Ora Good Cat 2022

  • Ora Good Cat EV, Haval SUVs, Cannon pick-up to be assembled in Melaka – EPMB, GWM sign CKD MoU

    Ora Good Cat EV, Haval SUVs, Cannon pick-up to be assembled in Melaka – EPMB, GWM sign CKD MoU

    EP Manufacturing Berhad (EPMB), via its subsidiary PEPS-JV (Melaka), has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Great Wall Motor Sales Malaysia to set up a local assembly and manufacturing programme in Malaysia. The collaboration is set to be agreed definitively in the next three months, and is projected to commence in 2024.

    UPDATE: EPMB has held a ground-breaking ceremony for its vehicle manufacturing facility in Hicom Pegoh Industrial Park, Melaka, and has also outlined plans to manufacture a couple of vehicle models from BAIC, the BJ40 Plus and X55II SUVs, as well as a number of GWM vehicle models.

    With this partnership, selected GWM models will be locally-assembled at EPMB’s plant in Pegoh, Alor Gajah in Melaka. The official press release mentions the inclusion of “prominent models such as GWM SUV, pick-up and cutting-edge electric vehicles” in the CKD plans, which should be referring to the Haval H6 and Jolion, Cannon and Ora Good Cat (perhaps the smaller Black Cat or bigger Grand Cat too?) respectively.

    Once agreed, production of CKD GWM vehicles in Malaysia is expected to ramp up gradually, with a target of assembling up to 20,000 units by 2028. No mention of exports here, as GWM already has a right-hand drive/ASEAN production base in Thailand, having taken over GM’s Rayong plant in 2020.

    The GWM Cannon pick-up truck currently retails in Malaysia for RM128k in CBU form, while the electric Ora Good Cat is priced between RM140k and RM170k. Both the Haval H6 and Jolion SUVs have yet to be launched here, despite multiple previews and local appearances.

    Curiously, this is far from being EPMB’s first MoU to assemble cars in Malaysia. So far, the public-listed company has signed letters of intent with BAIC (to CKD X55II and BJ40 Plus SUVs), Lingbox (to assemble and distribute the mini EV in Malaysia and Indonesia) and the Saean Group (to develop, manufacture an affordable A-segment EV for Malaysia). None have come to fruition as of yet.

    The group announced in July that it had secured conditional approval for a manufacturing license from the ministry of investment, trade and industry (MITI) to manufacture and assemble four-wheel energy-efficient vehicles (EEVs) and EVs. EPMB is a Malaysian-based investment holding company operating in the automotive business segment. Its various businesses are primarily involved in the manufacturing of automotive components and parts.

     
     
  • 2023 Ora Good Cat video review – cheapest EV in Malaysia, from RM140k OTR; good value for money?

    2023 Ora Good Cat video review – cheapest EV in Malaysia, from RM140k OTR; good value for money?

    Priced from RM139,800, the Ora Good Cat from Great Wall Motors is the cheapest fully electric vehicle on sale in Malaysia. Here, we have the 500 Ultra that is priced at RM169,800 on-the-road without insurance; the starting price is for the base 400 Pro variant, with both variants launched at the model’s Malaysian debut last November.

    Our man Hafriz Shah puts the Good Cat through its paces and discovers what’s great about this electric vehicle, particularly for its price point, and what areas are less exemplary.

    The figures in the 400 Pro and 500 Ultra variant names are in reference to their respective battery ranges. It must be noted, however that these are based on the older, NEDC range standard, rather than the current WLTP standard that is commonly used today.

    2023 Ora Good Cat video review – cheapest EV in Malaysia, from RM140k OTR; good value for money?

    Beyond the differing battery capacities, the 400 Pro and 500 Ultra variants use different types of battery, with the 400 Pro getting a 47.8 kWh lithium-iron phosphate (LFP) battery, while the 500 Ultra gets a 63.1 kWh ternary lithium battery.

    For the 400 Pro, charging at 6.6 kW AC through a Type 2 connection yields a full charge in eight hours, or 0-80% charge via DC fast charging in just 46 minutes. Meanwhile, the larger battery in the 500 Ultra takes around 10 hours for a full charge from an AC source, while DC fast charging at 60 kW yields a 0-80% charge in around 40 minutes.

    From its styling to interior materials as well as on-road performance, the Ora Good Cat is a likeable machine, though there are shortcomings which revealed themselves in the car’s time with us; watch the video to find out more about it.

    What do you think of the Ora Good Cat? Do you run one on a daily basis? Let us know in the comments.

    GALLERY: Great Wall Ora Good Cat in Malaysia

     
     
  • Ora Good Cat EV launched in Malaysia – 400 km range for RM140k, 500 km for RM170k; 8 yr battery warranty

    Ora Good Cat EV launched in Malaysia – 400 km range for RM140k, 500 km for RM170k; 8 yr battery warranty

    The Great Wall Motors (GWM) Ora Good Cat electric hatchback finally gets its official Malaysian market launch today, following the opening of order books two weeks ago and having collected more than 100 bookings on the opening weekend. In Europe earlier this year, this car was launched as the Funky Cat.

    The Ora Good Cat arrives in Malaysia with two battery capacity specifications in two trim level variants – the 400 Pro and the 500 Ultra, priced from RM139,800 on-the-road, without insurance for the 400 Pro, and RM169,800 for the 500 Ultra.

    Both trim levels feature the same powertrain configuration, which is a single electric motor producing 143 PS and 210 Nm of torque driving the front wheels. The 0-100 km/h sprint is done in 7.9 seconds and top speed is 152 km/h, according to Great Wall Motors.

    GWM Ora Good Cat specifications list – click to enlarge

    The 400 Pro variant gets the 47.8 kWh lithium-iron phosphate (LFP) battery which offers up to 400 km of battery range on the NEDC cycle (around 20% less on the WLTP test protocol), and this takes eight hours for a full charge from a 6.6 kW AC outlet via a Type 2 connection.

