GWM ORA UK has formed a new dealership alliance with automotive retailer Arnold Clark, marking a significant advancement in the expansion of its UK network.

This collaboration will see the inauguration of new showrooms in Glasgow, Linwood and Stirling.

This initiative is part of the Chinese EV brand’s efforts to ensure that customers have convenient access to maintenance and repair services without needing to travel long distances.

GWM ORA managing director Toby Marshall said: “Expanding our retail network is something we’re dedicated to delivering and we are well on track for our targets this year. The appointment of a known household brand like Arnold Clark is a testament to the reputation GWM ORA is building across the UK.”

The partnership with Arnold Clark increases GWM ORA’s presence in the UK to 40 customer service points, encompassing sales, aftersales, and test drive facilities.

Arnold Clark GWM ORA brand director Gavin McKenzie, said: “We’re delighted to welcome GWM ORA to the Arnold Clark family. While they may be a relatively new manufacturer in the UK, they are an established brand with a fantastic reputation, and we look forward to a long and fruitful partnership.

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“Our new branches are now up and running in Glasgow and Stirling and our employees are thrilled to welcome our customers through the doors and share the fantastic range of GWM ORA models we have available – as well as preview the exciting new models which are coming later in the year.”

The newly launched ORA 03 PRO+ variant from the company features an enhanced 63kWh battery providing a WLTP range of 260 miles.

It also includes additional amenities such as heated and cooled front seats with a massage function, a heated steering wheel, a panoramic sunroof, a powered gesture tailgate, rear privacy glass, and advanced automatic parking assistance.

The brand’s upcoming model, ORA 07, will unveil its GT variant at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on 11 July.

In April, GWM ORA launched a new in-house battery inspection and evaluation initiative to support its existing aftersales operations and third-party repairers in the UK.

This newly formed, dedicated technical team will provide field-based assistance, offering manufacturer guidance on the status and repairability of traction batteries after a reported customer collision or accident.