Published: Mon, April 24, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Shanghai Auto Show: What the new concept cars look like

There has been talk of a new electric auto platform for Volvo's EVs, but Volvo has now clarified that the new EV will be built on the CMA platform which underpins the upcoming Volvo 40 Series range (and the new Lynk & Co 01 and 03). Past year the, Chinese government proposed that by 2018 eight percent of the total fleet should be made up of fuel efficient vehicles.And so it might be China that leads the transition to an EV-driven society.

The president of GM's China unit, Matt Tsien, said today during the Shanghai auto show that the company will start production of a pure-electric model in China within two years.

Despite the increasing support from Beijing for the EV industry, sales of electric and gas-electic hybrids fell 4.4% in Q1. And it would also be great for China's smog-choked cities if Volvo could nudge the country in the direction of lower automotive emissions.

Designed with a sleek sportsback-style look as a throwback to the much-loved MG roadsters of the past, MG says that the E-Motion will set new standards for the capability of plug-in vehicles. The vehicle will be made by GM's joint venture with China's SAIC. As part of the plan, the Swedish auto maker will also offer a plug-in hybrid version of every new model it makes.

BYD Auto is the only automaker that can bask in the light of being NEV-focused while seeing strong sales in the China market. This means that the first electric vehicle will be smaller than the S90.

The Buick Velite 5 will be part of that and it will be manufactured in China. Automakers say they may be unable to meet those targets and regulators have suggested they might be reduced or postponed.

The automaker said that it would be built in China and the model will be offered worldwide. With the launch of the first all-electric vehicle will help Volvo to achieve its goal of selling a million hybrids and EVs by 2025. The company said it would also sell 10 EP9 electric "super cars" for US$1.48 million (S$2 million) without offering a timeline.

Chevy's rough patch comes as local Chinese brands churn out increasingly refined and competitively priced vehicles, in some cases challenging mainstream foreign brands including Hyundai, Ford and Chevy.

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