This is the brand new Buick Velite for China. The Velite is a variant of the Chevrolet Volt, with a different front and rear. The Velite is manufactured in China by the Shanghai-GM joint venture. It will debut on the Guangzhou Auto Show in December and launch on the Chinese car market in early 2017.
This is the brand new XPeng Beta, an electric SUV from China, looking very stylish and distinctively new-energy. The XPeng Beta is the brainchild of a company called Xiaopeng Motors, based in the great city of Guangzhou in Guangdong Province. The Beta is currently in the prototype phase, hence the name, but the production version will be 90% similar.
The BMW X1 xDrive 25Le has been launched on the Chengdu Auto Show in China. The X1 xDrive 25Le, what a great name that is, sounds nice, is a hybrid variant of the BMW X1 Li, the long-wheelbase X1 for the Chinese market. The X1 xDrive 25Le will hit the market in late Q4. And because the X1 xDrive 25Le is a new-energy vehicle is has blue bars in the grille, and blue iPerformance stickers on the doors.
Beijing Auto says they have started production of the EH400, a large electric sedan with a 400 kilometer range. The EH400 debuted in April on the Beijing Auto Show and we were skeptical, but it seems for real now, with a new grille and a big blue Beijing Auto badge. Blue, it should be noted, is the Chinese color for green.
New photos of the Baojun E100, a new electric city car for China. The E100 was expected for debut on the Beijing Auto Show in April but didn’t show. It will instead launch on the Chengdu Auto Show next month. Biggest news: the E100 is intended only for sale ins third and fourth tier cities, so we will never seen one on the road in Beijing, Shanghai, or even Chengdu itself.
BYD is working on an electric variant of their Song SUV. The Song EV will debut on the Chengdu Auto Show in September and launch on the Chinese car market in late Q4. The Song is currently available with a 154hp 1.5 and with a 205hp 2.0 turbo. The promised hybrid version hasn’t materialized yet, and we wouldn’t be surprised if it was cancelled altogether in favor of the EV.
The EV will be powered by two electric motors, one on the front axle and one on the rear axle. The motor on the rear axle will have an output of 214hp and the motor at the front another 147, good for a combined output of a hefty 361 horses, and that would make it the most powerful Chinese EV ever. Range will be some 270 kilometers. No other specs available at the moment, but it seems the BYD Somg EV is going to be an impressive machine.
And the electric compact hatchbacks keep coming. The latest blue leaf on the green tree is this Cowin C3R EV, the electric version of the Cowin C3R. The C3R EV, another such easy name, will be launched on the Chinese car market in October. Sadly, the production car won’t get the blue tires, but customers can spec the blue roof and blue mirrors, and it has the usual…
The new JAC iEV6E will hit the Chinese car market in September, featuring blue detailing in the bumpers. The iEV6E debuted in April on the Beijing Auto Show. It is an electric compact hatchback primarily intended for the cities. Price including subsidies will start around 90.000 yuan.
Happy faces, LeEco CEO Jia Yueting third from left.
LeEco has announced it will build a car factory in Huzhou City in Zhejiang Province. The factory will have an annual capacity of 200.000 cars and will make the spectacular LeSee, dubbed the ‘Chinese Tesla Killer‘. Total investment is 20 billion yuan or 3 billion USD.
The announcement is a surprise. LeEco said earlier it wanted to outsource production to an existing Chinese car maker, and they had talks with Beijing Auto and with Guangzhou Auto. But that apparently came to nothing.