports, Tipanan added that the company plans to start offering its all-electric Neta U and Neta S models in the near future. No timeline for their introduction was given, but it should likely be aligned with the planned deployment schedule that has been indicated for both models in Malaysia.

    It was previously reported that the U SUV was due here by Q2 next year, while the S sedan was targeted for a Q1 2025 debut in Malaysia. The Neta models sold here in the future should be locally-assembled, given that GoAuto subsidiary Intro Synergy has said it, together with its partners, will invest around RM300 million to develop a sales and after-sales network as well as a manufacturing plant.

    Other Chinese automakers such as BYD and Great Wall Motors have also invested in Thai plants as demand heats up among domestic consumers. Last month, it was reported that Changan Auto would be investing US$285 million (RM1.27 billion) to set up a production facility in Thailand.

    Last year, Thailand became the first country in the region to offer cash subsidies for imported passenger EVs. Imported fully-electric models are also exempt from most import and excise duties until the end of 2023 – automakers wishing to continue benefiting from these subsidies will have to begin producing their cars locally starting from 2024.

    GALLERY: Neta V EV crossover, Malaysian launch

     
     
  • Neta V – cheapest EV in Malaysia at RM99,800, plus RM10k cash voucher; 380 km range, 120 km/h max

    Neta V – cheapest EV in Malaysia at RM99,800, plus RM10k cash voucher; 380 km range, 120 km/h max

    Chinese electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Neta has officially made its debut in Malaysia, and the first model being offered here is the Neta V. Distribution of Neta cars is handled by Intro Synergy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GoAuto Group which signed a deal with Hozon New Energy Auto.

    Priced at RM99,800 on-the-road without insurance, the Neta V Deluxe is now the cheapest EV in our market. As part of a special promotion, the first 100 customers who make a booking online will receive a cash voucher worth RM10,000 to further reduce the price down to RM89,800! According to Intro Synergy, deliveries will begin in the third quarter of this year. If you want one, you can book it online now for RM1,000.

    For the money, you’re getting a CATL-sourced ternary lithium battery with an energy capacity of 38.54 kWh that is good for a range of 380 km following the NEDC standard. The Neta V supports AC charging (Type 2) at a max of 6.6 kW, with a full charge taking eight hours.

    It can also do DC fast charging (CCS2) at 100 kW to get the battery from a 30-80% state of charge in just 30 minutes. Users can also use the crossover to power accessories and electronic devices via the vehicle-to-load (V2L) system capable of delivering as much as 3.3 kW.

    Neta V – cheapest EV in Malaysia at RM99,800, plus RM10k cash voucher; 380 km range, 120 km/h max

    For propulsion, the Neta V sports a front-mounted electric motor rated at 95 PS (94 hp or 70 kW) and 150 Nm of torque. The carmaker quotes a 0-50 km/h time of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 120 km/h with these modest outputs.

    In terms of dimensions, the Neta V measures 4,070 mm long, 1,690 mm wide, 1,540 mm tall and has a wheelbase spanning 2,420 mm. For context, the Perodua Myvi is 3,895 mm long, 1,735 mm wide, 1,515 mm tall and its wheelbase is 2,500 mm. The protruding rear end of the Neta V also means you get 335 litres of boot space.

    The Neta V is only offered in one variant that comes standard with 16-inch alloys (with 185/55 profile tyres), automatic halogen projector headlamps, LED DRLs, LED taillights, keyless entry and start, leatherette seat upholstery, a 12-inch digital instrument panel, automatic air-conditioning with a HEPA N95 air filter, an electronic parking brake and a reverse camera.

    Infotainment is accessed via a 14.6-inch central touchscreen, with audio playback handled by a six-speaker sound system. Users will also be able to project their phone screen to the large, portrait-format screen should they wish. For added convenience, there’s a dedicated USB port at the bottom of the rear-view mirror to power a dashcam.

