Motoring: This rapid feline saloon is the pride of the litter

The Ora brand is a recent arrival to Ireland, adding a playful spin to electric cars with its Funky Cat hatchback, but its follow-up Lightning Cat – a fully electric saloon – shows there are serious things to come from this Chinese brand

Ora Lightning Cat: This sleek Chinese saloon has already stirred conversations with its Porsche and Bentley influences in styling

The winds of change are blowing across the automotive landscape, and they’re increasingly coming from an easterly direction as a new wave of Chinese car brands set their sights on the Irish market. It wasn’t all that long ago that cars from China had a less-than-desirable reputation, often considered cheap and lacking in the qualities European car buyers expect.

But industry in China iterates very quickly, and partially through working in joint ventures with European ...