Beijing Motor Show 2016 (Part 1) European OEMs: Automakers Strengthen China-Exclusive Model Lineups

VW showcases T-Prime Concept GTE / BMW displays its X1 long-wheelbase model

2016/05/31

Summary

  The 2016 Beijing Motor Show was held from April 25th to May 4th at the China International Exhibition Center New Venue, located near the Beijing Capital International Airport, and the China International Exhibition Center Old Venue. Many exhibition vehicles and visitors assembled here for this large-scale motor show, held at the expansive, 220 thousand square meter venue.

  According to the organizer, 815 thousand visitors gathered at the event, where over 1,600 companies from 14 countries and regions around the world exhibited their products. The wide range of exhibitions included world-premiere models and concept cars, as well as vehicles exclusive to the Chinese market, and it could be said that the show captured the attention of nations around the world.

  The theme for the show was “Innovation and Transformation,” with exhibition content focusing on the combination of electric, intelligent, and networked vehicles, as well as new energy vehicles. The New Venue exhibited auto manufacturers and major parts manufacturers, whereas the Old Venue showcased parts manufacturers, and had a special venue for new energy vehicles centered on Chinese manufacturers.

  Among the European manufacturers, the booths of German brands like Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, and VW were extremely crowded. As for Japanese brands, Lexus, Infiniti, and Acura were popular among attendees, who seemed highly interested in luxury vehicles.

  The booths for Korean manufacturers lacked the momentum seen at exhibitions in previous years and had fewer visitors. At the same time, Chinese manufacturers displayed several new energy vehicles and SUVs, and were filled by attendees with families in tow. Furthermore, sales representatives from dealers gave explanations of the exhibited vehicles, and also invited booth guests for test drives.

  This report will focus on PHVs exhibited at the Beijing Motor Show by European brands, as well as world premiere vehicles. The next report will feature Japanese, Korean, and Chinese models, as well as Chinese new energy vehicles.

The China International Exhibition Center New Venue
The China International Exhibition Center New Venue
Banners in the hallways displaying newly announced models
Banners in the hallways displaying newly announced models


VW Group: Lineup with a broad range of models, principally focused on SUVs and sedans

VW Brand: Introducing PHV concept cars and models for the Chinese market

  At this year’s show the VW brand only showcased concept cars for their PHV lineup, whereas the Audi brand displayed the A6L e-tron. Moreover, the PHV Audi Q7 e-tron is scheduled to be released in 2017. Additionally, the group announced it will be producing 10 SUV models and 15 new energy vehicles locally in the next three to four years.

  In 2016 the VW group invested 4 billion Euros in China for developing environmentally conscious products, capital expenditures in the production process, and other projects. It continues to focus on the Chinese market and localization and also is planning to hire 30,000 new employees in China by 2020.

  The VW group has also established its third global “VW Group Future Center” in Beijing, China (others are located in Potsdam, Germany, and in California, USA), which will collaborate with Chinese designers as it boosts R&D.

VW Brand: Introducing PHV concept cars and models for the Chinese market

T-Prime CONCEPT GTE
(PHV Concept)
The T-Prime Concept GTE, a premium C segment SUV concept, made its world premiere. Boasting high-performance and elegance, this concept pursues the comfort of premium sedans, the cabin space of vans, and the power of sports cars. The coloring, which includes blue, light gray, and brown colors, as well as the materials pay tribute to Chinese philosophy, and are based on the five elements (the Wu Xing). The PHV features 3 selectable modes (E mode, Hybrid Intelligent Mode, and GTE High-Performance Hybrid Mode), and has all-wheel-drive powered by an eight-speed automatic transmission. E Mode has an all-electric range of 50 km. The Hybrid Intelligent Mode boasts a maximum output of 280kW and a maximum torque of 700Nm. Power can be supplied via 3.6kW household AC power sources or 7.2kW public power supply equipment. The vehicle can be fully charged in 8 hours and 2.5 hours, respectively.
T-PRIME CONCEPT GTE (image provided by VW)
T-Prime CONCEPT GTE
Blue and light gray-based color scheme
Blue and light gray-based color scheme

Phideon VW Group displayed its new D-segment premium sedan, which is exclusively for the Chinese market and made its world debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The vehicle was developed using VW Group’s new MLB (Modular Longitudinal Matrix) platform as its base. The PHIDEON 380 sports a seven-speed wet DSG (DCT: Dual Clutch Transmission) and a 2.0 liter EA888 turbo engine, with a maximum output of 165kW and maximum torque of 350Nm.
Phideon
Phideon
Phideon(image provided by VW)
Phideon(image provided by VW)

