Spy shots showing the new Geely GLEagle Panda EV, a full-electric vehicle based on the patrol-powered Geely GLEagle Panda sub-compact hatchback. The Panda EV will debut on the Chengdu Auto Show in September and launch on the China car market in Q4.
Where some Saabs keep dying, others live on. This is the new Beijing AutoShenbao EV, a full-electric vehicle based on the Beijing Auto D70, formerly known as the Beijing Auto D-Series, which again is based on the last-generation Saab 9-5. Beijing Auto bought the rights to the Saab 9-3 and Saab 9-5 from GM in 2009.
In what we thought as a mostly adulatory article, Tycho wrote last week that boundless demand for Tesla’s Model S fuels the grey marketing activities of Tianjin car dealers. I followed it up with the fawning prediction that, based on the high demand and on what Chinese customers are ready to pay more ($13,000 above list) just to get their Model S now, I see no reason why Tesla can’t make its target of selling 5,000 of their electric cars this year in China. In the no good deed going unpunished dept., Tesla’s new China spokesperson Peggy Yang (she was just hired away from Volkswagen) took issue with the story.
Buyers of a Tesla Model S will get a free license plate in Shanghai, opening the way for Tesla sales in one of the largest and richest cities in China. Normally, buyers of a new car need to bid for a license plate on a government-organized auction, an attempt by the Shanghai municipal government to control the number of new cars on the road in a bid to battle pollution and traffic jams. Price of a license can go up to 15.000 USD.
This is the brand new CH Auto Event, an all-electric super car concept that will debut at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show. The vehicle was spotted during a not-very-secret photo shoot. CH Auto is a well-known Chinese design studio, based in the capital Beijing. In 2010 they surprised with the beautiful CH Auto Aculeus and in 2012 they launched the sleek CH Auto Lithia.
This is the new JAC iEV5 EV, seen here on a JAC dealer day. The JAC iEV5 will debut on the 2014 Beijing Auto Show next month and will launch on the China car market in the second half of 2014. Top speed will be 120km/h and range will be 200 km.
Price will start around 200.000 yuan, but green-car subsidies will bring that down to about 130.000 at the dealer. The JAC iEV5 will be positioned above the recently launched JAC iEV4, which has a top speed of 95 km/h and a range of 160 kilometer.
JAC is so far the only Chinese automaker that is offering two full-electric cars in its passenger car line-up. Even better known BYD only got one, and most of the others got exactly zero.
The Volvo S60L Hybrid will debut on the 2014 Beijing Auto Show and launch on the China car market later this year. The Volvo S60L is a China-only China-made stretched variant of the Volvo S60.
The S60L competes with other China-made China-only stretched sedans such as the Audi A4L, the BMW 3Li, and the upcoming Mercedes-Benz C-Class L, none of which offers a hybrid, giving Volvo an unique selling point in a hard battled market.
The S60L Hybrid will be powered by a 200hp 2.0 turbo petrol engine mated to a 67hp electric motor. The combination petrol-electric is unique for China, as Volvo only offers a diesel-electric hybrid in the rest of the world. Price of the Volvo S60L Hybrid will start around 320.000 yuan.
The very first picture of the upcoming JAC iEV5, seen here on a JAC dealer meeting. The iEV5 is a new electric vehicle. It will debut on the 2014 Beijing Auto Show and it will be launched on the China car market in 2015. Top speed will be 120km/h and range will be 200 km/h.
Price will start around 200.000 yuan, but green-car subsidies will bring that down to about 130.000 at the dealer. JAC is very serious about electric cars. The announcement of the iEV5 comes less than a month after the launch on the JAC iEV4, which has a top speed of 95 km/h and a range of 160 kilometer.
The Volkswagen e-up! EV will be launched on the China car market in the second half of the year. The Volkswagen e-up is the electric variant of the Volkswagen up! which is currently not sold in China. The e-up! is powered by an electric motor with a peak power of 82hp and 210nm. Top speed is 135km/h and 0-100 is gone in 11.3 seconds. Range is an impressive 160 kilometer.