SHANGHAI – Auto Shanghai 2017, or the 17th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition, will feature 1,400 vehicles on display including 113 global debuts, 159 new energy vehicles, 56 concepts and a host of new players exhibiting for the very first time, according to information released by show organizers on April 12.
Of the 113 world premieres, 83 will be from Chinese brands and 30 from foreign brands. Chinese brands will have 96 NEVs on display versus 63 from foreign brands.
With a theme of “Committed to Better Life,” the biennial show will be held on April 21-28 (Press Days: April 19-20; Professional Days: April 21-23; Public Days: April 24-28) and take up more than 360,000 square meters of exhibition space utilizing all 13 halls at the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai) near Shanghai’s Hongqiao transport hub. Nine halls will be dedicated to passenger vehicles, one for commercial vehicles and three for parts and components. A total of 120 press conferences will be held on the two press days.
Among notable new players and brands exhibiting for the first time in Shanghai (including the so-called “internet carmakers”) are: WEY, LYNK & CO, Borgward, NIO (NextEV), Qiantu Motor, Singulato, SWM Motor, Hanteng Autos, Yudo NEV, Hybrid Kinetic Group (HKG) and Changjiang EV. Alfa Romeo touches down as an international brand making its first appearance at the show.
Major multinational first-tier suppliers including Bosch, Continental, ZF, Valeo, Yanfeng, Denso, Hella, Brose, Faurecia, Schaeffler, BorgWarner, Dana, Panasonic, Eaton, Honeywell, Adient, Nexteer, Benteler will be showcasing their latest concepts, technologies and applications over 30,000 square meters of space. They usually have a much bigger presence in Shanghai than in Beijing as many of them have China or Asia Pacific headquarters based in Shanghai.
Altogether, more than 1,000 exhibitors from 18 countries and regions will be exhibiting at the show.
Major highlights of this year’s show, in addition to the aforementioned new players and brands exhibiting, include the market launch of WEY VV7 SUV and the debut of LYNK & CO’s first production SUV slated for launch later in the year. The two brands are attempts by Great Wall Motor and Geely to tap into the “luxury” segment. “Internet carmakers” such as NIO and Singulato will be showcasing their latest concepts and production prototypes, while HKG’s appearance heralds the “return” of Chinese tycoon Yang Rong. Changjiang EV, Qiantu Motor and Yudo NEV, three of the 12 companies that have received production licenses for NEVs so far, will also display their near-production ready EVs. Chinese brands such as Chang’an, Chery, BYD, Roewe, MG, BAIC Motor, Dongfeng, Qoros, JMC, Hanteng and foreign brands including Volkswagen, Audi, Škoda, Toyota, Nissan, Chevrolet and Jeep will be taking wraps off of their latest concept studies, most of which will be electric and have advanced autonomous driving and connectivity features. The show will also see the global and China debuts of next generations of popular models such as the Buick Regal, BMW 5 Series Long Wheelbase, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Honda CR-V, Toyota Camry, Lexus NX, Acura TLX and Haval H6. GM, Ford and Nissan are bringing their high-end pickups in what is shaping up to be a new fight in an old segment, essentially bringing competition from the U.S. to China. Automakers are also busy making a transition from manufacturers to mobility service providers and that will be evident and on display in one way or another (e.g. BAIC Group just established its own mobility unit last week).
The most interesting exhibition hall will be Hall 7.1, where NIO, LYNK & CO, HKG and Borgward will try to take the spotlight away from BMW, MINI, Cadillac and Alfa Romeo.
The rise of old and new Chinese brands in terms of design, styling, craftsmanship and technology capability will be on full display and don’t be surprised to see them outshine their foreign counterparts. And, oh yes, expect to see SUVs and some form of electrified vehicles at just about every OEM stand, even Lamborghini.