Cycle & Carriage Singapore announced its partnership with Great Wall Motor to bring in the latter’s ORA brand of electric vehicles to Singapore.
The event took place at Jewel Changi Airport’s Cloud9 Piazza where the ORA Good Cat, the first ORA model poised to enter Singapore’s car market in the near future, was showcased to the media.
ORA, which stands for Open, Reliable and Alternative, is Great Wall Motor’s youthful and appealing EV brand. The brand is committed to creating comfortable, stylish, emission-free and beautiful cars to make e-mobility easy and accessible.
While it sounds ambitious, there’s no doubt in ORA’s ability to offer exactly what it sets out to do. ORA’s parent company, Great Wall Motor, is one of the first Chinese auto enterprises to go global, and it has more than 500 overseas networks, covering regional markets such as the Middle East, Africa, South America, and Asia Pacific.
In addition, Great Wall Motor has also established several research and development centres in countries such as China, Germany, Japan and the United States, with a particular focus on electric vehicles and driving technologies.
With the rapidly expanding EV market in Singapore, along with a slew of government initiatives to support and encourage the adoption of EVs, the current climate is excellent for the introduction of new EV options.
Cycle & Carriage believes that ORA is a compatible addition to its stable of brands and believes the brand will appeal to the active and young-at-heart consumers within the mass market segment. Moreover, ORA’s range of products also offers an attractive entry-point pricing for EV adopters.
Indeed, the first ORA product that is planned to reach Singapore’s shores looks exactly like what the brand is promising.
The ORA Good Cat is an affordable, feature-packed, and stylish electric hatchback. Designed by former Porsche designer Emanuel Derta under the concept of “Retro Futuristic”, the ORA Good Cat is a truly unique EV.
While the Porsche-inspired design elements of the Good Cat is undeniable (there’s a hint of the Porsche 356 in its front end), this isn’t a simple work of mimicry.
The Good Cat features plenty of cheerful design elements, such as the “winking-effect” light show that the headlights put up when you unlock the car, which sets it apart from everything else in the market.
In contrast to the exterior’s futuristic cute design, the cabin of the Good Cat is a heavily retro-inspired and peppered with modern amenities such as the pair of oversized displays that serve as the infotainment system and the digital cluster.
The Good Cat isn’t just a showpiece either. It is designed with both style and function in mind, with features such as electric and memory seats, automatic parking capabilities and a 360-degree camera function.
It also has an impressive list of advanced safety features that includes intelligent evade, emergency lane keeping, and forward collision warning with braking assist.
At the moment, the exact specifications and pricing of the ORA Good Cat that Singapore will be getting has not been confirmed. However, a Cycle & Carriage spokesperson that model to be sold here will have the largest battery option with mid-level equipment.
The ORA Good Cat will be eligible for Cat A COE. It is expected to be launched in either June or July 2023, and the ORA brand will be housed in a new showroom along Leng Kee Road.
This story was first published on Sgcarmart.