SUV segment newbie Haval has bowed to the inevitable and slashed the price of
its smallest model, the H2, as it fights to gain more traction in Australia's
choice-flooded automotive marketplace.
Previously available from $26,490 plus on-road costs, the two-wheel drive H2
Premium is now on offer for $24,990 driveaway, representing a saving of more
than $3000, and more in line with prices of established rivals.
The Chinese company has also confirmed that its fourth SUV model line, the
mid-sized H6, is on target to land in Australia mid year, using the shortened
H6 title instead of H6 Coupe, as it is known in China.
In the latest marketing moves to rev up sales of H2, no change has been made to
specification or performance, with the 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol producing
the same 110kW and 210Nm. It is matched to a six-speed manual gearbox.
Standard equipment includes six airbags, 18-inch alloy wheels, sunroof,
7.0-inch touchscreen, reversing camera, rear parking sensors, keyless entry and
start, cruise control, rain sensing wipers, dusk sensing headlights and
Haval Motors Australia chief marketing officer Tim Smith said the H2 price
shuffle marked the start of the company's next phase in Australia.
“From day one, the Haval H2 has always represented feature-packed motoring,” he
“Now with the Premium manual available for just $24,990 drive-away, it
represents outstanding value for money as well and a saving of more than $3000.
“It signals the next chapter in the growing Haval story, with some exciting
news in the pipeline for the brand in Australia.”
In parallel with the price reduction for H2, the company says its greatest
focus is on getting “Australia's newest” car brand into the public eye and on
to customers consideration set, and that a strategic marketing campaign was
In addition to more conventional promotion, Haval has been doing 'shopping
centre activations' where shoppers can see the range of H2, H8 and H9 vehicles
in person, as well as participating in games to win merchandise and a weekend
with a Haval.
Speaking to GoAuto, Haval Motors Australia public relations specialist Andrew
Ellis acknowledged the challenge ahead, but said activities like the “mini
motor show” stand in retail centres have had a positive affect.
“It was sensational,” he said. “We were getting so much data, we booked
hundreds of test drives and we were able to start building a database. The main
question was – tell me about Haval.
“People are attracted by the car but their first question is 'who are you'. We
know we've got to build that brand awareness and this is part of that.
“It's a very, very tough market out there and everybody is out there with lots
Haval's top seller to date is the H9 large SUV and, although Mr Ellis said the
flagship had accounted for “about 50 vehicles at the moment” that number was
growing. “It's small but we are getting there,” he said.
The car-maker was launched in Australia with three models but Mr Ellis
confirmed that the trio will be joined by a fourth “mid-year” and that the
model will be dubbed H6 and not H6 Coupe as is the title in China, where the
model has been on sale for some time.
Beyond that, the range will be further bolstered by the arrival of the H7 at a
time yet to be finalised. Mr Ellis said he had no information to offer on the
H7, but he said he was expecting to “learn a lot more from the Beijing show”
where the production model will debut.
As previously reported by GoAuto, the H7 is likely to showcase some
electrification innovations for the company and may come to Australia as a
plug-in hybrid only.
A growing model line-up will be supported by an expanding dealer network, and
Mr Ellis confirmed that in addition to Queensland's first dealer, lots of work
behind the scenes would result in a significant announcement “soon”.
“We are still on track to have 15 to 20 (dealerships) by the end of the year.
There is so much going on behind the scenes. In the next few months you'll
start to see some real changes.”