A few days ago, an electric version of the BMW 3 Series was spotted in China. It is quite a surprise. However, it fits BMW’s strategy of having 25 electric cars by 2023 and converting old ICE cars into EVs. According to BMW’s naming conventions, it should be called i3, but BMW’s 2013 first EV has this badge. So Chinese media speculate the new car’s name will be BMW i3L. Let’s use it as a code name for now.
As Nio and Xpeng, the most promising Chinese EV startups, entered Europe, we all asked whether the U.S. expansion is coming. But both startups were remarkably silent or directly denied it. Even the BYD – Chinese EV veteran – is not very successful in the U.S. They sell only a few electric buses and trying luck with commercial vehicles. Not to mention Faraday Future, once Silicon Valley’s darling, whose founder bankrupted in 2019 before it could launch the car. Now Skyworth (previously known as Skywell) is taking the lead and, without much attention, enters the U.S. market with its electric SUV ET5.
On 23rd June, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX) showed that Xiaopeng Motors (Xpeng) passed the important step leading to the company’s stock listing. If Xpeng succeeds, it would be the first EV company listed on the Hong Kong exchange. At CNC, we love cars, so we were more interested in the details Xpeng revealed about its product line. And we were not disappointed.
A few days ago, the first photos of the new generation Trumpchi GS8 leaked out. Today, the official pictures were released. The GS8 is the flagship SUV of Trumpchi, a brand under Guangzhou Auto (GAC). The seven-seat GS8 debuted in 2016 and was updated in 2020.
After Tycho and I restarted the site month ago, we were surprised by the positive reactions and the huge website traffic we received. It seems you were very hungry for news from China automotive. Thus we would like to bring you even more good quality articles from the Chinese market, and we are looking for new editors with the same passion for cars from China as we have.
On the night of 19th June, Lynk & Co officially released its flagship model 09 in Shanghai. The new car is positioned as a mid-size SUV. Following models 01 – 07, Lynk & Co 09 is the automaker’s biggest car. It is based on Volvo’s SPA platform – the same that underpins the Volvo XC90 II (also a mid-size SUV), several other Volvo cars, and Polestar 1. Chinese automaker Geely owns all these brands.
I like Chongqing Auto Show. Compared with Shanghai Auto, which traditionally takes place in April, Chongqing is much smaller but more pragmatic. Shanghai is more about showing muscles, the latest technology, and concept cars. “Launch in 2025” was the favorite phrase there. There is lots of PR. But at Chongqing, automakers show more cars you can actually buy now or soon. My colleague Tycho would probably say this show is less focused on millennials. Let’s have a look at the three highlights of the show and one surprise.
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.
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.
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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