VW, Ford unveil SUV at China Auto Show under virus control


Shanghai (AP) — Volkswagen, Ford and China brands are new SUVs for China’s growing markets on Monday at the Shanghai Auto Show, the industry’s largest marketing event in a year overshadowed by the coronavirus pandemic. Was announced.

Automakers hope to drive a resurgence of sales and reverse billions of dollars in China, the largest car market in terms of sales and the first major economy to recover from a pandemic. ..

The Shanghai Motor Show 2021 will be under anti-virus control, including holding a videolink press conference. Most executives from overseas are not present. The reporter had to be tested for viruses.

The latest models reflect the accelerating momentum for electrification and the design of models to suit China’s tastes. Automakers are increasingly relying on China’s research and design centers to create models for global sale.

Volkswagen AG said the all-electric ID.6, available on 6-seater and 7-seater models, aims to create a “wheeled lounge” with semi-automatic driving and other technologies.

The show also highlights the fast-growing technology and design skills of young but ambitious domestic brands in China.

Geely Auto, part of the Geely Holding group, including Volvo Cars of Sweden, has debuted its new flagship SUV, the Xingyue L. According to the company, self-driving technology allows the Xingyue L to park and pick up back from the parking lot. That driver.

General Motors has debuted the Envision Plus mid-sized SUV and Verano Sedan among the 13 newly updated GM models planned in China this year. GM’s Wuling joint venture released electric macaroons, which are part of the low-priced Hong Guang line, in early April.

Ford Motor Co. has announced EVOS, a medium-sized SUV. This is the first vehicle developed by a team primarily based in China under a strategy two years ago, further leveraging Ford’s China operations for product development. The automaker also debuted a plug-in hybrid SUV, Escape, and the all-electric Mustang Mach-E.

According to the China Automakers Association, first-quarter sales of SUVs, sedans and minivans in China surged 75.6% compared to a year ago when the ruling Communist Party closed its economy to fight the virus. In contrast, Edmunds.com Inc. forecasts US quarterly sales to increase 8.9% compared to a year ago, but decrease 8.6% from the final quarter of 2020.

According to CAAC, sales of electric vehicles in China, which account for about half of the global purchases of this technology, tripled in the first three months of 2021 to 515,000 units.

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced the prototype of the SUV, which will be the first electric vehicle to be sold in China, and Breeze, the first plug-in hybrid vehicle from a joint venture with the Chinese state-owned brand GAC. Honda plans to release 10 electric models within 5 years.

Nissan Motor exhibited the X-Trail crossover and e-POWER electric powertrain for the Chinese market.

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