The Chinese Smart Is Coming But It Isn’t Really The First One


Automaker Smart has released teasers of their upcoming SUV concept, scheduled to be unveiled on the Munich Motor Show in Germany in September. The concept car previews an upcoming electric premium compact SUV, set to launch in China in 2022.

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New Electric Cars From China – May 2021 – Part 3

BMW iX3
This is the third part of our series on New Electric Cars From China – May 2021. For background and more cars see Part 1 and Part 2. We immediately continue with the car you see atop this post; the updated BMW iX3.

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Huawei, Changan, and CATL will launch a high-end EV next week. Its codename is AB E11.

Changan UNI-K
The Vision-V concept was a predecessor of ICE UNI-K, which is totally not a Porsche Cayenne. This car made Changan famous outside China in 2020. Their new EV brand is supposed to be designed also by a former Porsche designer.

Changan was teasing this since November last year, and finally, it’s coming. The high-end AB brand (AB is a codename) will be launched next week and unveil 5 premium models, reported by Sina Finance. The first of them will be the electric E11, a four-wheel drive SUV with a price range between 200 000 – 400 000 yuan (31 000 – 62 000 USD). E11 is supposed to compete with Tesla Model Y and Nio ES8.

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This is not Tesla Y. New Chinese EV Modern IN starts presale at 125 000 yuan (19 000 USD)

Modern IN is for young folks
Modern IN is naturally for young folks.

Modern Auto is a new EV startup brand founded in 2019 by Liu Xin (刘昕) in Shanghai. They have initial capital of 50 million yuan (8 million USD), and their cars will be manufactured by Beijing Automobile (BAW). In CNC, we say the more brands, the better. And we like underdogs!

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New Electric Cars From China – May 2021 – Part 2


This is the second part of our series on New Electric Cars From China – May 2021. For background and more cars see Part 1. We immediately continue with the car you see atop this post; the new Mazda CX-30 EV.

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BYD developed the first EV with manual transmission. Demand might surprise

BYD e3
BYD e3 version manual transmission for driving schools

BYD always had a great smell in commercial vehicles. They prove it again with the launch of the electric model e3  dedicated to driving schools. To meet the needs of such a niche market, the new model can simulate the manual transmission of fuel vehicles.

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