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JOLION HYBRID QUICK TO MAKE UP FOR HIP-POCKET HIT

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JOLION HYBRID QUICK TO MAKE UP FOR HIP-POCKET HIT

By DEREK OGDEN

The Haval Jolion has joined the EV set with its Ultra Hybrid model

Jolion has jumped on to the small-to-medium electric sports utility vehicle bandwagon with a petrol / electric hybrid topping out the range as the single specification Ultra model.

With a starting price of $40,990 drive away, $7000 more than its equivalent petrol sibling, the Chinese Great Wall Motors sourced-Haval Ultra is at odds with its economic running cost raison d’etre.

There are, however, some sweeteners. The hybrid Ultra has unique features such as a new front grille, LED lamps and fog lights with blue accents, and bumper, a new rear spoiler and 18-inch alloy wheels over the petrol Jolion Ultra.

The hybrid requires servicing every 12 months or 15,000 kilometres, whichever comes first. Haval includes five years of capped-price servicing that adds up to $1550 for maintenance.

STYLING

Visual differences between the Jolion petrol and Hybrid include new front and rear bumpers, a new front grille, blue accents in the front fog lights, a sportier rear spoiler, and a new design for the 18-inch wheels.

Unlocking the car with the key fob has the hybrid putting on a light show up front, with flickering and flashing like a Times Square ad strip. A bit embarrassing in the executive car park? This spotlight falls brightly on a grille with sparkling finish and horizontal accents to create a bold, if flashy, show.

The car’s profile is standard SUV lines with a coupe-like roof curve approaching the C-pillar. The rear is as plain as the front is flashy.

 

 

INTERIOR

 

Faux leather seating is good enough to give the impression of the luxury of the real thing but some hard plastic surfaces bring things back down to earth.

Thanks to a long wheelbase the bench-like back seat accommodates three across with generous legroom and there is no centre raised tunnel to produce knees-up discomfort in the centre spot. Headroom is compromised by the sloping roofline and sunroof.

Storage is taken care of by a central bin and a pair of cup holders in two sizes in the centre console, while door pockets can fit bottles.

Boot space checks in at 390 litres, 40 litres down on the petrol model due to electrical workings, expanding to 1069 litres with the 60:40 second row stowed.

INFOTAINMENT

A 12.3-inch touchscreen crowns the central dashboard and a 7-inch digital display sits directly in front of the driver. Topping this off is a head-up windscreen display featuring digital speedo and speed limits.

Connectivity consists of the 12.3-inch colour multimedia touchscreen linked to Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Audio is handled by a six-speaker system, while dual-zone air-conditioning keeps occupants in relative comfort.

It may be way past 1984 but the Jolion driver has a ‘Big Brother’ to check he or she is paying attention to matters at hand. A camera fixed to the A-pillar serves up an audible ding and the admonishment ‘Hey, don’t stray!’ on the touchscreen on catching what it thinks is concentration wavering. It’s all a bit, well, Chinese.

ENGINES / TRANSMISSIONS

The Haval Jolion Hybrid is powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine hitched up to GWM’s two-speed Direct Hybrid Transmission, driving through the front wheels. Incorporating an electric motor, combined output is 139 kW and 375 Nm.

SAFETY

Standard safety features include seven airbags including front-centre, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection.

There’s lane keeping assist, blind spot monitoring, traffic sign recognition, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control with stop / go and safe exit warning.

Cameras create an all-round plan view of the vehicle, while Haval’s one-eyed monster camera keeps a check of the driver’s behaviour behind the wheel.

DRIVING

The hybrid Jolion offers a number of drive modes – EV, allowing full electric driving; Series, which uses the petrol engine to generate power for the electric motor and battery; Parallel, which runs petrol and electric power together; and Regeneration, concentrating the electric motor’s regenerative braking function, recouping energy.

It’s not possible to move manually between modes, Jolion Ultra Hybrid assuming it can do things better than the mere mortal behind the wheel.

Sending power to the front wheels, GWM claims a combined fuel consumption of 5.0 litres per 100km for the Jolion Hybrid – down from 8.1 litres per 100 kilometres in the petrol Jolion – with regular 91RON unleaded.

The test vehicle turned in 6.9 litres per 100 kilometres on a range of driving in city and suburbs.

A series of drive modes – normal, sport, economy and snowfield – or one-pedal operation are accessed via the touchscreen – not the easiest while on the move

This latter function allows the driver to use the accelerator pedal only, easing off has the vehicle braking automatically.

The screen’s spot on the centre dash of the test car also had its problems, with
air-con controls underneath easy to catch accidentally while resting the palm on working the screen.

SUMMARY

Despite the $7000 price penalty over the petrol Jolion, the Ultra HEV could turn out to be a real worry for Toyota RAV4 and Kia Niro EV competitors. And shorter wait lists are a big bonus for buyers.

