Since November 1, 36 cars have been tested by the 30 Xuanyuan Executive Committee experts in Yangcheng Peninsula, Suzhou. Today, December 16, winners have been announced at the 10th Xuanyuan Award 2023 final ceremony, and Nio ET5 was awarded among the Top 10 cars in China.
ET5 also won the Special Interior Design Award, and in the Smart Driving Ranking, ET5 took 5th place. The Car of the Year award went to Li Auto L9, and the Best Driving Assistance Award won the Arcfox Alpha S HI edition for its ADAS features, co-developed with Huawei. MG Mulan got the Special Award for Export Readiness.
The Xuanyuan Award was established in 2013 by the Automotive Business Review and EFS consulting to promote the development of china’s domestic automotive industry. It is also known as the “Oscars” of the Chinese car industry.
After the first stage of testing, 20 models were chosen as finalists. On December 14th and 15th, members of the Xuanyuan Award jury gathered in Wuhan to conduct closed-door discussions on the final 20 nominated models, and finally selected the top ten nominated models and selected Top 10 Cars of the Year, China Car of the Year, Interior & Exterior Design of the Year and Smart Driving Car of the Year.
According to Xuanyuan Award, the jury focuses on three criteria during selection: 1. Innovation & User experience. That means the car’s features, design, and quality. 2. Contribution to mobility – energy/fuel consumption, cost-effectiveness, emissions, durability. 3. Contribution to China’s auto industry development – supply chain structure, product development, and manufacturing.
Here is the list of cars that made it into the TOP 10 list in alphabetical order
- Aito M7
- Avatr 11
- Changan Shenlan SL03
- Li Auto L9
- Nio ET5
- Rising Auto R7 (Swappable battery)
- Smart #1
- Voyah Dreamer
- Xpeng G9
- Zeekr 001
Avatr 11 also won the Special Award for Exterior Design.
Nio ET5, which won the Best Interior Design Award, started sales in four European countries in November. Deliveries will begin in March 2023. On December 24, the ET5 station wagon (kombi) is rumored to debut during Nio Day. The ET5 is the cheapest car of Nio’s lineup, starting at 49,900 EUR in Germany and 36,000 USD in China, both without battery. With a 100 kWh battery, the price is 71,000 EUR in Germany.
The NIO ET5 is a five-seat sedan, and, as in so many electric cars, there is a lot of space in the back. Size is 4790/1960/1499mm (length, width, height) with a 2888mm wheelbase. There are three models
- Standard range: 75 kWh for 550 kilometer CLTC.
- Long range: 100 kWh for 700 kilometer CLTC.
- Ultra long range: 150 kWh for 1000 kilometer CLTC. (not on sale yet)
All versions have a twin-motor powertrain, at the front, it has a 150 kW induction motor, and at the rear, a 210 kW permanent magnet motor. Combined output is 360 kW hp and 700 Nm. For the 150 kWh model, NIO claims a 0-100 in 4.3 seconds and a 100-0 braking distance of 33.9 meters.
The ET5 is the first NIO manufactured at NIO’s new fully owned ‘NeoPark’ factory in Hefei, Anhui province.