A car that "breaks the mould" Brendan Foot Supersite

When Alan describes his new red GWM Ora, he says it’s a car that redefined his expectations of vehicle style and design. After looking at numerous cars that all felt like a slightly different version of the same thing, the GWM Ora put an end to his search. Now that he’s been driving his new car for a few months, we caught up with him to see how it’s going.

Clean energy

Like an increasing number of Kiwis, Alan made the decision earlier this year that he wanted his next car to be a greener choice. Although he had never driven an electric vehicle, his husband’s experience with a hybrid car got him thinking. Why not go fully electric and enjoy the benefits of fuel savings and a cleaner drive?

Living and working in suburban Wellington, Alan wanted a car that was compact and easy to drive through the inner-city streets but also delivered on performance, style, and technology.

But, with most of the well-known EV brands being either too large or having a hefty price tag, he wasn’t sure if he’d find the right fit. That’s when he discovered the GWM Ora EV – a car he describes as “breaking the mould in terms of EV design”.

Truly unique

One of the first things Alan noticed about the GWM Ora was its eye-catching design. “A lot of traditional car manufacturers are coming up with cars that look the same,” he says. “Nothing really distinguishes them.”
The GWM Ora, on the other hand, stood out from the crowd. “From the funky outline of the exterior to the interior ergonomics and modern-retro aesthetic, it feels like a reinvention of the car.”

Buyers have the option of a white interior, which really stands out as something different, or classic black. “I chose the black which feels very upmarket and modern,” he says.

Less is more

The size of the car was a significant factor. “I didn’t have the need for a big SUV that would fit a family and the dog,” Alan explains. What he wanted was an affordable smaller car that would suit him as a city run-about.

“The GWM Ora was exactly what I was looking for in terms of size and price,” he says.

Intuitive technology

Transitioning from a traditional car to a high-tech EV can take a bit of getting used to. But Alan says the GWM Ora’s seamless blend of innovation and intuition made it incredibly easy to use.

“Things like the Apple CarPlay, wireless charging, and keyless entry are fantastic,” he says.

“The touch screen system is user-friendly and easy to configure to your preferences. Now that I’ve customised the settings to how I like it, I hardly need to touch anything. Every time I get in the car it’s all set up and good to go.”

The daily drive

Inner-city driving can often feel like a chore, but now that he’s had a few months behind the wheel, Alan says his daily commute is something he looks forward to.

“It’s a very smooth and comfortable drive,” he says, highlighting the car’s torque as a particular standout. “It’s great for zipping around the urban streets and getting up to speed on the motorway.”

Alan explains that one standout feature is the adaptive cruise control. “It’s fantastic for driving in traffic because it automatically gauges the distance to the car in front and adjusts the speed accordingly.”

With its plush faux-leatherette seats, the comfort factor inside the car is also a big bonus. “It feels like I’m sitting in an armchair; it’s so comfortable,” says Alan.

And the little things make a big difference too. “There’s a nice space for my coffee mug – very important!” he says. “And the sound quality of the stereo system is great which just adds to the overall driving experience.”

5-star safety

Safety was another key consideration for Alan, and the Ora didn’t disappoint. With a 5-star ANCAP safety rating, he had the confidence he was making a quality purchase. “The safety features, like automatic braking, are not just bells and whistles; they genuinely keep me safe,” he says.

Another feature that’s become indispensable for Alan is the 360-degree camera. “It makes reversing so much safer and easier. I use it all the time.”

Plenty of range

When it comes to electric vehicles, range is often a hot topic. For Alan, it was crucial that his new car could comfortably handle his daily commute around Wellington without the need for frequent charging. The GWM Ora standard model offers a generous range of up to 310 km, more than meeting his needs.

But it’s not just the numbers that impressed Alan; it’s the reliability of the battery measurement. “Ironically, I actually have less ‘range anxiety’ with the Ora than I did with my petrol car,” he shares.

“I used to find that once I got below quarter of a tank of petrol, I started to get a bit panicky about filling up. That last quarter always drops like a stone. But with the Ora, the charge percentage is very accurate, and it drops at a consistent rate, so you don’t get caught off guard.”

Alan also offers some sage advice for those considering making the switch to an electric vehicle. “You have to think differently when you’re buying electric,” he says. “Buy for the 80% of what you’ll do, not the occasional trip. My average daily distance is only 60 km, so getting something with an excessive range would have been overkill.”

When it comes to charging, Alan says his Evnex E2 smart wall home charger is a game-changer. “For my daily commute, it charges in less than 90 minutes,” he says.

And buying from Brendan Foot Supersite?

When it comes to buying a car, the dealership experience can make all the difference. For Alan, Brendan Foot Supersite has been a trusted partner for over a decade.
“I bought my first car through Brendan Foot Supersite 12 years ago. I’ve always had really good service,” he says.
Alan appreciates the straightforward, no-nonsense approach Brendan Foot Supersite offers. “They give me good advice without a sales pitch,” he shares. “And I can speak to them when I need to; they’re easily accessible.”
“I’d happily recommend them to anyone considering their next car purchase.”

Contact the team at Brendan Foot Supersite to arrange a viewing or to book your GWM Ora test drive today.