    Meanwhile, DC fast charging yields a 0-80% state of charge in 46 minutes. Charging from 30-80% can be done in just 40 minutes. In terms of the latest WLTP protocol, the European-spec Funky Cat is rated for a range of 310 km on the WLTP cycle.

    The larger of the two batteries is a 63.1 kWh version that is featured in the 500 Ultra, featuring a ternary lithium battery that offers up to 500 km of range on the NEDC cycle, which will take around 10 hours to be fully charged from an AC outlet. If DC fast charging at 60 kW is used, a 0-80% charge can be done in around 40 minutes.

    In terms of equipment, both variants of the Ora Good Cat in Malaysia gets 18-inch alloys shod in 215/50R18 tyres and receive a tyre repair kit as standard, active front grille intake, automatic headlamps, LED tail lamps and rear fog lamp, electrically adjustable side mirrors, automatic wipers and a panoramic sunroof as standard.

    Instrumentation in the Ora Good Cat is by a seven-inch multi-information display with a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment unit, with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

    The interior of the Ora Good Cat gets as standard suede leather dashboard covering with synthetic leather seat upholstery, multifunction steering wheel, two USB ports for the front occupants, one USB in the rear passenger compartment and one USB port for the digital video recorder, as well as one power outlet.

    Both variants also get electric adjustment for the driver’s seat while the front passenger seat gets manual adjustment; the 500 Ultra adds a massage function for the driver’s seat.

    Safety equipment for the Ora Good Cat includes adaptive cruise control, intelligence cruise assistance, AEB, forward collision warning, low speed emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist and lane centring assist. Exclusive to the 500 Ultra are the Wisdom Dodge System, emergency lane keeping, lane change assist and blind spot detection, rear collision warning, rear cross traffic alert and rear cross traffic braking.

    Exterior colours are Coral Blue, Hamilton White, Sun Black for the single-tone selection, joined by Mars Red and and Hamilton White schemes with the contrasting black roof. Exclusive to the 500 Ultra are Verdant Green with a white roof, and Hazel Wood Beige with a brown roof.

    Here in Malaysia in two variants, the GWM Ora Good Cat is covered by a five-year, 150,000 km warranty, with the drive battery getting an eight-year, 180,000 km warranty. Packaged with each purchase of the Ora Good Cat are a complimentary portable charger and home charger, as well as five slots of maintenance service (at 10,000 km intervals) with labour free of charge.

    GALLERY: 2022 Ora Good Cat

     
     
  • 2022 GWM Ora Good Cat first look – cheapest EV in Malaysia doesn’t feel cheap at all, 500 km range legit?

    2022 GWM Ora Good Cat first look – cheapest EV in Malaysia doesn’t feel cheap at all, 500 km range legit?

    The Ora Good Cat has to be one of the most intriguing cars ever to come out of China. Is it the cute name, the quirky design, the good specs? Probably a sum of the above, with a big portion of design. Unlike the thousands of generic looking SUVs from China, the Good Cat looks like nothing else in the market today (the Porsche 356 is no longer on sale). Like some of you, I’ve been keenly waiting for this review.

    If you need an introduction, this maneki-neko is the Ora Good Cat from Great Wall Motors (GWM), which is now officially in Malaysia as a brand. The Good Cat, or Haomao in Mandarin, is set to hit our market in Q4 this year, along with some Haval SUVs. Ora (EV) and Haval (SUV) are GWM’s brands.

    This is an early preview unit courtesy of Flux. The car subscription company is running a weekly EV subscription programme for you to “own an EV for seven days” and try out the electric life, which as you’d expect, is a bit different from owning/using ICE-powered cars. Fits into your life easily or too much compromises? Flux has the Good Cat, second-generation Nissan Leaf and Hyundai Kona Electric in its electric fleet.

    In Malaysia, four variants will be offered, namely the Tech, Pro, Ultra and Ultra G. All will come with an electric motor rated at 143 PS/210 Nm driving the front wheels, allowing for a top speed of 152 km/h. One-pedal driving is available and there are five drive modes – Normal, Sport, Eco, Eco+ and Auto.

    Both the Tech and Pro will come with a 47.8-kWh lithium iron phosphate battery that can provide up to 400 km of range in the NEDC cycle. It’s eight hours to fill this battery up via AC charging (Type 2 connection) at the vehicle’s max input of 6.6 kW. With DC fast charging, you can get from 0-80% state of charge (SoC) in 46 minutes at 60 kW. Both the Tech and Pro are estimated to start from RM14Xk.

    Next up is the Ultra, which is estimated to retail from RM15Xk. The range is up to 500 km thanks to a superior 63.1-kWh ternary lithium battery. With AC charging, it takes around 10 hours for a full charge and DC fast charging gets the battery from a 0-80% SoC in about 40 minutes. The range-topping Ultra G is mechanically similar to the Ultra, but it comes with more equipment and a corresponding price tag of from RM16Xk.

    2022 GWM Ora Good Cat first look – cheapest EV in Malaysia doesn’t feel cheap at all, 500 km range legit?

    Currently, the cheapest EV on sale in Malaysia is the base Hyundai Kona Electric 39.2 kWh at RM156,538. That crossover has a WLTP range of 305 km. Note that the Good Cat’s quoted range is in the older NEDC standard, and not the latest WLTP cycle that most carmakers use today – WLTP typically pulls the range figure down by around 20% – we explain this in the review.

    Specs wise, the Tech comes with 17-inch alloys, LED headlamps and DRLs, LED taillights, keyless entry and start, fabric seats, a 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster, automatic air-con with PM2.5 filter, a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, four speakers, cruise control, two airbags, ESC, rear parking sensors, hill start assist, low-speed emergency braking and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

    The Pro adds on 18-inch alloys, automatic headlamps, power-folding side mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, electric panoramic sunroof, synthetic leather upholstery, powered six-way driver’s seat, 360-degree camera, wireless phone charger, USB port for a dashcam as well as side and curtain airbags to make it six in total.

