It hasn’t arrived in Europe yet, and it’s already making waves: It’s the friendly Ora Funky Cat from the Chinese group Great Wall Motor, which has just achieved 5 stars in Euro NCAP’s crash test.
At the question, “Why aren’t more Chinese cars sold in Europe”, the answer was clear: they do not meet the current safety standards of the old continent. That was true a few years ago, but with the overflowing ambitions of Chinese manufacturers in Europe, they naturally had to pick up speed.
The independent body Euro NCAP recently changed its protocol, also with an emphasis on driving aids. Thus, we have seen certain models plummet in the rankings after their passage under the new protocol, such as the Renault Zoé, which went from 5 to 0 stars. This does not mean that a Zoe is no longer safe. What makes the difference today is also and above all the presence of active safety elementssuch as lane warning or automatic emergency braking with detection of pedestrians and cyclists.
Modern cars are apparently all equipped with it as standard now, but other models, such as the Dacia Spring and its more modest price, do not have it and are penalized by the test protocol. Apart from that, It is rare that the models achieve less than 4 stars.
The surprise from China
Euro NCAP has recently published a new burst of results, including those of the Tesla Model Y, which simply becomes the safest car of all models tested by Euro NCAP since the new protocol. It scores an overall rating of 92%, three points higher than safety benchmarks such as the Lexus LX and Subaru Outback.
In addition to the American SUV record, another model stood out: the Ora Funky Cat. This name probably doesn’t mean much to you, and that’s normal since the car hasn’t been marketed in Europe yet. This model will be presented next October on the occasion of the Paris World Cup by the Chinese manufacturer Great Wall Motors before being marketed on the old continent.
And the dreaded Euro NCAP crash test went quite well since then, to say the least Ora Funky Cat received the maximum rating of 5 stars. It even allowed itself to do better than certain references in Europe, namely the Renault Mégane E-Tech and the BMW i4. Thus, in the categories “Adult protection”, “Pedestrian protection” and “Safety aids”, the small Chinese car achieved marks of 92%, 74% and 93%, all better than the two previously mentioned European models.
As noted by our colleagues from Numerama, if we add the points for the various ratings, the Ora Funky Cat takes third place behind the Volkswagen ID.5 and the Tesla Model Y.
But what is Ora Funky Car?
Halfway between the compact and the city car, although the dimensions (4,235 x 1,825 x 1,603 mm) bring it closer to a Volkswagen ID.3 than a Fiat 500, the Ora Funky Car should appeal to many European customers with its delicate neo-retro style, which draws many inspirations. Its round optics at the front, for example, resemble a mix between a Mini and a Porsche, while the rear looks like a Renault Zoé without lights.
Technically, the Ora Funky Cat has a battery on it 48 kWh for an advertised range of 193 WLTP miles (ie approx 310 km). It’s really not much for a car with such a battery. Remember that a Renault Zoé with its 50 kWh battery promises a range of 390 km. In terms of performance, Great Wall Motors promises a shot from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.3 seconds thanks to an engine of 171 horsepower located on the front axle and a torque of 250 Nm. For recharging, it is necessary to count on an output of 80 kW in DC and 11 kW in AC three-phase or 6.6 kW in single-phase.
The advantage of this model should be its price, although it is still unknown at the time of writing these lines. In the UK, the Ora Funky Cat will be available at the end of the year at a price of £30,495, i.e. approximately 36,000 euros. A rather high price compared to other technically similar models, which on paper seem more successful.
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