New Electric Cars From China – June 2021 – Part 2

New Electric Cars From China
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.

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Foxconn’s new strategy: Building cars for EV startups and 10% market share by 2025

Foxconn's car brand Foxtron.
Foxconn’s car brand Foxtron. Do they want to supply to automakers or compete with them?

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.

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New Electric Cars From China – June 2021 – Part 1

New Electric Cars From China – June 2021
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.

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Driverless Cars Fight Lockdown in China

Baidu Apollo Robobus
Baidu Apollo Robobus

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.

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Dongfeng Xiaokang C71 & C72 Are Basic Pickup Trucks That Everybody Needs

Dongfeng Xiaokang
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.

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GAC Mitsubishi Airtrek photos leaked ahead of launch. 

GAC Mitsubishi Airtrek
GAC Mitsubishi Airtrek photos leaked before its official debut at Chongqing Auto Show in June

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.

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MG6 Pro Is A Radically Looking Chinese Sports Sedan

MG6 Pro
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.

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Hongqi H5 FCEV Is A Reminder China Bets On More Than Just EVs

Hongqi H5 FCEV
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.

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Aion S Plus Is A New Chinese Electric Sedan With A 510 Kilometer Range

Aion S Plus
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.

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Hengrun HRS1 Is Not A Suzuki Jimny In China

Hengrun HRS1
This is the Hengrun HRS1, a new small electric city car for China, looking cool but a tad too much like a second generation Suzuki Jimny.

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.

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