    Neta V – cheapest EV in Malaysia at RM99,800, plus RM10k cash voucher; 380 km range, 120 km/h max

    Safety-wise, the Neta V only comes with two airbags and the usual array of passive systems such as ABS, EBD, brake assist, traction control and ESC. You don’t get active driver assistance systems such autonomous emergency braking and lane keep assist, but you do get hill start assist, a tyre pressure monitor and passive cruise control.

    Five colours are offered, namely Sakura Pink, White Storm, Sky Blue, Cyan and Midnight Gray. Each purchase is accompanied by a 10-year body warranty as well as a five-year, 150,000-km general parts warranty. As for the electric powertrain, it is covered by an eight-year, 180,000-km warranty. Remember, if you want the RM10,000 discount you have to be the first 100 to book it. You can book it online now for RM1,000.

    So, what do you think of the Neta V? Given the low price point, would you consider the EV as a city runabout? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

    GALLERY: 2023 Neta V Malaysian brochure and spec sheet

     
     
  • Bangkok 2023: Neta V – budget EV with 384 km range, 95 PS, 101 km/h top speed; Neta S also on display

    Bangkok 2023: Neta V – budget EV with 384 km range, 95 PS, 101 km/h top speed; Neta S also on display

    Neta V

    The Neta V is currently on display at this year’s Bangkok International Motor Show (BIMS), so here’s a live gallery of the fully electric crossover. Launched in Thailand last August, the Neta V is a product of China’s Hozon Auto, which has a partnership with state-owned energy company PTT.

    Priced at 549,000 baht (RM71,297), the Neta V costs the same as the entry-level variant of the Yaris Ativ (we know it as the Vios). In terms of size, it’s smaller than the Perodua Ativa we have here, measuring in at 4,070 mm long (-5 mm), 1,690 mm wide (-20 mm), 1,540 mm tall (-95 mm) and with a wheelbase of 2,420 mm (-105 mm).

    Built on the company’s HPC platform, the EV features a front-mounted electric motor rated at 95 PS (94 hp or 70 kW) and 150 Nm of torque., which is powered by a lithium-ion battery with an energy capacity of 38.5 kWh that is good for a range of 384 km following the NEDC standard (the WLTP figure is typically around 20% lower).

    Given the output figures, the Neta V is not particularly quick as it only has a top speed of 101 km/h and a 0-50 km/h time of 3.9 seconds, making it better suited as a city car. A relatively small turning radius of 4.85 metres and 130 mm of ground clearance is also listed in the spec sheet.

    Neta V

    For charging, the Neta V can accept a max AC input (Type 2) of 6.6 kW, with a full charge taking eight hours. There’s also DC fast charging at a peak of 100 kW that gets the battery from a 30-80% state of charge in just 30 minutes, while a vehicle-to-load (V2L) system outputs up to 3.3 kW to power external accessories.

    In terms of kit, the EV comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic halogen projector headlamps, LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, keyless entry and start, a 12-inch digital instrument cluster, cruise control, an electronic parking brake (with auto brake hold, a 14.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a reverse camera, six speakers, synthetic leather upholstery, four-way adjustable electric front seats and two airbags.

    There are no active driver assistance systems like autonomous emergency braking and lane keep assist here. Instead, there’s auto brake hold, hill start assist, hill descent control, a tyre pressure monitor and passive cruise control on top of the usual passive safety systems.

    Bangkok 2023: Neta V – budget EV with 384 km range, 95 PS, 101 km/h top speed; Neta S also on display

    Neta S

    The Neta V is expected to be launched in Malaysia, with Neta Auto Malaysia showing the model on its website and social media pages. Given the affordable-for-an-EV price tag in Thailand, the Neta V could become the cheapest EV in Malaysia when and if it goes on sale.

    Sitting alongside the Neta V at BIMS is the Neta S, which is the brand’s first EV built on its Shanhai platform. The sleek sedan features gullwing doors and styling that is reminiscent of the Nio ET7, albeit sportier in execution.