    2022 GWM Ora Good Cat first look – cheapest EV in Malaysia doesn’t feel cheap at all, 500 km range legit?

    Also fitted are a range of active safety and driver assist systems, including adaptive cruise control with intelligent turning, traffic jam assist, automatic emergency braking with intersection support, front collision warning, a wisdom dodge system, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist and lane centre keeping.

    The big batt Ultra gets the Pro’s kit list, but with the addition of a welcome light effect for the headlamps, memory for the powered side mirrors, driver seat memory with welcome function, two more speakers (total six), automated parking, emergency lane keeping, lane change assistant, blind spot detection, rear collision warning, rear cross-traffic alert and braking, plus front parking sensors.

    The Ultra G is identical to the Ultra when it comes to equipment, but it comes with special colours in and out. The range-topper is the only one that can be had with an exterior in Hazel Wood Beige/Wisdom Brown or Verdant Green with a white roof. Also exclusive to the Ultra G are brown/beige and green/grey cabin colour options. Kit wise, what you see here should be very close to our range-topping Ultra G.

    If you’re wondering if this cat is a giant one masquerading as a kitten (think Hyundai Ioniq 5), it’s not. The Good Cat is 4,235 mm long and 1,825 mm wide, which makes it shorter but wider than a Honda City Hatchback (4,345 mm long, 1,748 mm wide). The Ora’s 2,650 mm wheelbase is 50 mm longer than the B-segment City’s. Compact but roomy, as Hafriz demonstrates in the video. The boot is very small, though.

    Our man also has high standards for interior appointments, and the cabin of the cheapest EV in Malaysia impresses him, although it does come with some very frustrating elements. Check out the video above and tell us what you think of the Ora Good Cat.

    If you look at it long enough, it might meow at you.

     
     
  • 2022 GWM Ora Good Cat EV in Malaysia – 47.8 or 63.1 kWh batt, up to 500 km range, below RM150k est, Q4

    2022 GWM Ora Good Cat EV in Malaysia – 47.8 or 63.1 kWh batt, up to 500 km range, below RM150k est, Q4

    This EV is a cute little cat of a car, and I find it to be the most intriguing car ever to come out of China, desirable even. Sure, there are design inspirations that look familiar, but it’s all put together in an original retro-modern manner and the car looks cool and fun.

    If you don’t know it already, it’s the Ora Good Cat from Great Wall Motors (GWM), which is now officially in Malaysia as a brand. The Good Cat, or Haomao in Mandarin, is set to hit our market in Q4 this year, along with some Haval SUVs. Ora (EV) and Haval (SUV) are GWM’s brands.

    This is an early preview unit courtesy of Flux. The car subscription company is running a weekly EV subscription programme for you to “own an EV for seven days” and try out the electric life, which as you’d expect, is a bit different from owning/using ICE-powered cars. Fits into your life easily or too much compromises? Flux has the Good Cat, second-generation Nissan Leaf and Hyundai Kona Electric in its electric fleet.

    2022 GWM Ora Good Cat EV in Malaysia – 47.8 or 63.1 kWh batt, up to 500 km range, below RM150k est, Q4

    Here’s what we know about the Good Cat in Malaysia so far. Four variants will be offered, namely the Tech, Pro, Ultra and Ultra G. All will come with an electric motor rated at 143 PS/210 Nm driving the front wheels, allowing for a top speed of 152 km/h. One-pedal driving is available and there are five drive modes – Normal, Sport, Eco, Eco+ and Auto.

    Both the Tech and Pro will come with a 47.8-kWh lithium iron phosphate battery that can provide up to 400 km of range in the NEDC cycle. It’s eight hours to fill this battery up via AC charging (Type 2 connection) at the vehicle’s max input of 6.6 kW. With DC fast charging, you can get from 0-80% state of charge (SoC) in 46 minutes at 60 kW. Both the Tech and Pro are estimated to start from RM14Xk.

    Next up is the Ultra, which is estimated to retail from RM15Xk. The range is up to 500 km thanks to a superior 63.1-kWh ternary lithium battery. With AC charging, it takes around 10 hours for a full charge and DC fast charging gets the battery from a 0-80% SoC in about 40 minutes. The range-topping Ultra G is mechanically similar to the Ultra, but it comes with more equipment and a corresponding price tag of from RM16Xk.

    2022 GWM Ora Good Cat EV in Malaysia – 47.8 or 63.1 kWh batt, up to 500 km range, below RM150k est, Q4

    Specs wise, the Tech comes with 17-inch alloys, LED headlamps and DRLs, LED taillights, keyless entry and start, fabric seats, a 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster, automatic air-con with PM2.5 filter, a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, four speakers, cruise control, two airbags, ESC, rear parking sensors, hill start assist, low-speed emergency braking and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

    The Pro adds on 18-inch alloys, automatic headlamps, power-folding side mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, electric panoramic sunroof, synthetic leather upholstery, powered six-way driver’s seat, 360-degree camera, wireless phone charger, USB port for a dashcam as well as side and curtain airbags to make it six in total.

    Also fitted are a range of active safety and driver assist systems, including adaptive cruise control with intelligent turning, traffic jam assist, automatic emergency braking with intersection support, front collision warning, a wisdom dodge system, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist and lane centre keeping.

    2022 GWM Ora Good Cat EV in Malaysia – 47.8 or 63.1 kWh batt, up to 500 km range, below RM150k est, Q4

    The big batt Ultra gets the Pro’s kit list, but with the addition of a welcome light effect for the headlamps, memory for the powered side mirrors, driver seat memory with welcome function, two more speakers (total six), automated parking, emergency lane keeping, lane change assistant, blind spot detection, rear collision warning, rear cross-traffic alert and braking, plus front parking sensors.

