• The Haval Jolion launched locally in 2021.
• Pricing starts from R299 900.
• The Jolion range makes use of a turbocharged 1.5-litre engine.
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The SUV market is an ever-growing one. And just when it seems the market can't get any fuller, a new contender stands on the horizon, ready to duke it out with the competition.
June might have signalled the midway point of 2021, but with it also came a fresh Naamsa report that represented especially good reading for one automaker in particular.
Chinese automaker Haval launched its Jolion SUV earlier in 2021, and its primary objective was to match, or even surpass, what automakers from Germany, France and Korea had to offer
The newcomer sold an impressive 708 units for the month of June compared to its closest rivals like the Volkswagen T-Cross (465), Peugeot 2008 (84), Kia Seltos (290), and Hyundai Venue (459).
With a starting price of R299 900, it is also the cheapest in its segment. The T-Cross warrants a starting price of R347 100, 2008 at R364 900, Seltos at R399 995, and Venue at R311 900.
The H1, H2 and H6 are Haval's other best-selling models, selling 196, 153 and 178 units, respectively.
Though it is not considered a deal-breaker and because most modern engines are tiny, the Jolion range uses a turbocharged 1.5-litre engine that generates 105kW and 240Nm. Early indications are that the Jolion can become a bread and butter fixture for the Chinese automaker in the coming months and years in South Africa.
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