April 10, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter
Chang’an Automotive will bring this very well looking concept car to the Shanghai Auto Show. It is a preview of Chang’an’s new line up that has to compete with the biggest and best in autoland, such as Benz, Audi and BMW. Well, don’t we love this sort of ambitious plans? Chang’an has joint ventures with Ford, Suzuki, Volvo, Mazda and PSA and makes a small number of rather boring mini and compact cars under its own name. No more boring tomorrow…
December 22, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter
Shanghai-GM brought a Chevrolet Sail EV Concept to the Guangzhou Auto Show. The show was not as green as the Beijing show in April, it seems Chinese carmakers realize they can’t sell EV’s because customers have no place to charge them. Still, good old Chevrolet made a Sail EV concept, based on the Sail hatch with some extra spoilers. Full electric, max power is 65kw, max torque is 220nm, top speed is 130km, range is 150km. Shanghai-GM came up with a new slogan: “Drive to Green”. Catchy.
December 21, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter
The Citroën Metropolis Concept debuted earlier this year at the Shanghai Expo, it is designed by Citroën’s ‘China Design Center’ in that same city. The Metropolis will be made in China as DS9 by Citroën’s new joint venture with Chang’an Automobile.
The Metropolis is a plug-in hybrid with a 4.0 V8 and fuel consumption is only 2.6 liter per 100 km, says Citroën… The car that debuted in Shanghai had a V6. Guess there is actually noting under the bonnet and somebody screwed up. Whatever powerplant is gets the Metropolos/DS9 sure is an incredible looking machine that certainly will find a lot of buyers in China.
No plans yet for export to other parts of the world, it is hard to imagine however that Citroën would not bring it to France. Read more »
May 5, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter
The Beijing Auto (Beijing Qiche in Chinese, abbriviated to Beiqi, from Beijing Auto Works, or BAW, a brand from Beijing Automotive Industry Corporation, or BAIC), C70EV concept is based on the Beijing 700 concept that debuted on the 2008 Beijing Auto Show. But a lot has changed, the car is much more developed and now got an interior.
It came as an ‘EV’, electric vehicle, concept but looking at the size it could easily use the old Saab 9-5 platform that BAW recenlty bought from GM. The Saab was at the boot as well, with a new front and called C71. Size of the EV71: 4800x1840x1598. Saab 9-5 (1997-2010)/C70: 4836x1790x1453.