    The Ultra G is identical to the Ultra when it comes to equipment, but it comes with special colours in and out. The range-topper is the only one that can be had with an exterior in Hazel Wood Beige/Wisdom Brown or Verdant Green with a white roof. Also exclusive to the Ultra G are brown/beige and green/grey cabin colour options. Kit wise, what you see here should be very close to our range-topping Ultra G.

    If you’re wondering if this cat is a giant one masquerading as a kitten (think Hyundai Ioniq 5), it’s not. The Good Cat is 4,235 mm long and 1,825 mm wide, which makes it shorter but wider than a Honda City Hatchback (4,345 mm long, 1,748 mm wide). The Ora’s 2,650 mm wheelbase is 50 mm longer than the B-segment City’s. Compact but roomy.

    What do you think of the Ora Good Cat at the estimated prices? By the way, the current cheapest EV in Malaysia is the Hyundai Kona Electric, which starts from RM150k. The base Good Cat could undercut the Kona.

     
     
  • 2022 GWM Ora Good Cat for Malaysia – 47.8 and 63.1 kWh variants; up to 500 km EV range; est from RM140k

    2022 GWM Ora Good Cat for Malaysia – 47.8 and 63.1 kWh variants; up to 500 km EV range; est from RM140k

    Great Wall Motors (GWM) announced its entry into Malaysia just yesterday, and one of the models that will be coming our way is the Ora Good Cat. The all-electric hatchback was showcased during yesterday’s event, but it’ll be some time until the Good Cat (also called the Haomao) is launched here, as we were told that GWM’s first products will only enter the market in the fourth quarter of this year.

    Ahead of the Good Cat officially going on sale, Great Wall Motor Sales Malaysia has begun accepting pre-bookings for the electric vehicle (EV). The company even provided estimated pricing for a little while, but it has since revised its website and the figures are no longer there. Even so, screenshots of the website were captured prior to the website being updated, so here’s what we know so far.

    To start, four variants of the Good Cat will be offered, namely the Tech, Pro, Ultra and Ultra G, all available for pre-booking at a fee of RM1,000 (click here if you’re interested). All variants will come with an electric motor rated at 143 PS (141 hp or 105 kW) and 210 Nm of torque driving the front wheels, allowing for a top speed of 152 km/h. One-pedal driving is available and there are five drive modes available (Normal, Sport, Eco, Eco+ and Auto).

    Both the Tech and Pro will come with a 47.8-kWh lithium iron phosphate battery that can provide up to 400 km of range following the NEDC standard. No charging specifications were provided, but the charging times do match up to those of the Thailand-spec Good Cat.

    2022 GWM Ora Good Cat for Malaysia – 47.8 and 63.1 kWh variants; up to 500 km EV range; est from RM140k

    It’ll take about eight hours to get to a full charge with AC charging (Type 2 connection) at the vehicle’s maximum supported input of 6.6 kW. Meanwhile, it takes about 46 minutes to get from a 0-80% state of charge (SoC) with DC fast charging (CCS2 connection) at 60 kW. As for pricing, both the Tech and Pro are estimated to start from RM14X,XXX, with the latter likely being higher up the scale due to its positioning above the Tech in the line-up.

    After the Pro is the Ultra, which is estimated to retail from RM15X,XXX. For the higher asking price, the Ultra offers up to 500 km of range thanks to a more substantial 63.1-kWh ternary lithium battery.

    The charging kit for the Pro and Ultra is identical to the Tech and Pro, although the times aren’t. With AC charging, it takes around 10 hours for a full charge and getting from a 0-80% SoC with DC fast charging requires about 40 minutes. At the very top of the pack is the Ultra G, which shares the same specifications with the Ultra, but will comes with more equipment to justify its asking price that is estimated to be from RM16X,XXX.

    It should be noted that we will be getting one more variant of the Good Cat compared to Thailand, as buyers over there miss out on the Ultra G. However, the Good Cat is cheaper over there thanks to tax and duty reductions as well as incentives, with the Tech currently priced at 763,000 baht (RM93,967), the Pro at 828,500 baht (RM102,034) and the Ultra at 959,000 baht (RM118,086).

    2022 GWM Ora Good Cat for Malaysia – 47.8 and 63.1 kWh variants; up to 500 km EV range; est from RM140k

    Even so, the Good Cat is poised to become the most affordable EV you can buy in Malaysia based on these estimated figures. The current record holder is the Kona Electric e-Lite, which is currently priced at RM156,538 with EV incentives and sales tax factored in, which is more than the Tech, although the base variant of the Good Cat is a little sparse in terms of kit.

    On that mention, the Tech comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels (205/55 profile tyres), LED headlamps, LED DRLs, LED taillights, keyless entry and start, fabric seats, manually-adjustable front seats, a seven-inch digital instrument cluster, automatic air-conditioning with PM2.5 filter, a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, four speakers, passive cruise control, two frontal airbags, ESC, ABS, EBD, four rear parking sensors, hill start assist, low-speed emergency braking and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

    The Pro builds on the Tech by gaining 18-inch alloys (215/50 profile tyres), automatic LED headlamps, power-folding side mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, an electric panoramic sunroof, synthetic leather upholstery, a powered six-way driver’s seat, a 360-degree camera, a wireless phone charger, a USB port for a driving recorder as well as side and curtain airbags.

    2022 GWM Ora Good Cat for Malaysia – 47.8 and 63.1 kWh variants; up to 500 km EV range; est from RM140k

    Also fitted are a range of active safety and driver assist system, including adaptive cruise control with intelligent turning, traffic jam assist, automatic emergency braking with intersection support, front collision warning, a wisdom dodge system, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist and lane centre keeping.