Lamando GTS A Lamando high-performance model characterized by its sporty front grill. It features a DQ380 (DCT produced in China) wet seven-speed transmission, 2.0-liter TSI engine, and has a maximum output of 162kW and a maximum torque of 350Nm.
Magotan A next-generation Magotan model exclusive to the Chinese market was announced. It features the VW Group’s MQB-B platform, with a wheelbase approximately 8 cm longer than the European Passat.
Lamondo GTS(image provided by VW)
Lamondo GTS(image provided by VW)
Magotan
Magotan

Audi: Releasing the A6L e-tron at the end of 2016 and new Q7 e-tron in 2017

Connected mobility A concept car based on the Q3 premium compact SUV. It was designed for use in major Chinese cities with serious traffic congestion and traffic restrictions. An electric kick scooter is tucked away in the rear bumper. When the infotainment system determines that, given real-time traffic conditions, the driver can reach their destination more quickly with the kick scooter, it recommends parking the vehicle and deploying it. The range of the electric kick scooter is 12 km, and it has a maximum speed of 30 km/h.
Concept Car connected mobility
Concept Car connected mobility
An electric kick scooter is nestled in the rear bumper
An electric kick scooter is nestled in the rear bumper

A6L e-tron A PHV produced in China that was first unveiled at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show. It features a 2.0 liter TFSI gasoline engine and electric motor, and produces a maximum output of 180kW and a maximum torque of 500Nm. It achieves 2.2 liters per 100 km and is scheduled for release at the end of 2016.
A6L  e-tron A6L  e-tron
A6L e-tron、scheduled for release at the end of 2016

A4L (China-exclusive long-wheelbase model) The A4 L, a China-exclusive model that combines elegance and comfort, was revealed for the first time. The total length is 4,810 mm and the wheelbase is 2,910 mm. It will be offered with two variants of the TFSI engine that produce a maximum output of either 140kW or 185kW.
TT RS Coupe The TT RS Coupe made its world debut. It sports a 2.5TSI five-cylinder engine, has a maximum output of 294kW and maximum torque of 480Nm, and accelerates from 0-100 km in 3.7 seconds.
A4L
A4L
TT RS Coupe
TT RS Coupe


BMW: 7 series PHV makes an appearance

  Like the 530Le, which made its debut at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show, BMW unveiled the 740Le, a 7 series PHV. The automaker showcased the 530Le, i3, and i8, at the new energy vehicle exhibition held in the Old Venue, and it could be said that even among European OEMs, BMW’s lineup of electric vehicles is extensive.

  BMW displayed 8 models at this year’s show including concept models, and appealed to younger generations in the Chinese market with offerings such as the X1 long wheelbase model, and 2 Series Gran Touring, which was released in March 2016.

740Le The 740Le iPerformance (7 series PHV), and 740Le xDrive iPerformance were unveiled for the first time as Asian premieres. Both models feature a Steptronic eight-speed automatic transmission mated to a 2.0 liter, four-cylinder turbo engine. The overall system produces a maximum output of 240kW and maximum torque of 500Nm. The total capacity of the lithium battery is 9.2kWh.
740Le xDrive
740Le xDrive
740Le powertrain (image provided by BMW)
740Le powertrain (image provided by BMW)

Compact sedan An urban compact four-door sedan that is close in size to the 1 series first revealed at the 2015 Guangzhou Motor Show was put on display. The vehicle was developed through research studies of the Chinese market, and based on the lifestyles of the next-generation of young people. It is equipped with 20 inch wheels, an 8.8 inch monitor, and Nappa leather.
Urban Compact Sedan Concept Car Urban Compact Sedan Concept Car
Urban Compact Sedan Concept Car

X1  (China-exclusive long-wheelbase model) A Chinese market-exclusive long-wheelbase model of the X1 was unveiled, and sales reservations commenced. The model is provided with either a six-speed automatic transmission and a 1.5 liter turbo engine, or an eight-speed automatic transmission with a 2.0 liter turbo engine. The 2.0 liter turbo engine accelerates from 0-100km in approximately 7.0 seconds. Compared to the standard model distributed in other markets, the long wheelbase model has an extended total length of 13 cm, and a wheelbase that is 11 cm longer. It will be released in mid-May with a starting price of RMB 286 thousand.
X1 long-wheelbase model for the Chinese market
X1 long-wheelbase model for the Chinese market
X1 interior (image provided by BMW)
X1 interior (image provided by BMW)


Daimler: Exhibiting a long-wheelbase E-class and SUVs for the Chinese market

  For Mercedes-Benz, the biggest market by country in 2015 was China, which overtook the United States. In 2016, the brand sold approximately 105,000 units in the first quarter, a 39% increase from the previous year.