RATINGS
Looks: 7/10
Performance: 6/10
Safety: 7/10
Thirst: 5/10
Practicality: 6/10
Comfort: 6/10
Tech: 8/10
Value: 6/10

AT A GLANCE

MODEL LINE-UP

Haval Jolion Premium: $28,490

Haval Jolion Lux: $30,990

Haval Jolion Ultra: $33,990

Haval Jolion Ultra Hybrid: $40,990

Note: These prices are drive-away.

SPECIFICATIONS (Haval Jolion Civic Ultra 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol, electric motor, 1.76 kWh battery, 2sp automatic, FWD)

ENGINE:
Capacity: 1.497 litres
Configuration: Four cylinders inline
Combined Maximum Power: 139 kW
Combined Maximum Torque: 375 Nm

Fuel Type: Regular unleaded petrol
Combined Fuel Cycle (ADR 81/02): 5.0 L/100km

CO2 emissions 116 g/km

DRIVELINE: Two-speed automatic, front-wheel drive

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Nissan Keeps All Options Open for Qashqai SUV: Petrol, Hybrid, and Electric

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Nissan Keeps All Options Open for Qashqai SUV: Petrol, Hybrid, and Electric

 

By Jeff Gibbs

Nissan is set to maintain a versatile approach for its Qashqai SUV, continuing to offer petrol, hybrid, and electric powertrains to cater to varying market demands. While the next-generation all-electric Qashqai is on the horizon, Australia is likely to continue with petrol and e-Power options for the time being.

Continued Production of All Powertrains

Nissan’s Sunderland plant in the UK will keep producing the Qashqai for global markets, complemented by production in Dalian, China, for the local market with partner Dongfeng. The Sunderland facility supplies Qashqais to over 100 countries, including Australia. Speaking to Australian media, Nissan’s Senior Vice-President and Chief Planning Officer for the AMIEO (Africa, Middle East, India, Europe, and Oceania) region, Francois Bailly, confirmed that the electric Qashqai will not replace existing models but will be produced concurrently to meet diverse market needs.

Electrification Strategy and Market Adaptation

Bailly emphasized the variability in market readiness for electrification. “The markets around the world are so diverse, there’s a speed of electrification that we could imagine different technologies at the same time in different markets,” he said. However, he did not confirm the all-electric Qashqai for Australia specifically, noting the growing but still relatively low EV market share in the region.

Current and Future Qashqai Offerings in Australia

In Australia, the Qashqai is available with two powertrain options:

  • A 110kW/250Nm 1.3-litre turbo-petrol engine.
  • A 140kW/330Nm e-Power range-extender hybrid, which pairs a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor driving the front wheels.

For emissions-restricted markets like Europe, the Sunderland factory also builds a mild-hybrid version.

The facelifted Qashqai, expected to arrive in Australian showrooms by the end of the year, will likely retain the current powertrain options. It will feature updated exterior styling, improved cabin materials, and a new Google-powered infotainment system, although the latter is yet to be confirmed for Australia.

Investment and Production Plans

To prepare for the new all-electric Qashqai, Nissan has invested an additional £30 million ($AU57.7 million) in the Sunderland plant to accommodate the installation of heavy battery packs and high-voltage components. The Qashqai EV will share the production line with the internal combustion engine and e-Power hybrid versions, as well as the Juke small SUV and the upcoming new-generation Leaf crossover. This strategy allows for a seamless transition from the current Qashqai to the new models, ensuring continuous production of the popular SUV.

In conclusion, Nissan’s multipronged approach with the Qashqai ensures that the SUV remains adaptable to market trends and consumer needs, offering a blend of petrol, hybrid, and electric options. This flexibility positions the Qashqai to effectively meet the demands of diverse global markets, including Australia.

 

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Cadillac’s Future Sedans: Embracing Electric Power

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Cadillac’s Future Sedans: Embracing Electric Power

 

By Jeff Gibbs

Cadillac, the luxury arm of General Motors (GM), has reaffirmed its commitment to sedans, hinting at a future where these models could be electric. This revelation was made by Mike Simcoe, GM’s Vice President of Global Design, during a recent media roundtable. Simcoe, an Australian and former design boss of Holden, emphasized that while SUVs dominate the market, sedans remain a vital part of Cadillac’s future, potentially powered by batteries.

A New Generation of Sedans

Despite the industry’s heavy lean towards SUVs, Cadillac is preparing to introduce a new generation of sedans. These models will be a key part of Cadillac’s lineup in the coming years, according to Simcoe. “We will certainly have a sedan in the portfolio at some point in the future,” he confirmed. This statement underscores Cadillac’s intention to diversify its offerings beyond the ubiquitous SUV trend.

The Celestiq: Cadillac’s Luxury Electric Sedan

Cadillac already offers the Celestiq, an electric vehicle that it refers to as a sedan. However, the Celestiq, priced at $US340,000 ($AU520,000), is designed to compete with ultra-luxury brands like Rolls-Royce and Bentley. This places it out of reach for most consumers, signaling Cadillac’s ambition to produce more affordable electric sedans that can cater to a broader market segment.

