R1 will be renamed as Heimao (黑貓) meaning "black cat".
Perhaps Great Wall Motors wants to pay tribute to former leader Deng Xiaoping who famously quoted: "Bùguǎn hēi māo bái māo, zhuō dào lǎoshǔ jiùshì hǎo māo
"*, a variation on an old Sichuan folk proverb. Deng was known to appreciate 20th century painter Chen Liantao, whose nature-themed artworks often featured cats as the subject.
Images courtesy: http://www.artnet.com/artists/chen-liantao/
*"不管黑貓白貓，捉到老鼠就是好貓" [It doesn't matter if it's a black cat or white cat, if it catches mice it's a good cat, i.e, the so-called "cat theory" of mixed economic reform]