BEIJING – In preparation for its new model’s arrival, Chevrolet leveraged Auto China 2010 to introduce the Volt MPV5 electric concept, a five-passenger multi-purpose crossover vehicle.
The Volt MPV5 concept utilizes the same Voltec propulsion system found in the Chevrolet Volt. A 16-kWh T-shaped lithium-ion battery pack powers the electric drive unit. When the battery is depleted, a 1.4-liter engine generator sustains the battery charge and provides up to 482 km of electric propulsion.
“Rapidly growing demand for personal transportation across China is creating new environmental and energy security challenges,” said Kevin Wale, president and managing director of GM China Group. “GM is committed to finding and adopting solutions, which include the electrification of the automobile. The world premiere of the Volt MPV5 concept in Beijing demonstrates GM’s desire to make China a global focus of its advanced technology strategy.”
The U.S. automaker launched the China Automotive Energy Research Center (CAERC) in Beijing, a venture with SAIC and Tsinghua University. The GM China Science Lab, which opened last November, is carrying out automotive research, including battery development.
GM and its Chinese joint ventures displayed 37 production and concept vehicles at the auto show. The Chevrolet brand brought along the new Spark mini car, the New Sail hatchback and the Aveo RS show car.
Based on GM’s Gamma platform, the Chevrolet new Spark was built to serve the burgeoning mini car segment. Measuring 3,640 mm long and 1,597 mm wide, the new Spark offers 1.0 and 1.2 liter gasoline engines.
The new Sail hatchback was shown at Auto China 2010 as a preview before being introduced into the market by Shanghai-GM in June. The hatchback will offer the 5-speed EMT transmission. The transmission features Marelli technology, which has been updated by Shanghai-GM and the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC), a R&D venture between GM and SAIC.
The Wuling brand from SAIC-GM-Wuling also revealed the Hong Guang, an MPV that with its larger dimensions literally expands the mini-vehicle segment.
The Jiefang brand of FAW-GM, GM’s light commercial vehicle joint venture, also showcased its newest product. The 501 light-duty truck, which was introduced in January, is the new flagship model of the 501 series.
The EN-V concept, which hit the stage in Shanghai last month, also appeared at the Beijing auto show.
GM’s passenger vehicle JV Shanghai-GM sold a total of 235,000 vehicles in the first quarter of 2010, almost doubling its figures in the same period of 2009.