  At the Beijing Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz displayed an SUV and the E-Class long, which is exclusive to the Chinese market. The booth, which had a luxurious black-based color scheme, was overflowing with visitors.

GLE500 e 4MATIC This PHV had already made its debut at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show, and sales have commenced. The model features the highest maximum output of the Mercedez-Benz SUV range. The seven-speed automatic, 3.0 liter V6 twin-turbo engine boasts a maximum output of 245kW, and has a maximum torque of 480Nm. The electric motor has a maximum output of 85kW, with a maximum torque of 340Nm. The vehicle realizes low fuel consumption of 3.7L/100km. Moreover, with DYNAMIC SELECT, it offers driving styles to handle a variety of tastes, including sporty handling and off-roading.
GLE500 e 4MATIC
GLE500 e 4MATIC
Controlled via touchpad (image provided by Daimler)
Controlled via touchpad
(image provided by Daimler)

GLC Sports SUV The GLC Coupe concept car was the center of attention at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show, but ultimately was changed into a sports SUV. The SUV that was unveiled offers sporty driving, an elegant exterior, and a strong presence. The vehicle sports a nine-speed automatic transmission, 2.0 liter engine, and full-time four-wheel drive. The GLC260 has a maximum output of 155kW, a maximum torque of 350Nm, and is equipped with DYNAMIC SELECT.
E-Class L
(Long-wheelbase model for the Chinese market)
This Chinese market exclusive model features a total length and wheelbase that are 140 mm longer than the new E-Class. The total length is 5063 mm, and the wheelbase 3079 mm.
SLC The SLC, which had its world premiere at the 2016 Detroit Motor Show, made its debut in Asia. The SLC, which has been renamed from the SLK, is a convertible in the same class as the C-Class. It has a nine-speed automatic transmission and 2.0 liter inline-four turbo engine. DYNAMIC SELECT allows users to select a driving style of their choice. Additionally, the vehicle is equipped with diverse functions such as updates on the newest traffic conditions and internet connectivity via COMAND Online.
GLC Sports SUV	(image provided by Daimler)
GLC Sports SUV (image provided by Daimler)
E-Class L
E-Class L
SLC(image provided by Daimler)
SLC(image provided by Daimler)


PSA Group: Realizing an extensive lineup with premium sedans and environmentally friendly vehicles

  This was the Group’s first international motor show appearance since PSA Peugeot Citroen changed its name to Group PSA in April 2016. As environmentally friendly vehicles, The Citroen brand showcased the E-ELYSEE, its EV scheduled for market release in 2017, and the E-MEHARI, which has been launched in Europe, as environmentally friendly vehicles.

  Additionally, on May 11th, 2016, an agreement was signed to co-develop a modular platform (e-CMP) for EV cars with the Dongfeng Motor Group and Dongfeng Peugeot-Citroën Automobile Limited, as well as to strategically exchange human resources between the Dongfeng Motor Group and the PSA Group. Specifically, RMB 550 million will be invested into research and development, and the first e-CMP model is scheduled for release in Europe in 2018, followed by China in 2019.

DS Brand: Release of the 4th model produced in China, the DS 4S

DS 4S The DS brand exhibited a hatchback version of the DS 4S, which was first unveiled at the Guangzhou Motor Show in November 2015, and has already started sales reservations. The model has a range of three different engines: the THP130, THP160, and THP200. It features an Aisin six-speed automatic transmission and has a maximum output of 100-150kW, with a maximum torque of 230-280Nm. It’s larger than the European version, with a length of 4435 mm, width of 1843 mm, and height of 1510 mm. It is manufactured by Changan PSA.
DS 4S
DS 4S
DS 4S interior
DS 4S interior

Peugeot Brand: Appealing to the younger generation with its urban SUV, the 3008

3008 An urban SUV, the 3008, made its debut at this year’s Show. It features either a 1.6 THP engine or a 2.0 liter engine, with the 1.6 THP mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, and the 2.0 liter mated to a manual or automatic transmission. It is manufactured by Dongfeng Peugeot, and is scheduled for release in June 2016.
3008
3008
3008 interior
3008 interior