The Need for Affordable Electric Sedans

Simcoe indicated that while the luxury market appreciates high-end electric sedans like the Celestiq, there is a significant opportunity for more affordable electric sedans within Cadillac’s lineup. He remarked on the dominance of SUVs, calling them a “necessary evil” due to their market prevalence and practicality. However, Simcoe pointed out that many consumers, particularly those with higher disposable incomes, still desire a second vehicle that isn’t an SUV. This opens the door for sedans, especially those that are electrically powered.

Current Sedan Offerings and Performance Models

At present, Cadillac’s sedan lineup in North America includes the CT4 and CT5. These models, particularly their performance variants, are powered by twin-turbo V6 and supercharged V8 engines, aiming to rival BMW’s M3 and M5. These sedans showcase Cadillac’s commitment to performance and luxury, a tradition it aims to continue even as it shifts towards electric powertrains.

Cadillac’s Return to Australia and Electric Future

In a significant move, Cadillac announced its return to the Australian market in late 2024. This return is marked by an exclusive offering of electric vehicles, aligning with the global shift towards sustainable transportation. While Cadillac previously committed to transitioning to an all-electric lineup by 2030, recent updates indicate that petrol-powered models will continue to be manufactured into the new decade. This dual approach allows Cadillac to cater to diverse market needs while progressing towards a greener future.

Conclusion

Cadillac’s reaffirmation of its commitment to sedans, coupled with its strategic pivot towards electric vehicles, highlights the brand’s adaptive and forward-thinking approach. By continuing to innovate in the sedan segment and introducing more accessible electric models, Cadillac aims to maintain its legacy of luxury and performance. As the automotive industry evolves, Cadillac’s blend of tradition and innovation positions it well to meet the demands of modern consumers and sustain its competitive edge in the luxury market.

 

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BYD Sets Third Australian Sales Record in Four Months

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BYD Sets Third Australian Sales Record in Four Months

 

By Jeff Gibbs

In a significant achievement, BYD has set its third Australian sales record in four months, with close to 2000 electric vehicles sold last month. The momentum is set to increase further with the introduction of a new range of hybrid cars.

Record-Breaking Sales Record Performance

BYD’s sales in Australia continue to soar, driven by the growing demand for Chinese-branded cars. The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) reported that 1914 BYD electric vehicles were sold in May 2024, marking a 32% increase compared to May of the previous year. This remarkable performance underscores BYD’s rapid expansion and acceptance in the Australian market.

Upcoming Hybrid Models

The boost in BYD sales is expected to be further amplified by the upcoming launch of a new range of plug-in hybrid vehicles. This range includes a family SUV, the Sealion 6, and a utility vehicle (ute), both of which were announced last month. Although deliveries of the Sealion 6 plug-in hybrid SUV have not yet started, anticipation is high, and its introduction is expected to drive sales even higher.

Top Sellers and Market Dynamics

In May 2024, the majority of BYD’s reported sales were electric vehicles, with the Seal sedan leading the pack at 1002 units sold. This was followed by the Atto 3 with 737 units, despite a year-on-year decline of 49%, and the Dolphin with 175 units. BYD’s previous best monthly sales were recorded in March 2024 with 1622 deliveries, and in February 2024 with 1549 vehicles.

Despite BYD’s impressive performance, Tesla remains a formidable competitor, delivering nearly twice as many cars as BYD in May 2024, totaling 3567 vehicles. However, BYD’s sales trajectory is notable, with a 67% increase over the first five months of 2024 compared to the same period in the previous year. This growth positions BYD to potentially surpass 20,000 deliveries by the end of the year, though this falls short of their goal to double sales year-on-year.

Rapid Market Penetration

BYD’s rapid market penetration is unprecedented for a new automotive brand in Australia. It took BYD just one year and seven months to report more than 1900 new vehicles sold in a month. In contrast, other emerging brands such as MG, LDV, and GWM took significantly longer to achieve the same milestone, highlighting BYD’s exceptional growth rate.

Industry-Wide Trends

The rise in electric vehicle deliveries in Australia is part of a broader trend. Year-to-date, electric car sales have increased by 26.8%, totalling 40,636 vehicles. This follows a temporary dip in April 2024, the first since the pandemic. Electric vehicles accounted for 8% of new vehicle sales in May 2024, reflecting their growing popularity.

Similarly, plug-in hybrid sales have surged by 118% year-to-date, reaching 6099 deliveries. Although starting from a lower base, this growth indicates a strong interest in hybrid technology among Australian consumers.

China’s Position in the Market

China remains the third-largest source of new motor vehicles sold in Australia, trailing only Japan and Thailand. This places China ahead of other major automotive exporters like South Korea, Germany, and the United States. Sales of Chinese-made vehicles have risen by 7.9% year-to-date compared to the same period last year, further solidifying China’s role in the Australian automotive market.

Conclusion

BYD’s continued success and rapid growth in the Australian market illustrate a significant shift in consumer preferences towards electric and hybrid vehicles. With new models on the horizon and a strong sales trajectory, BYD is well-positioned to capitalize on the growing demand for environmentally friendly transportation options. This momentum not only sets a new benchmark for emerging automotive brands but also contributes to the broader adoption of sustainable technologies in Australia.

 

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