RAY MASSEY: Great Wall to sell cars from its Ora brand in UK

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Chinese car maker Great Wall Motors to sell all-electric hatchback cars from its Ora brand in UK

By Ray Massey Motoring Editor For The Daily Mail

Published: 16:50 EDT, 10 September 2021 | Updated: 16:50 EDT, 10 September 2021

Chinese car maker Great Wall Motors confirmed at the Munich Motor Show that it is to sell perky, all-electric hatchback cars from its Ora brand in the UK. 

First to arrive will be the cute Ora Cat, which seems to be a cheeky blend of styling cues that pay homage to everything from Porsches to Minis. 

Cream of the crop: Great Wall confirmed that it is to sell all-electric hatchback cars from its Ora brand in the UK - first to arrive will be the cute Ora Cat (pictured) 

Powered by a 63kWh battery and a 169bhp electric motor, it accelerates from rest to 62mph in 8.5seconds with a claimed range of 250miles. 

But expect prices of about £25,000 to £30,000 when order books open at the year's end for delivery in mid-2022.

On display at a trendy minimalist gallery in central Munich that will be the model for new premium Korean car maker Genesis's UK boutique showrooms, I spied the Genesis X, the prototype for a new sleek and sporty coupe-like grand tourer. 

Low CO2 city cars being killed off by red tape 

Super fuel-efficient and low CO2 city cars are, perversely, being killed off by red tape, environmental rules, and emissions regulations that make them prohibitively expensive, says a top car boss. 

Sounding the death knell for the small Citroen C1, the firm's executive Vincent Cobee said replacing it would be 'nearly impossible'. 

 Innovation: The C1 was developed alongside the Peugeot 108 (both part of the Stellantis conglomerate) and the Aygo from Toyota

He said: 'That segment is being erased by the environmental pressure.' 

The C1 was developed alongside the Peugeot 108 (both part of the Stellantis conglomerate) and the Aygo from Toyota, which says it will continue with its city car for another generation. 

End of the road: Sounding the death knell for the small Citroen C1, the firm's executive Vincent Cobee (pictured) said replacing it would be 'nearly impossible'

Last year, Citroen launched its £5,000 zero-­emissions AMI electric quadricyle, pictured, driveable in some European countries at age 16 without a licence. A decision on whether it'll be sold in the UK is imminent. 

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