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ORA Punk Cat Chinese EV Is A Volkswagen’s Nightmare

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The ORA Punk Cat is another Volkswagen Beetle “inspirated” vehicle from Great Wall Motors. It was first introduced at Auto Shanghai 2021. It instantly attracted the attention of many people. Some folks said Volkswagen wouldn’t allow this car to exist. But later, ORA presented one more retro car with an appearance similar to a Volkswagen Beetle. This car is called ORA Ballet Cat and its production has already launched. And now the ORA Punk Cat is ready to crack in, too – MIIT just approved its production.

The design of the ORA Punk Cat looks very similar to a Volkswagen Beetle. This model has a slope bonnet shape, wide wheel arches, and rounded headlights. It has got a lot of chrome elements all around the car body.

This car’s dimensions are 4749/1989/1725 mm with a wheelbase of 2915 mm. It is way bigger than the ORA Ballet Cat. To be precise, it is 348 mm longer, 109 mm wider, and 92 mm higher. The Punk Cat’s wheelbase is 165 mm longer. So these two cars will play in different segments, attracting as many consumers as possible.   

The ORA Punk Cat has an electric motor with a peak power of 220 kW (299 hp). It has an LFP battery from CATL on board.

In mid-February, Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess wrote on Reddit that the company plans to release an electric version of the Volkswagen Beetle in the future. But Great Wall and ORA have already outstripped a VAG. Soon two “clones” of the Beetle will hit the Chinese market. So maybe the easiest way for Volkswagen to release an electric “Beetle” is to rebadge one of the ORA’s cars 🙂

Source: MIIT, Sina, tracednews

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11 COMMENTS

  1. Back in 1974 when I came in this country was only one filer for Japanese cars it was a. Datsun in w12 stir up from lord corporation I use to buy Tulsa from the stores made in Japan use to coll japanise janck thinks has change thru my life I sow a lot of thinks that change Chinese janck go a change also from. Memory lane

  2. Back in 1974 when I came in this country was only one diller for Japanese cars it was a. Datsun in w12 str up from lord corporation I use to buy Tuls from the stores made in Japan use to coll japanise janck thinks has change thru my life I sow a lot of thinks that change Chinese janck go a change also from. Memory lane

  3. I love this car!!!
    Hope it will be reliable and safe as it looks!!!
    Ive had a beetle 1971 model S Bug for last 17 yrs and the VW Guru Andrew Dodd keeps her going.Been a very reliable and enjoyable car to drive and own!!!

  4. It’s a very nice design – of course it is, it’s based on the original beetle! As usual the Chinese manufacturers need to look to the west to find a design to copy.
    But I wouldn’t get my hopes up, it’ll be the usual Communist car underneath that cute exterior, just enough to work, generally crappy and cheap, no innovation, mundane drive train, and partially made with slave labor.
    Communist officials don’t recognize that a car is more than a mode of transport, so do not expect a fun or engaging ride. The design part is just a utilitarian move to sell more cars, they don’t really care about it.
    What a shame! If only a proper manufacturer had made it instead, it would be worth buying, but then again a proper manufacturer probably wouldn’t make such a blatant ripoff of a ancient German design…

  5. Hi, Realisticaly! Thank you for sharing!
    Today Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology revealed that the ORA Punk Cat will have a version with two electric motors and 544 hp! So it will surely be a nice car to drive.
    There also were spy images of the road-ready version of the ORA Punk Cat, and it looks very comfy and nice. You can find it in our articles.
    Speaking about slave labor, I wasn’t on a Great Wall Motors’ plant myself, but my colleagues were, and they haven’t seen anything, connected to it. The assembly process is highly automated.
    So, personally, I think that the ORA Punk Cat isn’t a bad and cheap car.

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