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New in Israel, the Chinese luxury brand Via begins marketing the FREE, a large, well-equipped electric crossover with a full service package. Will you put NIS 390,000?

Dongfeng's luxury brand, started in Norway and now in Israel (photo: manufacturer's website)

The continued establishment of Chinese brands in Israel is spreading to additional categories.

After the conquest of the (relatively) popular crossovers with the Geely Geometric 3 and the BYD Eto 3 and with at least one representative in the luxury segment in the form of the Hongchi, which costs half a million shekels, another Chinese electric luxury brand joins - Via, or in the English transliteration VOYAH with the first swallow of The offer is in the form of the FREE.

Just before the model itself, the frame story.

Similar to other large manufacturers, the Chinese also have sub-brands in their portfolio.

In Great Wall, these are the popular ORA next to the prestigious WEY, and this is also the case with Dongfeng - a Chinese transportation giant that extends from small cars to buses and trucks and owns a luxury brand for export markets called VOYAH.

The person who imports it to Israel is Metro Motor, the largest two-wheeler importer in Israel, which in recent years has been expanding into the automotive sector, and already markets the Chinese Lipomotor and the American Karma.

Another name we'll have to start memorizing (photo: manufacturer's website)

With dimensions of 4.9 meters in length, 2 meters in width, a height of 1.6 meters, a generous wheelbase of 2.96 meters and a trunk of 560 liters, it competes, at least on paper, against models ranging from the Genesis GV60 and Tesla Model Y that are slightly smaller than it and for the electric offer of BMW with the iX3, Mercedes EQC and Audi e-tron closest to it in dimensions.

In terms of drive units and battery, it is deep in the field of the biggest and most expensive of its competitors.

Two electric motors with a combined power of 489 hp, with dual drive, catapult it to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds and a very generous 106 kWh battery gives it a claimed range of 500 km, again, on paper, One of the longest in the group, second only to the Y model (with a declared 533 km).

The FREE is able to charge its batteries at a rate of up to 100 kW in DC positions, when the time to charge from 20 to 80% will be 45 minutes. When charging at home The charging rate is 10 hours from 20 to 100%.

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Three 12.3-inch screens are the least impressive part of a very long list of accessories (photo: manufacturer's website)

These impressive figures are one side of the story, the more impressive list is reserved for the FREE equipment items.

Take air: a night vision system, air conditioning outlets and separate climate control for the rear seats, wireless charging, electric seats, acoustic windows, a panoramic sunroof with electric dimming, heating, cooling and massage for the front seats, leather upholstery, passenger cabin fragrance, electric trunk opening, three 12.3-inch screens, operation with hand gestures and facial recognition using cameras that are also used to stream video for calls, photography and video of the rear seat, DYNAUDIO audio system, compatibility with Apple and Android, air shock absorbers, active noise canceling system.

The advanced safety systems include lane departure correction, automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, driver fatigue warning with the possibility of a combined warning with the odor distribution system and air conditioning, vehicle detection in a "dead zone", 360 degree cameras, a warning against forgetting children and more.

However, the vehicle has not yet participated in the European crash test.

In Sinai it received 5 out of 5 stars.

Air suspension and night vision system as standard (photo: manufacturer website)

With the purchase, the importer also offers an extensive service package at no extra charge.

Personal service available 24/7, three years of maintenance or the first 60,000 km free of charge, collection and return service of the vehicle from the customer's home with the provision of a replacement vehicle, the vehicle itself has a 5-year full warranty with no km limit and an 8-year warranty on the battery , also here without a km limit.

In recent years, with the penetration of the Chinese brands, we have seen them playing with the equipment cards of their models, but no less so with the price card compared to the Western, Japanese and Korean manufacturers - the VOYAH FREE is no different in this aspect and presents a price tag of 390 A thousand shekels. Beyond the competitive price compared to the competitors, it includes a list of accessories that the other competitors are not able to offer at all, certainly not in the entry-level versions, these (with the exception of Tesla which is cheaper than it) are 80, 100 or 140 thousand shekels more expensive than it.

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Source: walla

All tech articles on 2023-01-23

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