Auto Shanghai 2017 (Part 1): European and U.S. OEMs
VW Group unveils 3 EV concept brands, Daimler showcases A-Sedan Concept
Auto Shanghai 2017 was held from April 19 to April 28, 2017 at the National Exhibition and Convention Center（Shanghai）close to the Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport. About 1,000 companies from 18 countries and regions around the world exhibited at the venue, which had floor space exceeding 360,000 square meters. According to the organizer, there were a total of 1,010,000 visitors, including a total of 358,000 visitors on the weekend of April 22 and 23.
There were 1,400 vehicles exhibited at the show, including many world premiere and Asian premiere models. Chinese automakers also actively exhibited concept vehicles, and many people gathered around their booths.
The theme of the show was "Committed to a Better Life," and presented a high quality lifestyle accompanying the development of automobiles, while emphasizing state-of-the-art technology, new products, and current trends. Specifically, the show was designed so that technology and other aspects could be experienced using Virtual Reality (VR) with a focus on new energy vehicles (NEVs), networking, intelligence and electrification. An exhibition of parts essential for supporting new technology was held simultaneously at the venue.
Among OEMs based in the E.U. and U.S., booths that were particularly popular included the VW Group, which stood out for its eye popping amount of floor space and the number of vehicles it exhibited, GM, which has headquarters in Shanghai, and Mercedes-Benz, that debuted the A-Class sedan, for its world premiere.
This report mainly covers concept cars exhibited by E.U. and U.S. automakers, including world premieres. Subsequent reports will cover topics like concept models from Japanese, Korean, and Chinese OEMs, as well as PHVs, HVs and EVs.
|SAIC VW's booth attracted many show goers||Part of the 2nd floor of the venue had a large open area|