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Haval design boss: Doubt Chinese cars at your peril

For a long time, China has been an easy target for automotive enthusiasts. Silly names, copycat designs and laughable crash test results showed how far the Middle Kingdom's automotive industry languished behind its Asian neighbours, not to mention Europe. According to Haval's design director, the time for jokes is over...

2019 Haval H9 pricing and specs: AEB standard range-wide

Haval Australia has announced a raft of upgrades to its H9 off-roader, including the standard inclusion of autonomous emergency braking with forward collision warning across the line-up. For 2019, the Chinese SUV specialist has brought a suite of active safety tech to its flagship model in Australia, including the aforementioned AEB and FCW systems, along with adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and lane departure warning fitted as standard from the base model...

Great Wall preparing 500Nm diesel engine for new ute

Great Wall hasn't given its new ute a name yet, but it's already preparing a pair of pumped-up engines for power-hungry buyers. The new Pickup, as it’s currently known by Great Wall, will be available with petrol and diesel power, the former making 120kW and 360Nm, the latter offering 145kW and between 380Nm and 400Nm of torque. Both displace 2...

Great Wall: High-grade ute variant to offer just 500kg payload

High-spec versions of Great Wall’s new ute will land in Australia with a payload rating almost 500kg less than the established players offer, thanks to its new five-link rear suspension. Launched in Shanghai, the new ute carries bears the hefty weight of expectation from head office...

Great Wall ute pricing puts Ssangyong in the firing line

Great Wall is talking a big game with its new ute, boldly claiming it'll sit with the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger as a top-three selling mid-sized ute globally, but its pricing Down Under will be a closer match for the Ssangyong Musso. The mid-range 'Passenger' version of the as-yet unnamed ute will be priced at around $35,000 with an automatic transmission, diesel, and four-wheel drive according to Haval Australia managing director, Koma Li...

Great Wall electric ute headed Down Under

The first electric ute in Australia could come from China, with Great Wall confirming the pure-electric version of its new ute was "always" in its plans. Timing hasn't been confirmed, but Haval Australia's managing director Koma Li says Great Wall will take the as-yet unnamed electric pickup despite of our market's reticence to adopt battery-powered vehicles...

Great Wall's new ute revealed with sights set on Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger

Great Wall wants to scale heights no Chinese brand has before, setting its sights on the Ford Ranger and Toyota HiLux with its all-new dual-cab ute. UPDATE: The story has been updated with details about towing capacity and more detailed power outputs, following clarification from Great Wall...

Haval preparing marketing-led makeover Down Under

Haval is moving away from price-led marketing, as it pushes to reposition itself in the crowded Australian market. Don't expect to see slogans like "luxury you don't have to sell the house for" going forward. Rather than parroting drive-away prices, the brand is keen to shine a light on the global engineering talent behind its products...

Haval: Next-generation SUV range not due until 2021

Haval is weighing its future SUV plans in Australia, as it prepares for a new wave of right-hand drive product arriving from China in 2021. The current H2, H6 and H9 line-up looks likely to be bolstered by some combination of the F7, coupe-style F7X, and H6 model ranges currently offered in China...

Haval H2 'MT' launches from $19,990 drive-away

Haval Australia has launched the H2 MT, a new entry-level manual version of its smallest crossover that dips under the $20,000 barrier for the first time. Priced from $19,990 drive-away, the H2 MT is powered by the same 110kW/210Nm 1.5-litre turbo four as the wider range, though is exclusively offered with a six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive...

Haval launches seven-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty promotion

Haval has announced it will offer a seven-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty across its range until December 31. The promotion is part of its 2018 plate clearance, and will apply to private buyers exclusively – business, fleet and rental customers will have to settle for a seven-year, 150,000km coverage period...