    The Ultra gets the Pro’s kit list, but with the addition of a welcome light effect for the headlamps, a memory function for the powered side mirrors, driver seat memory with welcome function, two more speakers (for a total of six), automated parking, emergency lane keeping, lane change assistant, blind spot detection, rear collision warning, rear cross-traffic alert and braking, plus six parking sensors front and rear.

    Finally, the Ultra G is identical to the Ultra when it comes to equipment, but not colours. The range-topper is the only one that can be had with an exterior painted Hazel Wood Beige/Wisdom Brown or Verdant Green with a white roof. Also exclusive to the Ultra G are a brown/beige and green/grey interior.

    2022 GWM Ora Good Cat spec sheet; click to enlarge

    The Pro and Ultra is available in three monotone colours, including Sun Black, Hamilton White and Coral Blue, along with two two-tone options featuring a black roof (Hamilton White and Mars Red) – both get a black interior. The Tech’s colour options are limited to just Sun Black and Hamilton White, paired with a black interior.

    The Good Cat measures 4,235 mm long, 1,825 mm wide, 1,596 mm tall and has wheelbase of 2,650 mm. For context, the Honda City Hatchback is 4,345 mm long, 1,748 mm wide, 1,488 mm tall and its wheelbase spans 2,600 mm.

    With all the information provided so far, what do you think of the Good Cat? Are you looking forward to its launch? Will you be placing a pre-booking? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

    GALLERY: GWM Ora Good Cat, RHD unit in Malaysia

     
     
  • Great Wall Motors officially enters Malaysian market – Ora Good Cat EV, Haval H6, Jolion due in, from Q4

    Great Wall Motors officially enters Malaysian market – Ora Good Cat EV, Haval H6, Jolion due in, from Q4

    Great Wall Motor (GWM) is now officially in Malaysia, its business represented in the country by wholly-owned subsidiary Great Wall Motor Sales Malaysia. The announcement of GWM’s entry into the market was made earlier today at its office in Menara Binjai, Kuala Lumpur.

    The new company will be dedicated to carrying out all marketing and distribution of GWM’s products in the country. Present at the event was Cui Anqi, MD of Great Wall Motor Malaysia, as well as representatives from the ministry of international trade and industry (MITI), the Chinese embassy in Malaysia and Go Auto Group.

    The company is set to adopt the same strategy as that employed in Thailand, where it set up shop last year. It said its plans for the Malaysian market will be developed according to the ASEAN new energy strategy, where hybrids and battery-electric vehicle models will form its push on the product front.

    According to Cui, the company plans to prioritise its development of its network operations to create a unique consumer experience for Malaysians. Along with that will come a new corporate identity for dealerships. He added that the brand would introduce market-leading warranty and service policies, although no details about these were revealed.

    He said that emphasis will be placed on after-sales, with measures to be introduced including the setting up of a spare part warehouse in the Klang Valley. The brand will also introduce a customer service call centre that will operate around the clock, and this will be accompanied by a technical service team to provide support.

    Cui said that CKD operations are part of the company’s long-term plans. “We will continue to deepen the Malaysian market by increasing investment in the country by carrying out localised assembly through cooperation with Go Auto Group,” he said.


    The company also took the opportunity to showcase the Ora Good Cat EV at its launch. The car is set to make its way here, but its official introduction is still some time away – the company said its first products will only enter the market in the fourth quarter of this year. No pricing has yet been indicated.

    Other expected models for our market include the recently spied Haval H6, which in Thailand is sold in its plug-in hybrid form. The SUV is powered by a 1.5 litre turbocharged engine and electric motor, with 243 PS and 530 Nm in the way of total system output.

    There’s also the Haval Jolion, which has also been sighted on trials here earlier this year. In Thailand, the SUV is available as a hybrid, powered by an electrified 1.5 litre turbocharged mill that makes a combined 190 PS and 375 Nm, with a DCT sending power to the front wheels.

    GALLERY: GWM Ora Good Cat, RHD unit in Malaysia

    GALLERY: 2021 Haval H6

    GALLERY: 2021 Haval Chulian/Jolion

     
     
  • GWM Ora Good Cat now even cheaper in Thailand by up to 7.9% due to EV incentives – from RM95k-RM120k

    GWM Ora Good Cat now even cheaper in Thailand by up to 7.9% due to EV incentives – from RM95k-RM120k

    According to a report by Headlightmag, the Great Wall Motors (GWM) Ora Good Cat is now cheaper in Thailand due to incentives provided by the government to stimulate demand for electric vehicles.

    The Good Cat was launched in Thailand last November and saw a price cut of up to 16% in March thanks to subsidies and additional value-added tax (VAT) reduction privileges provided by the government.

    The latest price drop is in accordance with lower excise tax (down to 2% from 8%) and import duty adjustments on fully-imported (CBU) and locally-assembled (CKD) EVs announced by the Thailand government in February this year.

    Referring to our report in March, the Good Cat with subsidies factored in retailed at 828,500 baht (RM103,458) for the base Tech variant, while the mid-range Pro was 898,500 baht (RM112,195), and the range-topping Ultra sold for 1.0385 million baht (RM129,676).

    All three variants feature a front electric motor rated at 143 PS (141 hp or 105 kW) and 210 Nm of torque, but where the Tech and Pro offer a range of 400 km (NEDC standard) from a 47.8-kWh lithium-iron phosphate battery, the Ultra has a 63.1-kWh battery for an increased range of 500 km.

    Now, with the tax and duty reductions, the Tech is priced at 763,000 baht (RM95,279), which is 65,500 (RM8,179) or 7.9% less than before. As for the Pro, it goes for 828,500 baht (RM103,458) or 7.8% less, while the Ultra sees a reduction of 79,500 baht (RM9,927) or about 7.6% to fall below the million-baht mark at 959,000 baht (RM119,754).

    The report notes GWM will begin delivering Good Cat units with the new prices after gaining the approval from Thailand’s excise department, which will take approximately three to four weeks to complete. The Good Cat is a CBU model in Thailand and the new prices don’t appear to be accompanied by any changes to specifications.