Citroen Brand: Exhibiting a broad lineup ranging from environmentally friendly vehicles to first-class premium sedans

E-ELYSEE The brand unveiled its EV based on the ELYSEE for the first time. It will be launched in 2017 with a PHV version following in 2019.
E-MEHARI The E-MEHARI, which was first revealed at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, was shown for the first time in China. This EV was manufactured in collaboration with the fashion brand Courreges. It has an all-electric range of 200 km, and can be fully charged in as little as 8 hours. The PSA Group plans to make this model the symbol of their new energy vehicles and is strategically positioning it for Citroën’s efforts for energy saving and environmental protection.
E-ELYSEE
E-ELYSEE
E-MEHARI
E-MEHARI

C6 The Citroën brand’s first-class premium sedan made its world premiere. It features a 12.3 inch LCD digital instrument panel, imported NAPP leather, four independent automatic air conditioning systems, and a sunroof. The C6 is scheduled for release in the second half of 2016.
C6
C6


Renault: Showcasing an SUV at first Beijing Show since the opening of company's Wuhan plant

  Renault’s Wuhan plant officially commenced operations on February 1st, 2016. It has an annual production capacity of 150 thousand vehicles, and in the future this is to be increased to 300 thousand. The first model manufactured at the Wuhan plant was the Kadjar, and this is to be followed by the Koleos that was unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show. Both are SUVs. In the future, production of an EV model is also planned.

Renault only exhibited the Kadjar and Koleos at this year’s Show.

Koleos This flagship D-segment SUV, made its world premiere after undergoing a full model update. The company is calling the model a fusion of an SUV and luxury sedan. The 2.0 liter version has two-wheel drive, and the 2.5 liter is available with either two or four-wheel drive. It is scheduled for release at the end of 2016.
Koleos (image provided by Renault)
Koleos (image provided by Renault)
Koleos
Koleos


GM Group: Buick, Cadillac, and Chevrolet showcase environmentally friendly vehicles for each brand

  GM currently has a joint venture with Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation, China’s number 1 passenger car/commercial vehicle manufacturer. Buick, Chevrolet, and Cadillac each displayed environmentally friendly vehicles at the Beijing Motor Show. An HEV model was displayed along with the new gasoline engine LaCrosse that was released in March 2016.

Buick
LaCrosse Hybrid
Buick officially revealed the HEV model. The powertrain is a combination of a 1.8 SIDI direct-injection engine and two drive motor units. The main motor has a maximum output 60kw and a maximum torque of 275Nm. The sub-motor produces 54kw and a maximum torque of 140Nm. The vehicle achieves a fuel mileage of 4.7 liters/100km.
Cadillac CT6 PHV First revealed at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show, Cadillac displayed the PHV version of their flagship model, which is already on sale. Thanks to the combination of a 2.0 liter direct injection turbo engine and twin motors, the vehicle achieves a maximum output of 250kW, and a maximum torque of 586Nm. The all-electric range exceeds 60 km, and fuel consumption is 2.0 liters/100km.
Chevrolet
Malibu XL Hybrid
Although detailed specs were unavailable at the motor show, Chevrolet constructed a separate display area to showcase the Malibu XL Hybrid. The vehicle is powered by a 1.8 liter SIDI direct injection engine mated to an EVT (Electrically Variable Transmission). It has a xaximum output is 94kW, and a maximum torque of 175Nm. The vehicles fuel consumption is a low 4.3 liters/100km.
Buick Hybrid
Buick Hybrid
Cross section of the Cadillac CT6 PHV
Cross section of the Cadillac CT6 PHV
Chevrolet Malibu XL Hybrid
Chevrolet Malibu XL Hybrid
Hybrid system from the Chevrolet Malibu XL Hybrid
Hybrid system from the Chevrolet Malibu XL Hybrid


Tesla: The popular Model X EV

  Tesla showcased the Model X and Model S and also had a display for both models at the new energy car exhibition in the Old Venue. Both booths had many guests, showing that among the imported cars in China, Tesla has achieved extremely high name recognition.

Model X The Model X, which is now accepting sales reservations, made an appearance at the Beijing Motor Show. Its unique and stylish exterior has captured the attention of consumers in China, where SUVs are extremely popular. The Model X accelerates from 0-100 km in 3.4 seconds. It has a range of 489km.
Model X
Model X

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