    For instance, the front end features prominent intake areas, with the ones at the corners of the bumper integrating the main headlamps that are joined by ultra-slim LED DRLs. The design of the C-pillars is also rather distinctive, while the rear sports a tailgate spoiler as well as full-width taillights that extend towards the rear doors.

    Neta S

    Like the Neta V, the main highlight of the Neta S’ interior is a large, portrait-format touchscreen infotainment system on the dashboard. One difference is the digital instrument panel is located ahead of the driver on the dash rather than being further up the dash as it is in the Neta V.

    In its home market, the Neta S is offered with battery capacities of between 43.51 and 91 kWh, with the range being between 310 km to 715 km. As for powertrains, the Neta S can be optioned with either a rear-mounted electric motor that is rated at 231 PS (228 hp or 170 kW) and 310 Nm, or an all-wheel drive setup that adds a second electric motor at the back with the same outputs.

    The brand’s flagship model can be optioned with quite a few premium features, including the Neta Pilot system, which in the 4.0 version of the suite powered by Huawei MDC 610 system-on-chip (SOC), is capable of offering piloted driving (SAE Level 4 autonomy). The Neta S isn’t sold in Thailand yet, but in China, it starts from a limited-time introductory price of 179,800 yuan (RM116,454) and going all the way up to 341,800 yuan (RM220,869).

    GALLERY: Neta V

    GALLERY: Neta S

     
     
  • NETA V EV launched in Thailand – 38.5 kWh, 384 km range, initial CBU China before CKD by PTT, RM68k

    NETA V EV launched in Thailand – 38.5 kWh, 384 km range, initial CBU China before CKD by PTT, RM68k

    The Neta V electric car has been launched in Thailand. The EV is a product of China’s Hozon Auto, which Thai energy giant PTT has a partnership with. According to local reports, the Neta V will be a CBU import from China for the first two years, before CKD production by Arun Plus – PTT’s EV subsidiary – begins in the kingdom.

    The Neta V is very affordable – with a price tag of just 549,000 baht (RM68,376), this EV is priced similarly to the entry-level new Yaris Ativ (Vios to us) in Thailand. For that, you get a 38.5 kWh lithium-ion battery powering an e-motor with 95 hp and 150 Nm. The Neta V is front-wheel drive.

    With those output figures, the Neta V won’t be one of those super fast EVs. Indeed, manufacturer figures put 0-50 km/h acceleration at 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 101 km/h, making it a strict city car. Range is 384 km in the NEDC, which typically shows higher numbers than the WLTP standard most carmakers use these days (WLTP range is typically around 20% lower). Not the highest then, but good enough for a city car with home charging facilities.

    NETA V EV launched in Thailand – 38.5 kWh, 384 km range, initial CBU China before CKD by PTT, RM68k

    Speaking of charging, the Neta V has a CCS2 plug and the quoted AC charging time from 0-100% is eight hours. DC fast charging from 30 to 80% SOC takes 30 minutes. A 3,300-watt V2L power output function means that the EV can power your gear.

    Theres no way of guessing the size of the Neta V without looking into the spec sheet, as it’s a rather oddly shaped crossover of a car. It’s actually rather small. At 4,070 mm long and 1,690 mm wide, the EV is 95 mm shorter and 40 mm narrower than a Toyota Yaris. It’s 40 mm taller than the B-segment hatch, though. Boot capacity is 335 litres, expandable to 552 litres with the rear seats folded.

    Standard equipment includes 16-inch alloys, auto headlamps (halogen projectors), LED DRLs, LED tail lamps, keyless entry with Ride & Go system, 12-inch digital instrument panel, cruise control, electronic parking brake, 14.6-inch infotainment touchscreen with reverse camera and six speakers, synthetic leather upholstery and four-way adjustable front seats. Only two airbags, though. No ADAS.

    So, the kit list for the single-spec Neta V isn’t very long, but then again, it’s very cheap for a regular sized EV, less than half the price of the base Hyundai Kona Electric. What do you think – would something like this make it in Malaysia?

    GALLERY Neta V, Thai-spec

     
     
 
 
 

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