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A glimpse of Auto Shanghai 2013

Auto Shanghai 2013, or the 15th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition, has featured over 2,000 OEMs and suppliers from 18 countries and regions at the Shanghai New International Expo Center from April 21-29. It is home to the global debut of 111 new models. The following is a glimpse of this year’s largest annual automotive trade event in China. – Editor 


BYD unveils “green hybrid” and “air purification” technologies

BYD introduces two major technologies called “green hybrid” and “air purification.”

“Green hybrid” features an integrated 48V Li-ion battery that functions as both power batteries and start-stop batteries. Coupled with other low-voltage electric motor tech, the hybrid system can save up to 1.5 liters of gasoline per 100 km.

BYD’s in-car air purification tech can improve air quality by reducing PM2.5 to a healthy level 12.

The company also debuted the S7 SUV, its first product mounted with the self-developed 2.0TID engine. Market launch is set for the first quarter of 2014.


JAC to launch 17 new models in next five years

Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co. (JAC) will launch 17 new models in the next five years, according to An Jin, chairman of JAC Group. They expect to launch a B-class sedan that is aimed at government vehicle procurement at the Beijing Auto Show in 2014.

JAC also officially announced the inauguration of Fortune Auto Finance Co., Ltd., a joint venture between Banco Santander and JAC after it received approval from the China Banking Regulatory Commission to operate as an independent auto financing company in China.


Detroit Electric shows off world’s fastest electric roadster

The U.S.- based company Detroit Electric debuted its Lotus-based SP:01, claiming it will go 155 mph flat out, accelerate to 100 km/h in just 3.7 seconds.

First deliveries of the sport car, which is priced at $135,000, will start this August, Oliver YL Fong, managing director of Asia Pacific Operations, told CBU/CAR.

He said the electric roadster is using Li-polymer batteries which are sourced in the U.S. The company will not consider using Li-ion batteries from Chinese battery makers such as BYD, he added.


ZX Auto to deliver 8,000 CP2 for trial sale

Hebei Zhongxing Automobile Co., China’s leading pickup truck and SUV maker, is expected to deliver 8,000 units of its first sedan CP2 for trial sale in the second half of 2013, according to Xiao Wei, the company chairman.

Xiao told CBU/CAR that the company is positioning its new plant in Yichang, Hebei as the production base for passenger vehicles, including a crossover SUV and its first sedan product CP2.


Denza to have smaller battery capacity to lighten up

Denza will have smaller batteries than the e6 with energy capacity down to 45 kWh from e6’s 60 kWh, according to Lian Yubo, CEO of BYD Daimler New Technology Co.

Denza showcased a test model of the car, which features high safety technology: battery protection device and electric safety management system. The system can shut off if any abnormality is detected.


Chery’s Alpha 7 to be produced in three months

Chery Automobile Co. is expected to volume produce the concept Alpha 7 in three months, according to Hu Hongxing, Chery’s chief engineer in auto electronics.

The Alpha 7 is a small sedan that is expected to be called the A4 when it eventually enters production.

Chery debuted the Alpha 7 car and Beta 5 concept SUV at the auto show. The Beta 5 is slated to be produced at the end of the year.


Dongfeng-Yueda-Kia announces new JV brand Horki

Dongfeng-Yueda-Kia announced a new joint venture brand Horki solely for the Chinese market. 

A Horki concept car, which is built on the Cerato platform, was debuted at the auto show. The first Horki car will be released in late 2015.

The brand will only be on the Chinese market, with no current or future plans to expand to a global level.


Price of Haval H8 starts at ¥200,000

Great Wall Motor’s H8 may be launched in October with a price tag starting at ¥200,000 ($32,400), according to company president Wang Fengying.

Wearing the new Haval badge, the H8 is mated to a 2.0T engine with a maximum power of 160 kW.


Venucia Viwa concept

Dongfeg-Nissan unveiled a Viwa concept electric car under the joint venture brand Venucia. The car is the second EV product after the Venucia E30, a rebadged Nissan Leaf.

Four letters of the Viwa stand for Venucia, identity, worthiness and accessibility.

The Venucia Viwa will share technology with the Nissan Leaf. The Viwa may be launched in 2015 at the earliest.


Qoros plans to build 80 to 100 dealerships by yearend

Qoros expects to have 80 to 100 dealerships in China by the end of the year, according to Stefano Villanti, the company’s executive director of sales and marketing.

The Qoros 3 Sedan will also be launched by year’s end. And the second model will be released between March and May in 2014.

Price of the Qoros 3 Sedan may go between €130,000 and €160,000 in European markets.


BAIC releases Senova D-series model, aiming at official vehicle segment

Aiming at the official vehicle segment, BAIC released its independent B-class car Senova D-series.

The new model was launched on May 11 with eight versions priced from ¥139,000 to ¥215,800.

BAIC also plans to launch Senova A-series, C-series and K-series after the D-series, all of which will be produced in BAIC’s plant in Beijing.

BAIC CEO Han Yonggui said the sales goal of BAIC independent passenger vehicles is 200,000 units in 2013.

“BAIC will launch two to three all-new cars at least for each year in the future,” said Liu Yu, general manager of BAIC Sales Co.

Additionally, BAIC’s first electric-powered official vehicle named C70 will be launched in 2013 with a price of ¥300,000-¥350,000.


Beijing-Hyundai debuts Mistra, targeting premium segment

Beijing-Hyundai places a stronger focus on China’s B-class car market with its Mistra debut.

