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What do the Detroit, Geneva, Los Angeles, New York, and Paris auto shows all have in common? They were canceled this year. For several months, a significant portion of automotive production and culture ground to a halt. But the lights are going green in some parts of the world. In China, the Beijing auto show actually happened and saw the debuts of a lot of luxury cars and some knockoffs. Electric vehicles were the center of this year’s show. It appears China wants long-range luxury SUVs, too. Here’s the interesting stuff from the 2020 Beijing auto show.
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Buick’s big debut in Beijing was the Electra. It’s a fully electric SUV with 583 horsepower and a claimed range of 410 miles. It uses GM’s new Ultium electric powertrain, the same one planned for the GMC Hummer and already in use for the upcoming Cadillac Lyriq.
There’s been a ton of news recently about Chevy’s future all-electric vehicles and GM’s revival of the Hummer name for a GMC Hummer EV pickup and SUV. Meanwhile, a 250-mile-range Chevrolet Menlo is already available in China. It’s larger than the Chevy Bolt EV with more cargo space and a cheaper starting price, but it’s only available in China.
Foton, known for its commercial semi-trucks and farm equipment, wants to bring full-size pickups to the China market. It’s no surprise they’ve made their G9 look almost identical to America’s best-selling vehicle, the 13th-generation Ford F-150. Unlike the F-series. however, the G9 will likely be offered with three powertrains that include a Cummins diesel, a China-sourced 2.0-liter turbo-diesel, and Isuzu’s 2.5-liter turbo-diesel.
Great Wall Motors Futurist Concept
The Futurist is a British-styled sedan painted like a KitchenAid mixer. The four-door uses captain’s chairs in each corner and center-opening doors that forgo a B-pillar. It’s a fully electric sedan that claims to use a cobalt-free battery with over 430 miles of range.
Honda SUV e:concept
Honda debuted the SUV e:concept, teasing an all-electric SUV for the China market. Big wheels, a stylish grilleless front bumper cover, and a large Honda emblem up front make it look super charming. Although this concept is a two-door SUV, we expect it to gain another pair of doors once ready for production.
No, it’s not a Lincoln. Seriously. We promise. It’s the new electric SUV from China’s oldest automaker, Hongqi. The E-HS9 is said to be the most expensive new car in China, but it’s the size of suburban America. The dual-motor EV looks to be roughly the same size as the Mercedes-Benz GLS, but that face reminds us of a late-Victorian heat radiator.
Hongqi 2.0 Concept
Hongqi debuted an autonomous minibus concept so cute and boxy we’re surprised two slices of toast didn’t pop out of it. Large glass doors on the passenger side of the bus push outward and slide open like automatic doors at your local grocery store. Inside, two passenger seats swivel and create a comfortably spacious waiting room for commuting.
Hongsang Dolphin SS
In 1958, Chevy’s C1 Corvette headlights doubled and it received a power bump to 290 horsepower from its fuel-injected V-8. That familiar look lives on in China as a plug-in hybrid coupe. The Hongsang Dolphin SS uses an electric motor and a turbocharged 1.5-liter gasoline engine. It also has four-wheel disc brakes, a feature Corvettes didn’t get until 1965. The Dolphin SS is available in eight different metallic colors and is priced at the equivalent of $86,000.
Huawei Transparent Concept
In the summer of 2020, Huawei surpassed Samsung and Apple as the world’s biggest smartphone supplier, while working with manufacturers to add 5G capability to cars. This transparent display shows the guts of a dual-motor EV, with various Huawei-sourced control modules. It’s cool, but it’d be a lot cooler if it were filled with champagne.
Kiwigogo imagines a world without trains, scooters, and buses, but one where commuters fly through cities under eight-rotor propulsion. The A-One promises a maximum range of less than two miles at almost 45 mph for 30 minutes. It’s totally not a car, but it does offer navigation and inspire memories of Inspector Gadget.
Neta Eureka 03 Concept
Neta is hoping to deliver on its giant promises of being able to crush Tesla’s battery range with the Eureka 03 concept. The Eureka is designed to deliver almost 500 miles of electric range, but considering the concept shown here is still missing a full interior, we take that as more a goal than a promise. It’s certainly a futuristic look, especially with its digital side mirrors and wide shelf of LED headlights.
Roughly the same size as the Fiat 500X, the Ora GT is a compact EV with Mini Cooper looks. Several Ora were on display at the show, but the GT uses red trim highlights in the style of a Volkswagen Golf GTI or Hyundai Veloster N, and racing stripes to make it appear sporty.
It looks like a car still in the making, but the Polestar Precept is almost ready for its real-world debut. Polestar announced it would build a new plant to begin production in September 2020, but have been quiet about range and cost of the full-size luxury sedan EV.
Voyah is the luxury EV brand dreamed up by Chinese automaker Dongfeng Motor. This is the company’s second concept, dubbed the iFree, and it looks to be big enough for three rows of seating. No details on range, pricing, or interior design are out yet, but the iFree is one of the few cars at the Beijing auto show that doesn’t look like a generic replica of another car that already exists.
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