Design with retro hints - the ORA funky cat (photo: manufacturer website)
So yes, we stopped counting the Chinese brands that entered the Israeli market in the last two years, but they all have one central common denominator - they all see Israel as a stopover on the way to their main destination, which is Europe, and the vast majority of them are completely electric.
Now we can add to this long list another brand called ORA whose import franchise is accepted by Kalmobil - an importer of Hyundai, Genesis, Mitsubishi and Mercedes.
The manufacturer itself is a result of the split of the mother brand "Great Wall" into several companies including POER, TANK, Haval two more are ORA which was imported as mentioned by Kalmobil and wey which was imported by Semlat.
Great Wall itself was previously imported by the "Mizrah Company" and presented inferior products that quickly disappeared from the market.
will be the only electric compact on the market for now (photo: manufacturer's website)
The model that the manufacturer will market in Israel is the funky cat, an electric hatchback car with the dimensions of an average compact hatchback like a Volkswagen Golf.
It has 424 cm from tip to tip and a wheelbase of 265 cm.
The trunk is relatively small, with only 228 liters.
The drive is front from a 171 hp and 25.5 kg engine.
Their performance is 8.3 seconds for 100 km/h and a maximum of 160 km/h.
According to our data, the importer registered two versions of the car for local marketing - Pro 300 and Pro 400+.
These numbers represent the battery capacity and the different ranges of the versions.
The 300 has a 48 kWh battery and a declared range of 310 km, the 400+ has a 63 kWh battery and a declared range of 420 km.
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- For the first time: the best-selling car in Israel is electric
- Meet the cheap Chinese electric car in Israel
- Quietly, quietly: Hyundai is buying an electric car with an increased range
It can also be said that the model that recently won 5 stars in the European crash test will arrive here with full safety specifications, with a safety score of 8 on the list: correction of lane deviation, automatic braking, vehicle detection in "dead space" including prevention of lane deviation by vehicle detection, automatic braking in a lane Backward, smart cruise control, a warning about children being left in the car and also, for the first time, the new "annoying" - smart speed control that warns the driver of exceeding the permitted speed.
The official prices of the car have not yet been published, but in the records of the Ministry of Transportation it is already attached to a price tag of NIS 134,900 for the 300 version, while the 400+ receives a price tag of NIS 162,900.
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Two versions in different ranges (photo: manufacturer's website)
It is not clear at the moment if these will be the final prices, what's more, the start of marketing of the car will only be in January, after the tax change expected to increase from 10 to 20% for electric vehicles.
Either way, the funky cat will be the only electric compact hatchback on the market, after the previous car in this combination - the Nissan Leaf, stopped being sold here.
In terms of prices, it is between two best selling local electric cars - Geely Geometric C and BYD Auto 3.
Another interesting issue is related to the name of the car.
At a meeting with the representatives of the parent company - Great Wall at the launch of the WEY brand, we were told that the manufacturer of engineering tools "Caterpillar" claims that the combination cat in the use of transport vehicles belongs to it.
and that she appealed to the OEA demanding to change the name.
The manufacturer did not deny that they will probably need to change the name when they enter Europe next year.
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