An electric car in the style of the VW Beetle has now been presented at the Shanghai Motor Show. The Beetle-like vehicle does not come from VW, but from Ora, a brand from the Chinese manufacturer Great Wall Motors.
The model name Punk Cat comes from an internet survey, which is a risky strategy, for those who remember the saga of Boaty McBoatface. Then again, considering the brands last EV ist named ‘Good Cat‘, perhaps not much leeway was given in the online naming competition.
Great Wall Motors launched the subsidiary in 2018, which has released four models in the meantime; The R1 Black Cat is partly based on the Smart ForFour and partly Honda E, showing the willingness of the manufacturer to take inspiration from other automobiles. The ‘Cat’ naming scheme persists for the ‘White Cat’ as well.
In technical terms, not much is known about the vehicle. The manufacturer asserted that the driving experience is quite nostalgic, but regarding the battery or electric drive system are not yet known.