Great Wall Motor's Haval H6 Hybrid – Another Brick in the Wall?

Jason R. Sakurai
by Jason R. Sakurai

Great Wall Motor (GWM) premiered the new Haval H6 Hybrid SUV at the 42nd Bangkok International Motor Show this week, a reaffirmation of the company’s xEV commitment to Asian if not world domination.

GWM’s launch follows their entry into the Thai market in February of this year. Elliot Zhang, President, Great Wall Motor ASEAN and Thailand, said, “GWM has been accelerating our operations to meet the needs of Thai consumers as quickly as possible. Despite challenges surrounding COVID-19, we have completed our acquisition of Rayong factory, connected with Thai consumers to gain their insights, and launched the GWM brand in Thailand. Throughout 30 years, GWM has created a phenomenal success through many popular products. In China, the pickup from GWM has been number one in terms of sales for 23 consecutive years and the Haval brand has surpassed sales of 6.5 million units. Haval H6 has been the leader in sales for eight consecutive years.”

The Haval H6 Hybrid SUV on display at the show is a two-wheel drive version with a 1.5-liter turbo engine and a 130-kW electric motor, resulting in integrated power output of 179 kW or 243 HP, and integrated torque of 530 Nm. Rolling on blingy-looking 19-inch wheels, the Haval H6 has overall dimensions of 6-feet 2.25-inches wide, by 15-feet, 3.19-inches long by 5-feet, 7.87-inches high, with a wheelbase of 8-feet, 11.79-inches, a somewhat larger SUV for the Asian market.

Technology is big everywhere, and here GWM has incorporated Integrated Auto Parking, 360-degree cams and sensors to seek out parking spaces, and complete the parking function autonomously. Auto Reversing Assistance (ARA) memorizes directions at speeds lower than 29 MPH, and can drive in reverse for up to 49 feet. The best is Wisdom Dodge System (WDS), which detects and keeps the Haval H6 a fixed distance from other vehicles. WDS maintains that distance while overtaking another vehicle, and will automatically steer the H6 back in its lane, resulting in safe overtaking. No idea if the driver in the other vehicle doesn’t want you to pass whether WDS will accelerate autonomously in ‘Fast And The Furious’ fashion to put your Haval H6 in the lead or not.

The Haval H6 Hybrid will be open for orders in Thailand in the second quarter of this year. GWM will host test drive events and other activities in this market prior to the SUV’s on-sale date.

According to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), there were about 215,000 pickups sold in China in the first seven months of 2020, or 430,000 extrapolated for the year. In comparison, there were 3.1 million sold in the U.S., of which 787,422 were Ford F-series trucks. At this rate, it will take all the Chinese manufacturers several generations and many iterations of their trucks just to reach Ford’s current output.

[Images: Great Wall Motor]

Jason R. Sakurai
Jason R. Sakurai

With a father who owned a dealership, I literally grew up in the business. After college, I worked for GM, Nissan and Mazda, writing articles for automotive enthusiast magazines as a side gig. I discovered you could make a living selling ad space at Four Wheeler magazine, before I moved on to selling TV for the National Hot Rod Association. After that, I started Roadhouse, a marketing, advertising and PR firm dedicated to the automotive, outdoor/apparel, and entertainment industries. Through the years, I continued writing, shooting, and editing. It keep things interesting.

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  • WallMeerkat WallMeerkat on Mar 26, 2021

    They briefly sold the Great Wall Steed locally. Some local farmers picked it up as a cheap alternative to the similar looking Isuzu DMax Denver Rodeo. But then EU regulations forced them out of the market again.

  • RHD RHD on Mar 26, 2021

    Haval sounds like a misspelling of Halal. What happened to versions H1 through H5? The wheels are too big and the engine is too small. Seriously, 1.5 liters??!! It would almost put a '61 VW Beetle to shame.

  • Dartdude Having the queen of nothing as the head of Dodge is a recipe for disaster. She hasn't done anything with Chrysler for 4 years, May as well fold up Chrysler and Dodge.
  • Pau65792686 I think there is a need for more sedans. Some people would rather drive a car over SUV’s or CUV’s. If Honda and Toyota can do it why not American brands. We need more affordable sedans.
  • Tassos Obsolete relic is NOT a used car.It might have attracted some buyers in ITS DAY, 1985, 40 years ago, but NOT today, unless you are a damned fool.
  • Stan Reither Jr. Part throttle efficiency was mentioned earlier in a postThis type of reciprocating engine opens the door to achieve(slightly) variable stroke which would provide variable mechanical compression ratio adjustments for high vacuum (light load) or boost(power) conditions IMO
  • Joe65688619 Keep in mind some of these suppliers are not just supplying parts, but assembled components (easy example is transmissions). But there are far more, and the more they are electronically connected and integrated with rest of the platform the more complex to design, engineer, and manufacture. Most contract manufacturers don't make a lot of money in the design and engineering space because their customers to that. Commodity components can be sourced anywhere, but there are only a handful of contract manufacturers (usually diversified companies that build all kinds of stuff for other brands) can engineer and build the more complex components, especially with electronics. Every single new car I've purchased in the last few years has had some sort of electronic component issue: Infinti (battery drain caused by software bug and poorly grounded wires), Acura (radio hiss, pops, burps, dash and infotainment screens occasionally throw errors and the ignition must be killed to reboot them, voice nav, whether using the car's system or CarPlay can't seem to make up its mind as to which speakers to use and how loud, even using the same app on the same trip - I almost jumped in my seat once), GMC drivetrain EMF causing a whine in the speakers that even when "off" that phased with engine RPM), Nissan (didn't have issues until 120K miles, but occassionally blew fuses for interior components - likely not a manufacturing defect other than a short developed somewhere, but on a high-mileage car that was mechanically sound was too expensive to fix (a lot of trial and error and tracing connections = labor costs). What I suspect will happen is that only the largest commodity suppliers that can really leverage their supply chain will remain, and for the more complex components (think bumper assemblies or the electronics for them supporting all kinds of sensors) will likley consolidate to a handful of manufacturers who may eventually specialize in what they produce. This is part of the reason why seemingly minor crashes cost so much - an auto brand does nst have the parts on hand to replace an integrated sensor , nor the expertice as they never built them, but bought them). And their suppliers, in attempt to cut costs, build them in way that is cheap to manufacture (not necessarily poorly bulit) but difficult to replace without swapping entire assemblies or units).I've love to see an article on repair costs and how those are impacting insurance rates. You almost need gap insurance now because of how quickly cars depreciate yet remain expensive to fix (orders more to originally build, in some cases). No way I would buy a CyberTruck - don't want one, but if I did, this would stop me. And it's not just EVs.
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