This is the second part of our series on New Electric Cars From China – June 2021. For background and more cars see Part 1. We immediately continue with the car you see atop this post; the new BYD Dolphin.
Hon hai, overseas know as Foxconn, is a major manufacturer for Apple and other smartphone companies. Like many technological titans, they couldn’t resist joining the car-making race. Together with Taiwanese automaker Yulon Motors, they launched an EV project called MIH last October. MIH is a name of a modular platform for building electric cars. Foxconn stated that its goal is to gain a 10% share of the EV market between 2025-2027. Foxconn believes that the MIH platform is the Android for the electric vehicle industry.
In China, the central government has to approve every new car before an automaker can launch it on the market. The approved vehicles are added to a list and that list is published by the government every month. The list includes images and basic specs.
Automakers don’t like this at all because very often the list shows cars that are still a secret. Naturally, we don’t mind (: In this article the most important new electric cars from the list of the month June. The cars on the list will usually launch within 1-3 month of publication. Yes, we can see very far into the future.
China put the whole city of Guangzhou into semi lockdown on 31st May because of a local pandemic outbreak. Every person leaving the city needs to get tested according to SCMP. Liwan district in Guangzhou is in full lockdown, affecting around 140 000 people.
The market for small and medium pickup trucks is huge in China, with dozens of manufacturers competing for customers. There is a huge variety of vehicles and power trains, making for a complex and highly competitive marketplace. One of the best established players is Dongfeng Xiaokang, and they have just upgraded their best-selling C71 and C71 trucks.
It’s long time we last wrote about Mithusbishi at CNC, and we are happy we got a reason to change it. Airtrek is a crossover and the first EV jointly developed by GAC-Mitsubishi for the Chinese market. The concept car was unveiled at 2021 Shanghai Auto. Autohome reported the new vehicle would be base on Aion V. It makes sense as, from the leaked photos, we can tell the design is a mix of Aion V with pure Mitshubishi signature.
There are so many versions and variants and updates of the MG6 that we could start a separate website about it. We would have new content every day! But we don’t do that because most of the time they all look alike, our readers would get bored, leave, and never come back. This time, however, MG launches something a bit more special; the radical new MG6 Pro.
In China, the government’s term “New Energy Vehicle” covers three categories: electric vehicles (EVs), plug-in electric vehicles (PHEVs) and Fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). Cars in these categories are eligible for the various government subsidies and perks. China’s efforts considering EVs and PHEVs are by now familiar, but at the same time there is a less visible but very real FCEV endeavor going on as well.
This is the Aion S Plus, the new flagship electric sedan of China’s Aion electric vehicle brand. Aion was established in 2017. The brand is owned by GAC Aion New Energy Automobile, itself a subsidiary of GAC Group.
The Jimny has always been a popular in China, especially among middle aged womenfolk. But as the Jimny is an import, its relatively high price limits its appeal. That’s where creative Chinese car makers come in. And while they are at it, they make it an electric too. I don’t see Suzuki do that for another decade, considering their slow pace of EV development.