The all-new model, Beijing-Hyundai’s second localized B-class car following the Sonata 8 in China, will be launched in the second half of 2013 with a price at ¥150,000-¥190,000.

The expected sales of the new car in 2014 are more than 100,000 units, according to Liu Zhifeng, vice secretary of Marketing Department of Beijing-Hyundai.

Beijing-Hyundai said it has no plans to launch new A-class cars in China in the near future.

The sales goal of the joint venture for 2013 is one million units in China.


FAW debuts first SUV X80 under Besturn

FAW released its first SUV X80 under the Besturn brand. The new model, based on the same platform of the Besturn B70, is expected to hit the market in May.

The X80 will be powered by a CA4GD1 2.0L or CA4GD3 2.3L engine with a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed AMT. Its competitors are Great Wall Haval H6 and Geely Gleagle GX7.

The X80 will share the same production line with the B90 sedan in FAW Car’s second manufacturing plant.

FAW’s Red Flag H7, the only independent C-class car, is expected to hit the market in the middle of 2013.


Haima expects one million sales of M3

Haima Motor Co. launched its M3 car with a price tag of ¥59,800-¥89,800. The expected annual sales are 100,000 units, according to Tang Si, director of Marketing Department of Haima.

Its main competitors are Chinese independent models like the C30 from Great Wall Motor.

Tang said two more new cars will be launched before the end of the third quarter this year.

Haima debuted its S7 SUV which is expected to hit the market in the middle of this year.


Zotye launches first small-size SUV T200

Zotye launched its first small-size SUV T200 with a price tag of ¥45,999- ¥59,999.

Zotye president Wu Jianzhong said Zotye will launch a B-class car model at the end of 2013.

“The SUV models T500 and T600 are under development,” said Wu, adding the latter will hit the market at the end of this year. Sales goal of Zotye for 2013 is 150,000 units.


Brilliance Auto gets full support from BMW

Brilliance Auto, BMW’s Chinese partner, is getting full technology support from four teams of BMW, said Qi Yumin, chairman of the company.

Under the engine team, called N20, BMW transfers the technology to Brilliance. The passenger car team aims to make China’s own high-end car in a new platform. Under the commercial vehicle team, the carmaker is developing a premium commercial vehicle, which will be launched next year.

Brilliance is also cooperating with BMW and McKinsey to build a high-end car development management system.


Lifan to include all passenger vehicles in next three years

Lifan’s product portfolio will cover passenger cars, SUVs and MPVs in the next three years, according to its newly released development strategy. All the products will be installed with CVVT engine.

The carmaker will launch revamped Lifan 330, 530 and 630 in 2013.


MG CS concept to rival CR-V and Tiguan

SAIC Motor Corp. unveiled MG CS concept which is based on the MG5 platform.

A production version of the MG CS will arrive in 2015. The competitors will be the joint venture model CR-V and Tiguan.


Gran Lavida has better fuel efficiency than Lavida

Shanghai-Volkswagen released Lavida’s hatchback version, the Gran Lavida, with a price range from ¥100,000 to ¥150,000. Market launch will start in June.

The Gran Lavida’s fuel consumption level is lower than the sedan version, benefiting from the less vehicle weight of 10 kg.


Dongfeng’s Future CM7 MPV aims at government procurement

Dongfeng Motor Co., Ltd. debuted the Future CM7 MPV, targeting government purchasing with a wheelbase of 3.2m, longer than the Buick GL8, Honda Elysiion and other MPV competitors. It is to be launched in the second quarter of 2013.

The Dongfeng Fengdu brand was launched on April 19 under Zhengzhou-Nissan as part of Dongfeng’s independent brand trio of Fengshen, Future and Fengdu. The Fengdu brand will focus on pickup, SUV, CDV, MPV and high-end light truck segments.


Chang’an to launch Zhishang XT coupe in June

Chang’an Automobile (Group) Co. unveiled the Zhishang XT sport coupe which will be launched in June.

Chang’an looks to sell over 400,000 vehicles in 2013, with a sharp rise of 70 percent over last year’s 230,000 units.


Geely to sell 3,000 Emgrand EC7 EVs in 2014

Geely debuted the pure electric sedan Emgrand EC7, which is expected to be launched in the first quarter of 2014 with target sales of 3,000 units for the first year and up to 30,000 units in 2016.

Geely also unveiled the KC concept at the auto show. The KC concept, developed on Geely’s largest new vehicle platform, is designed by Peter Horbury, Geely’s vice president of design, and Ma Zhengkun, design director.


GAC plans to sell 80,000 Trumpchi cars in 2013

Guangzhou Automobile Group Corp. (GAC) aims to sell 80,000 units of the Trumpchi brand vehicles in 2013. 

The company’s Trumpchi GA3 A-class sedan was debuted and is expected to be launched in July.

GAC-Honda Crider was debuted to target young consumers and is expected to be launched in June.

GAC-Toyota shows an EV concept which will be the first model of GAC-Toyota’s sub-brand.

GAC-Fiat and GAC-Mitsubishi will start production and launch new models this year.

GAC and Fiat have approved the production of the Chrysler brand, probably Jeep models, in GAC-Fiat plant.


DFCV to export Kinland Flagship

Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle Co. (DFCV) will export the self-developed Dongfeng Kinland Flagship long distance carrier, which was debuted at the auto show, according to Gary Huang, president of DFCV.

The company will launch the Kinland Flagship in the second quarter of 2014.


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