    In Malaysia, we’re still waiting for the Good Cat to be launched, which is expected to take place sometime this month if we refer to an earlier report. An Ultra variant is currently being listed on the the Flux car subscription service, in case you’re interested.

    GALLERY: Great Wall Motors Ora Good Cat (Thailand market)

     
     
  • 2022 Ora Good Cat now listed on Flux – EV with up to 500 km to be priced around RM165k in Malaysia?

    2022 Ora Good Cat now listed on Flux – EV with up to 500 km to be priced around RM165k in Malaysia?

    The Great Wall Motors Ora Good Cat is expected to go on sale in Malaysia next month, although there’s been no indication how much it will cost. Based on our previous report, the variant line-up will be identical to what is offered in Thailand, with three options (Tech, Pro and Ultra) set to be offered to customers through local distributor Go Auto.

    The company said at the time that it is hoping to get local pricing as close to Thailand’s as possible, with the base Tech over there currently priced at 828,500 baht (RM106,246), the mid-range Pro at 898,500 baht (RM115,208) and the range-topping Ultra at 1.0385 million baht (RM133,148).

    While we wait for official pricing, the Good Cat has now been listed on the Flux car subscription service, with a sole Ultra variant currently available for pre-booking at a fee of RM3,500 a month.

    2022 Ora Good Cat now listed on Flux – EV with up to 500 km to be priced around RM165k in Malaysia?

    By using this figure and doing some extrapolation work, we can come up with a rough estimate of how much the Good Cat might go for when it is launched.

    Assuming Flux’s pricing scales with OTR figures, comparing the Good Cat Ultra’s monthly fee to other EVs such as the Hyundai Ioniq 5 Lite (RM4,200/month on Flux, RM199,888 retail) and Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric P8 (RM5,200/month on Flux, RM262,460 retail) would place the Good Cat Ultra at around RM165k to RM175k.

    If Go Auto succeeds in getting the Good Cat’s pricing to closely match that in Thailand, the model could very well be the cheapest EV in Malaysia. In our neighbouring market, the base Good Cat is 20% cheaper than the top Ultra variant, so we may be looking at the Tech priced as low as RM132k!

    Currently, the Kona Electric e-Plus is the most affordable EV you can buy now at RM149,888, so the Good Cat, at least the lower-range Tech (or Pro) would need to retail at below this figure to take the title.

    As a brief recap, the Tech and Pro variants offer a range of 400 km (NEDC standard) from a 47.8-kWh lithium-iron phosphate battery that powers a front electric motor rated at 143 PS (141 hp or 105 kW) and 210 Nm of torque. The Ultra gets a larger 63.1-kWh battery for 500 km of range, while keeping the same electric motor.

    Again, the Good Cat is expected to launch next month, so time to play the guessing game: how much do you expect each variant of the Good Cat to go for? Share your estimates in the comments below and let us know if you’re looking forward to the EV.

    GALLERY: 2022 Ora Good Cat in Malaysia (Thailand spec)

     
     
  • 2022 Ora Good Cat EV in Malaysia – RHD units in town, to be the cheapest electric car? Up to 500 km range

    2022 Ora Good Cat EV in Malaysia – RHD units in town, to be the cheapest electric car? Up to 500 km range

    Here’s a closer look at the right-hand drive version of the Great Wall Motors Ora Good Cat, of which an example was spotted at Vision Motorsports yesterday, utilising the DC charger there. A couple of RHD units are presently at the Go Auto HQ in Glenmarie, Shah Alam, and we managed to grab a gallery of the car.

    We have seen the Good Cat before, but in left-hand form – the evaluator was previewed at the Bumiputera Development Action 2030 event in December 2021, and prior to that, was caught on the roads around Elmina in April, running with trade plates.

    The advance units are from Thailand, where the car has been on sale since November last year. The all-electric car hasn’t been launched in Malaysia yet, but an official debut is expected sometime next month, according to Go Auto executive director Datuk SM Azli Nasimuddin.

    He said that all three variants (Tech, Pro, Ultra) of the Good Cat on sale in Thailand will make their way here – the units in the photos are Ultra versions. He added that while pricing has not been finalised, indicative pricing of what to expect can be gleaned from the car’s pricing in Thailand, and that Great Wall is hoping to get local pricing as close to that as possible.

    In March, prices for the Ora Good Cat were revised in Thailand thanks to EV incentives. The base Tech variant is now priced at 828,500 baht (RM105,350), down from its original 989,000 baht (RM125,700) selling price. The mid-range Pro now goes for 898,500 baht (RM114,250), 15.1% cheaper than previously, when it was going for 1.059 million baht (RM134,600).

    As for the range-topping Ultra, it now goes for 1.0385 million baht (RM132,000), down from its original price of 1.199 million baht (RM152,400), so we could well be looking at the Ora Good Cat becoming the cheapest EV to go on sale here.

    Both the Tech and Pro offer a range of 400 km (NEDC standard) from a 47.8-kWh lithium-iron phosphate battery. A front electric motor rated at 143 PS (141 hp or 105 kW) and 210 Nm of torque offers the car a top speed of 152 km/h. The Ultra variant features a 63.1 kWh battery, which increases the operating range to 500 km (again, NEDC cycle), retaining the same 143 PS/210 Nm electric motor.

    All variants support AC charging up to 6.6 kW via a Type 2 connection. There’s also DC fast charging up to 60 kW using a CCS2 connection, where getting from a 0-80% state of charge (SoC) takes about 45 minutes for the 400 km variants and around an hour for the Ultra.

    Azli said that the company has been taking the car around to trial out public DC chargers and that there has been no issues with charging on them so far. He added that all Good Cat units sold here would come supplied with a home charger. More on the Ora Good Cat when it makes its expected debut next month.

