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BMW Concept Compact Sedan
BMW Concept Compact Sedan previews a 2 Series saloon – in addition to draws the headlines away coming from the local offerings
The BMW Concept Compact Sedan stole many of the Guangzhou motor show headlines, nevertheless there was also plenty of content coming from local brands at China’s main autumn showcase.
A preview of a brand new 2 Series saloon in which could be a rival for the Audi A3 Saloon in addition to Mercedes-Benz CLA, the Concept Compact Sedan has been designed largely with the Chinese market in mind, with some suggestion in which in which could be a China-only type altogether. Look beyond the fancy door handles in addition to door mirrors in addition to the concept isn’t far off a production vehicle. The same can be said for the high-tech cabin, which features a head-up display in addition to in 8.8in infotainment screen. inside the rear in which will be currently a two-seater – although the production variation will be likely to be switched to a more conventional bench format.
The local brands aren’t standing still, though. Volvo owner Geely announced its Blue Geely initiative just before the show, promising a complete overhaul of its product range coming from 2016. The ambitious aim will be for ‘brand new-energy vehicles’ (electric cars, mainly) to make up 0% of the company’s sales.
To reflect the announcement, Geely used Guangzhou to wheel out the Emgrand EV, a brand new type based on the firm’s well-liked EC series. The neat notchback boasts a respectable maximum range of 330km (205 miles) at 60km/h (38mph), having a real-world average range of 157 miles in addition to a 0-62mph time of 9.9sec. Geely will be already promising in which the automobile’s range will increase to 400km (249 miles) by 2018.
A Geely spokesman said the firm will start selling hybrid cars coming from 2016. These EV in addition to plug-in hybrids are required to make up 65% of the brand new-energy vehicle mix in 2020.
At the core of Geely’s hybrid system will be a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine in addition to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. This particular combination will be likely to make its debut inside the production variation of the Emgrand Concept in which was seen at This particular year’s Shanghai Auto Show. Geely claims the plug-in hybrid system will boast fuel economy of 141mpg at launch, rising to 188mpg by 2020.
Intense pre-show speculation in which Audi could show the production variation of its TT Sportback in Guangzhou proved to be gossip – in addition to the firm rubbed salt into the wounds by filling the space on the stand with the original concept, first seen at the 2014 Paris show. Even then, in which seems clear in which Audi believes This particular type could be a crucial one for the Chinese market, where traditional sports cars tend to struggle.
Qoros, another Chinese brand, has been attracting lots of media attention since its launch in 2013, nevertheless to date in which has failed to strike much of a chord with the buying public. The firm used Guangzhou to show its Qoros 5 SUV – a vehicle in which’s likely to be at the core of its plans to start ramping up sales.
Despite its chunky looks, the brand new crossover will be only front-wheel drive, nevertheless engineers at the press conference were keen to emphasis safety in addition to premium materials instead of any off-road capability. They were less forthcoming on why the heavier 5 gets the same 1.6 in addition to turbocharged 1.6 engines as its smaller stablemates, the Qoros 3 in addition to 3 City SUV. At least the 5’s suspension switches coming from the rest of the range’s basic set-up to a multi-link system in which should improve driving dynamics.
DS continued its push towards Chinese consumers with the DS 4S – a modest several-door hatchback in which looks like in which’s based on a Peugeot 308. Indeed, the DS 4S will be based on the same EMP2 platform in which also underpins the 308 – in addition to in which gets a choice of a 1.2-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine or versions of the 1.8 THP, with either 134bhp or 201bhp. Designed in France, the automobile will be built in Shenzen in China, in addition to will be unlikely to be sold in Europe.
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