GWM Malaysia to launch 9 cars in 3 years, CKD to start in 2023

At the launch of the all-electric Ora Good Cat, Great Wall Motor (GWM) Malaysia announced that it will be launching nine cars in the next three years. The company has also announced that it will begin local assembly (CKD) operations in 2023.

In a presentation by GWM President, Elliot Zhang, a slide highlighted “Car”, “SUV”, and “Pickup”, teasing the future models by the brand. Possible models that could be launched soon include the Haval H6, Haval Jolion, and the GWM Pao pickup truck.

The same slide also reads “To be xEV Leader in Malaysia”, which means most of, or all the upcoming GWM models will be electrified. “xEV” is an umbrella term for all electrified (MHEV, PHEV, etc.) and fully-electric vehicles.

As for GWM Malaysia’s CKD plans, EV assembly will take place, but not soon as more preparation will be needed for EV assembly. The company will likely assemble its SUVs and its pickup trucks first. Local assembly will take place in the company’s Gurun facility and will be run in partnership with Go Auto.

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In Thailand, the Haval H6 is available as a mild-hybrid electric vehicle (MHEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). The MHEV version is available in two variants – the “Pro” costs 1,149,000 Baht (approx. RM144,669) and the “Ultra” costs 1,249,000 Baht (approx. RM157,260).

The MHEV is powered by a 1.5-litre turbo hybrid system that makes a combined output of 243 hp (metric) and 530 Nm. The MHEV Haval H6 utilises a 1.69-kWh battery.

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Haval H6 hybrid

Positioned above the MHEV Haval H6 is the PHEV version which fetches a price of 1,699,000 Baht (approx. RM214,139). THE PHEV Haval H6 with its 1.5-litre turbo hybrid system makes a combined output of 326 hp and 530 Nm. With a 34-kWH battery pack, Haval claims the H6 has a pure electric range of up to 201 km.

Cheaper and smaller than the Haval H6 is the Haval Jolion which is priced between 879,000 Baht (approx. RM110,787) and 999,000 Baht (approx. RM125,912). The MHEV Haval Jolion has a 1.5-litre turbo hybrid system that makes 243 hp (metric) and 530 Nm. A possible truck from GWM is the GWM Pao which is powered by a 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine that makes 163 hp (metric) and 400 Nm.

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Among the dealers for GWM Malaysia are Go Auto Sales Sdn Bhd, CS Euro Auto Sdn Bhd, and Superhub Auto Sdn Bhd. At the recent Malaysia Motor Expo, over 100 bookings were placed for the Ora Good Cat.

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