     
     
  • Ora Good Cat launching in Malaysia soon? Right hand drive version seen charging at Pekema DC charger

    Ora Good Cat launching in Malaysia soon? Right hand drive version seen charging at Pekema DC charger

    We’ve seen the Great Wall Motors Ora Good Cat in Malaysia before – it was previewed at the Bumiputera Development Action 2030 event in December 2021. Before that, we saw it roaming the roads of Elmina in April 2021 with trade plates.

    However, in both of these instances, the Ora Good Cat seen was in left hand drive form, basically a test unit from China that is not ready for sale in Malaysia. This is not to say the Good Cat does not exist in right hand drive form. It has already been launched in Thailand for some time, where it is priced from 828,500 baht (RM105k). Yes, as usual Thailand gets stuff first.

    The good news is that right hand drive models have finally landed in Malaysia! Seen here is a right hand drive Ora Good Cat charging at the Pekema DC charger at Vision Motorsports in Kampung Sungai Kayu Ara, Petaling Jaya. You can see the steering wheel on the right side of the car, although it is not very clear because of the reflections, but the person who snapped these photos confirmed that it is right hand drive.

    This could mean that the Ora Good Cat is now closer to an official launch in Malaysia. This is interesting because the cheapest EV in Malaysia so far is the Hyundai Kona Electric e-Lite, priced at RM149,888. Based on Thailand pricing, the Ora Good Cat could significantly undercut the Kona.

    The Ora Good Cat with the RM105k price tag in Thailand is the base Tech variant with the 47.8-kWh lithium-iron phosphate battery. It drives a 143 PS, 210 Nm electric motor. Total range is rated at 400 km NEDC. Top speed is 152 km/h, which shouldn’t be an issue on our highways.

    The top of the range is the Ultra variant, priced at 1.0385 million baht (RM132k). This variant upgrades the battery to 63.1-kWh battery for an increased range of 500 km, while keeping the same 143 PS, 210 Nm electric motor as the lesser variants.

    All variants support AC charging up to 6.6 kW via a Type 2 connection. There’s also DC fast charging up to 60 kW using a CCS2 connection, where getting from a 0-80% state of charge (SoC) takes about 45 minutes for the 400 km variants and around an hour for the Ultra.

    Given Malaysia’s current import and excise tax free policy for electric cars, we don’t see why the Malaysian price would run very far from the Thai prices. Could the Ora Good Cat be your first EV in Malaysia? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

     
     
  • Great Wall Ora Good Cat now cheaper by up to 16% in Thailand thanks to subsidies – from RM104k-RM130k

    Great Wall Ora Good Cat now cheaper by up to 16% in Thailand thanks to subsidies – from RM104k-RM130k

    Following Thailand’s announcement of major incentives for electric vehicles, Great Wall Motors (GWM) has announced an updated price list for the Ora Good Cat, which is now cheaper by 165,000 baht (RM20,635) across all three available variants. The new pricing has come into effect as of March 21, 2022, according to Headlightmag, and is a result of subsidies and a reduction in value-added tax (VAT).

    To start, the base Tech variant now goes for 828,500 baht (RM103,613), or about 16% less than the original 989,000 baht (RM123,689) price tag. Meanwhile, the mid-range Pro is 898,500 baht (RM112,371), representing a 15.1% reduction from 1.059 million baht (RM132,455).

    Both the Tech and Pro offer a range of 400 km (NEDC standard) from a 47.8-kWh lithium-iron phosphate battery that powers a front electric motor rated at 143 PS (141 hp or 105 kW) and 210 Nm of torque. This combination allows for a top speed of 152 km/h.

    At the top of range, the Ultra variant comes with a more substantial 63.1-kWh battery for an increased range of 500 km, while keeping the same electric motor as the lesser variants. It now goes for 1.0385 million baht (RM129,880), or about 13.4% less than 1.199 million baht (RM149,953) previously.

    All variants support AC charging up to 6.6 kW via a Type 2 connection, with the Tech and Pro requiring about eight hours for a full charge, while the Ultra takes approximately ten hours. There’s also DC fast charging up to 60 kW using a CCS2 connection, where getting from a 0-80% state of charge (SoC) takes about 45 minutes for the 400 km variants and around an hour for the Ultra. From 30-80% SoC, it’s 32 minutes for the smaller battery and 40 minutes for the larger one.

    These specifications are unchanged from before, and the same applies to the standard equipment that each variant comes with. The Good Cat continues to be a fully-imported (CBU) model in Thailand, but there could be a possibility that it will be locally assembled (CKD) in the future, which could see even lower prices.

    GALLERY: Great Wall Motors Ora Good Cat (Thailand market)

     
     
  • Great Wall Motor returning to Malaysian market in 2022 – Haval H6, Jolion, Ora Good Cat EV expected models

    Great Wall Motor returning to Malaysian market in 2022 – Haval H6, Jolion, Ora Good Cat EV expected models

    Great Wall Motor (GWM) has announced plans to expand its business in Southeast Asia by adding Malaysia and three other countries to its regional operations this year. This was revealed by Elliot Zhang, president of Great Wall Motor ASEAN and Thailand, during a 2022 outlook briefing for the Thai market, Nikkei Asia reports.

    “In 2022, we will continue to expand our business in ASEAN, with Thailand as the location for our regional headquarters. In an effort to expand further within the ASEAN region, we plan to launch GWM in four more countries, namely Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines, and Singapore,” he said. The brand is currently present in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Brunei.

    The automaker entered Thailand last year when it acquired General Motors’s assembly plant, and it reiterated its intention of making the facility its manufacturing hub for Southeast Asia. “We already have our plant in Rayong, and we’ll continue to invest in the plant to be the hub to produce our products for the ASEAN market,” Zhang said.

    The brand also outlined its growth strategy for Thailand, saying that it is set to launch five new models in the country and bringing sales in that market to 20,000 units this year, significantly up from the 3,702 units it did in 2021.