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Greytown Weekend & Getaway Car Competition Terms & Conditions, 1 Nov 2021 to 20 February 2022

Win your choice of new car from Brendan Foot Supersite’s selection to take for a night for two at The White Swan Hotel in Greytown!

1. Promotion Description
The Promotion involves registrants and official volunteers for the 2022 Brendan Foot Supersite Round the Bays who are 25 years or older selecting a vehicle from a competition page on the Brendan Foot Supersite website. Before the 2022 Brendan Foot Supersite Round the Bays event on 20 February 2022 ten lucky people will win for their personal use a prize consisting of:

Their chosen vehicle to be used in conjunction with a one night stay in a Deluxe suite plus breakfast for two at The White Swan Hotel in Greytown.

The winners will be selected randomly after registration has closed.
The winners will be contacted by the Promoter using the contact details provided in that entrant’s registration. If the Promoter is unable to contact any winner, or that winner does not respond to the Promoter’s contact within 24 hours of the draw, then that winner forfeits the Prize and the Promoter will draw another winner to a total of ten prizes.

2. Terms and Conditions
By registering for this Promotion you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

3. Registration
a) You must have registered for the 2022 Brendan Foot Supersite Round the Bays, or signed up to be an official volunteer for the event.
b) The Registration Period closes 4pm on 19 February 2022.
c) Register via www.brendanfoot.co.nz/getaway-car during the Promotion Period and complete the registration form. Entry details must be the same as provided for Round the Bays registration.
d) You must be 25 years or older.
e) By registering for the Promotion you will go into the draw to win the vehicle selected on the Getaway Car page, and a night for two at The White Swan Hotel Deluxe suite, plus breakfast for two.
f) Only one entry for the Greytown Weekend & Getaway Car competition per 2022 Brendan Foot Supersite Round the Bays registration, or per official volunteer.
g) A 2022 Brendan Foot Supersite Round the Bays Family Registration qualifies for one entry in the Greytown Weekend & Getaway Car Competition.

4. Prize
Choose Your Get-Away Car and night for two at The White Swan Hotel
Each of the ten winners of the Greytown Weekend & Getaway Car Competition will have for their personal use:
Their chosen vehicle to be used in conjunction with a one night stay in a Deluxe suite plus breakfast for two at The White Swan Hotel in Greytown, to be taken before 1 December 2022.
The accommodation is subject to availability and is to be booked directly with The White Swan.
The winner will need to contact Brendan Foot Supersite two weeks in advance of the date the vehicle is required. The vehicle is to be collected from Brendan Foot Supersite on the day of the accommodation booking and returned the day after. The vehicle collection and return are to be at agreed times and these will be within Brendan Foot Supersite’s opening hours.
Any other costs or charges associated with the vehicle or accommodation use are the responsibility of the prize winner, NOT Brendan Foot Supersite.
In the case that their chosen vehicle is not available the winner will be contacted and offered other choice/s. Specification and vehicle colour will be subject to availability.
The winner will be required to have a full New Zealand Driver’s Licence which is current and correct with no impairments pending, and sign a Loan Vehicle Agreement which outlines conditions covering vehicle driver responsibilities, damage, insurance excess of $3,000, fines and regular maintenance.
Brendan Foot Supersite will have the right to inspect the vehicle at their request during the loan period.
Any damage must be reported to Brendan Foot Supersite as soon as possible after the damage occurred. Reasonable wear and tear of the vehicle will be accepted. Any excess wear and tear may be subject to charges to return the vehicle to a suitable state.
No modification or maintenance of the vehicle is permitted.

5. General
a) This Promotion is not open to employees of the Promoter, Nuku Ora, and their families, its related companies, agents and affiliates.
b) The winner is responsible for all additional costs in excess of the prize value.
c) The prize is not redeemable for cash.
d) The Promoter’s decision on all matters is final and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into.
e) You agree that if you participate in the Promotion, your name and photograph or any footage from the Promotion may be used for publicity purposes in all media by the Promoter, without remuneration.
f) To the extent permitted by law, the Promoter and Nuku Ora and any other person or party associated with this Promotion shall not be liable to you in respect of any loss, damage or injury whatsoever (including, but not limited to, any direct, indirect, and/or consequential loss or damage), including personal injury suffered as a result of, or arising in connection with, the Promotion or winning (or not winning) the prize.
g) The winner may designate someone else to accept the prize on their behalf only with prior approval from the Promoter. If the winner is unable or unwilling to accept the prize, the Promoter may choose an alternate winner.
h) The Promoter is committed to protecting your privacy. The Promoter will collect and use your details for the purposes of running this Promotion and in accordance with these terms and conditions. The Promoter may also use your details to send you marketing and promotional material. You can access and request correction of your personal information, or unsubscribe from any further communication by contacting the Promoter on 04 587 0005 or sending a message to customerservice@brendanfoot.co.nz. You can also unsubscribe from any Brendan Foot Supersite emails at the bottom of the message. If you unsubscribe you won’t be contacted by The Promoter again.
i) These terms and conditions are governed by New Zealand law and any dispute arising out of or in connection with them will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the New Zealand courts.
j) Brendan Foot Supersite is the promoter of this Promotion and may modify these terms and conditions at any time without notice. The Promoter reserves the right to cancel, suspend or change the Promotion or any element of the Promotion for any reason, including any cancellation, suspension or change necessitated by any event outside of Promoter’s control.


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