Haval just can’t stop themselves. Here is yet another five-seat SUV. Is is not the same car as the mysterious H6 that debuted in Guangzhou. It has the same wheelbase as the Haval H6 Coupe, and it has red Haval badges, indicating it might be the long-rumored Red Label version of said H6 Coupe.
The Guangzhou Auto Show is running at full speed, and racing along are a lot of supercars. All major manufacturers were present with the notable exception of McLaren. The Guangzhou Pearl River Delta area is one of the richest places of China with trillions being made by exporting everything to everywhere.
That means a big market forsuper cars and the cities in the delta are full with dealers and shops. Many manufacturers that enter China start in Guangzhou before moving on to Shanghai and Beijing. Guangzhou was also the very first city in China to have a sizable population of supercars. The boom started early in the late 1980’s with cars smuggled in from Hong Kong, some with the wheel on ‘wrong’ side.
The 2016 Guangzhou Auto was a great show. Loads of new cars, they had trucks, EVs, and even a tuning show. It was quiet on the media days, unlike in Beijing where everybody can be media. The massive exhibition halls were kept cool be a massive air conditioning system. All very good. Time now for some random observations, starting with a friendly security officer making a movie with his telephone.
Time now for the real heroes of the 2016 Guangzhou Auto; the ladies manning the information desk. They are standing for hours at a time, they got to smile and smile and smile, they got to deal with stinkin’ kids and stinkin’ brochure hunters, and with professional expert photographers like me. Praise to the brochure babes! Starting with a fine set of teeth at Volkswagen.
We are really almost done with the 2016 Guangzhou Auto in China, but not before we have had a good look at the pretty ladies. There were lots of them this year of all kind and sort. We start immediately with a smile at SouEast, with a very kinky pink glove.
The Volvo S90 L has been unveiled at the Guangzhou Auto Show in China. The S90 L is the long-wheelbase variant of the Volvo S90 sedan. The S90 L is manufactured in the city of Daqing in northeastern China. It will launch on the Chinese car market this month. Export to the United States and Europe will start in the second half of 2017.
Wheelbase of the S90 L has been extended with 12 centimeters compared to the standard S90. All the extra space goes to the passengers in the rear. In China the S90 L competes with other locally made long-wheelbase cars such as the Audi A6L, the BMW 5Li, the Jaguar XFL, and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class L. But Volvo has something that none of the others has: a three-seater.
We are almost done with the 2016 Guangzhou Auto Show in China. There were over 60 new and new-ish cars and sadly we do not have time to honor each with a separate post. So here we have 12 cars that were not-so new or already unveiled before the show. Starting with the near-production version of the Borgward BX5, basically an update of their earlier BX5 concept.
Hanergy launched four solar-powered concept cars in July, but I hadn’t seen any in person yet. Happily, the company had a booth on the Guangzhou Auto Show, showing the sporty Hanergy Solar R. It has solar panels on the hood, on the roof, on the entire rear deck, and on the surfaces besides the side windows
The Beijing Auto ArcFox-1 EV concept was launched on the 2016 Guangzhou Auto Show in China, looking great with lots of orange stickers, orange badges and orange wheels. But best are the E-RACING decals on the doors. This ArcFox-1 concept is the closed-roof version of the earlier ArcFox-1 City Car Concept.