    The company added that it will continue its expansion into electrification in Thailand, where it expects to see significant development in the segment this year. According to GWM Thailand MD Narong Sritalayon, Thailand’s total annual car sales is expected to reach 850,000 units in 2022, up 12% from the previous year, and of that total, 11.4% (or about 94,000 units) would be electrified models.

    This would be more than double the 40,000 electrified vehicles sold in the country last year, he said. To grow the market, Narong said the company will invest in EV infrastructure, particularly in charging stations, which the company hopes to expand to 55 nationwide this year.

    The brand’s market return to Malaysia is expected to see a trio of models being introduced here. This includes the Haval Jolion, which was sighted here last year and then again last month. In Thailand, the B-segment SUV is available as a hybrid, powered by an electrified 1.5 litre turbocharged four that makes a combined 190 PS and 375 Nm of torque, with a DCT sending power to the front wheels.

    There is also the Haval H6, which in Thailand is sold in its plug-in hybrid form. It’s powered by a 1.5 litre turbocharged engine and electric motor, offering 243 PS and 530 Nm. The third model is the Ora Good Cat, which was previewed at an event last December. It was indicated at that point that the EV was coming our way, expected to be introduced by Go Auto this year.

    GALLERY: Haval Jolion Hybrid, Thailand market


    GALLERY: Haval H6 Plug-in Hybrid
    GALLERY: GWM Ora Good Cat, LHD preview in Malaysia

     
     
  • GWM Ora Good Cat previewed in Malaysia – 501 km EV range; under RM130k est; target launch early 2022

    GWM Ora Good Cat previewed in Malaysia – 501 km EV range; under RM130k est; target launch early 2022

    The Great Wall Motors (GWM) Ora Good Cat has been previewed in Malaysia at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in conjunction with the launch of the Bumiputera Development Action 2030 that took place earlier today.

    The Good Cat (directly translated from its Chinese name Haomao) was previously spotted in Elmina, Shah Alam back in April, and we’re now bringing you a live gallery of the fully electric hatchback. The model has already been launched in Thailand last month, and we’re told that it is expected to be introduced here by Go Auto early next year, pending government approval.

    This particular example was imported from China for evaluation purposes, hence the left-hand drive format and China-specific GB/T connector for DC fast charging – AC charging is done via a GB/T AC connector (reversed pin and holes even though it looks like a Type 2). The version we’ll get will swap out the GB/T for the more commonly used CCS2 connector (Type 2 is part of this), which is what’s used by the Good Cat in Thailand.

    GWM Ora Good Cat previewed in Malaysia – 501 km EV range; under RM130k est; target launch early 2022

    In fact, the listed specifications are identical to the top-spec Ultra that is sold in Thailand at a price of 1.199 million baht (RM149,857), with propulsion provided by a front electric motor rated at 143 PS (141 hp or 105 kW) and 210 Nm of torque. This allows for a 0-100 km/h time of 7.6 seconds and a top speed is 152 km/h

    The electric motor draws power from a 63.1-kWh ternary lithium battery that allows for up to 501 km of range. Following Thailand’s spec sheet, the Good Cat supports AC charging up to 6.6 kW, with a full charge for the Ultra taking about ten hours, while DC fast charging (up to 60 kW) will get the battery from a 0-80% state of charge in around an hour.

    As for equipment, the show car sports LED headlamps, 18-inch wheels, an electric sunroof, keyless entry and start, a leather-trimmed interior, a digital instrument cluster, a touchscreen infotainment system, a wireless charger, an electronic parking brake, air-conditioning and a powered driver’s seat.

    GWM Ora Good Cat previewed in Malaysia – 501 km EV range; under RM130k est; target launch early 2022

    Safety and driver assist systems mentioned include lane keep assist, lane following assist, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, active cruise control with stop and go, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, intelligent dodge and lane change assist.

    We’re told that the Good Cat coming our way will come with features similar to those available in Thailand, and what’s mentioned above are all standard on the range-topping Ultra offered there. Besides the Ultra, the Good Cat is also offered in two other, lower-range variants there, namely the Tech and Pro.

    Of course, the big question is how much will the Good Cat cost when it comes here? Well, the target figure is below RM130,000 for the CBU model, but we’ll have to wait until the model is officially launched to find out the final asking sum. Interested?

     
     
  • Great Wall Ora Good Cat launched in Thailand – up to 500 km range; 3 variants; priced from RM123k-RM149k

    Great Wall Ora Good Cat launched in Thailand – up to 500 km range; 3 variants; priced from RM123k-RM149k

    Great Wall Motors (GWM) has officially launched the Ora Good Cat in Thailand, with the fully electric hatchback attracting quite a lot of orders prior to its introduction. Customers there will be able to choose from three variants, including the Tech and Pro with a range of 400 km (NEDC standard) as well as a range-topping Ultra with 500 km.

    Prices start at 989,000 baht (RM123,103) for the Tech, followed by the Pro at 1.059 million baht (RM131,795) and Ultra at 1.199 million baht (RM149,174). Included with every purchase is a five-year, 150,000-km vehicle warranty as well as an eight-year, 180,000-km battery warranty.

    Regardless of variant, the Haomao features a front electric motor that is rated at 143 PS (141 hp or 105 kW) and 210 Nm of torque, which is good for a top speed of 152 km/h. The e-motor in the Tech and Pro draws power from a lithium-iron phosphate battery that has an energy capacity of 47.8 kWh for the 400 km of range mentioned.

    Meanwhile, the Ultra’s 500 km claimed range is thanks to a 63.1-kWh battery, which is slightly more than the China-market version that tops out 59.1 kWh. All variants support AC charging up to 6.6 kW via a Type 2 connection, with the Tech and Pro requiring about eight hours for a full charge, while the Ultra takes approximately ten hours.