HAVAL preparing for big Aussie future

haval H9 grille front styling

More dealers and improved models

HAVAL Australia say they are looking forward to a bigger and brighter future in Australia.

After a solid start to life in Australia in 2015, sales have moved along slowly, but consistently for the Chinese SUV brand.

As of 2017, HAVAL has 15 dealers operating in Australia selling four different models – H2, H6, H8, H9.

However, HAVAL has just given us a media briefing and outlined some exciting changes planned for the brand in the next couple of years, including:

  • Expansion of dealer network to 25 locations by end of 2017
  • As many as 50 dealerships around Australia by 2020
  • Significant ramp-up in brand marketing and advertising
  • HAVAL will launch into New Zealand in coming months

And that’s just the start, HAVAL tell us they are working hard to improve their products, including promising the following improvements to its current model line-up:

  • Re-tuning of stability control for “less intrusion”
  • Removal of spoken instructions from reverse camera system
  • Removal of a rear seatbelt warning light in H6
  • Availability of optional sat-nav in H2 and H6

Big updates for HAVAL H9

2018 HAVAL H9

A great deal of effort also looks to have been put into the HAVAL H9 with an updated model coming later in the year.

This offering will feature an additional 20kW/26Nm (for new 180kW/350Nm outputs).

It also picks up Lane Departure Warning and Blind Spot Monitoring as standard.

A new instrument panel with digital speedometer also features, while the LUX version gets a new panoramic sunroof.

Some external styling tweaks are also coming, these will include a new grille, front fog lights and alloy wheel designs.

HAVAL is also investigating and testing the possible local re-tuning of suspension for local conditions (joint program with Ironman 4×4).

2018 sees HAVAL H7 land

2018 HAVAL H7

Finally, HAVAL has also let us know about the local arrival of the all-new HAVAL H7.

Landing early next year, the new seven-seat SUV is said to boast more room than similarly-priced rivals.

Powered by a 170kW/350Nm turbo-petrol engine, the model will come standard with a six-speed dual clutch auto transmission.

While the LUX model will include a panoramic sunroof, electric tailgate, 12.3″ virtual instrument panel and semi-automatic parking.

We will bring you more coverage from this event as it comes to hand and will continue to bring you the latest HAVAL News as it comes to hand.

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