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The Great Wall's homage to the VW Beetle

Written by Daniel Andzhurov – April 27, 2021

Reviewed by Asaf Kedem

The Chinese manufacturer Great Wall has copied the VW Beetle Turtle in its new electric car, as you can see above. At the Auto Shanghai exhibition, Great Wall showcased its electric car "Ora"—in the style of the 4-door version of “VW Turtle." Both inside and out, there are elements that strongly resemble the German car icon.


The most significant difference between the homage and the original: the Ora version has four instead of two doors. In addition, the classic round headlights are equipped with modern lighting technology. The retro look is supported by a lot of chrome. The cockpit is also similar to that of the former "Turtle"—above all, the design of the steering wheel. There is a touch screen in the middle of the dashboard. In technical terms, the model is probably based on the ME developed by Great Wall electric vehicle platform. The first Ora model on this technical base is the small car R1, it can reportedly run with a battery with a capacity of 33 kWh with an expected range of about 310 kilometers.


Ora's first impressions are reminiscent of a VW "Turtle." The studio now on display is a refinement of Ora's 2020 Good Cat, which also looked like a VW Turtle. The power of the electric motor is 105 kW (143 hp) and maximum mileage about 500 kilometers. The new turtle clone is also expected to contain the word "cat" in its name. The Chinese have a long tradition of copying Western car models. The Volkswagen Group also suffered: when the Zotye SR9 appeared on the market, it looked strikingly like a Porsche Macan.


Auto Trendy’s take:

This new electric Great Wall is another example of the Restomod phenomenon which we talked about in the Opel Manta GSe ElektroMOD article. However, this time it is a duplicate version, which to us says only one thing: The VW Turtle was, and still is, great. Also, history says that The Beetle has also been in the roots of the very first Porsche 356. The moral of the story, as we see it, is that machines produced in difficult times can be so good as to last forever.