Auto Shanghai 2019: Exhibitions by Western Automakers Ford, GM, Volvo, etc.
U.S. automakers focusing mainly on high-end with SUVs, European automakers promoting electrification
|The Escape ST-Line makes its debut in China|
This final report in the series of reports on the Auto Shanghai 2019 covers the exhibitions by the western automakers (Ford、GM、Volvo、PSA、Renault、JLR).
In early April 2019, Ford announced its business plan in China, the Ford China 330 Project. As one element of the China business plan, the automaker unveiled four new models at this year’s show.
GM’s Buick brand celebrated the world premiere of its GL8 Avenir concept model and released the VELITE 6 EV to market at the show. The Chevrolet brand celebrated the world premier of its Trailblazer SUV and the all-new Tracker. Finally, the Cadillac brand celebrated the Asian premier of its XT6.
Volvo, a subsidiary of the Geely Group, unveiled the XC40. The model is manufactured in China and scheduled for release in May.
The PSA Group’s vehicle sales have seen a major downturn in China in recent years but the group continues to have faith in the Chinese market that the situation will improve. At this show, PSA exhibited its China-exclusive 508 L plug-in hybrid and the Ami One concept from Citroën.
Renault celebrated the world premiere of its City K-ZE urban electric SUV and unveiled two models of its EZ-ULTIMO concept, which made its Asian premiere.
JLR unveiled its new Range Rover Evoque, which was updated for the first time in eight years, in an attempt to halt its declining sales in the Chinese market.
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Auto Shanghai 2019：Exhibitions by Chinese State-Owned Automakers（May 2019）
Auto Shanghai 2019：Displays of the German Big 3 Automakers（May 2019）
Auto Shanghai 2019：Eco-friendly cars from Japanese and Korean automakers（May 2019）
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2018 China market: 28.081M units for new car sales, 23.71M units for passenger cars（Feb. 2019）
Ford: Accelerating product releases, four models exhibited for the first time in China
At the "Ford China 2.0" strategy presentation in early April 2019, Ford China’s president and CEO Anning Chen announced its Ford China 330 Product Plan. Over the next three years, the automaker will release 30 or more new models from Ford and Lincoln brands (including more than 10 NEV models) and increase its autonomous driving research and development efforts. The OEM will also increase its investment in product development in China, with plans to establish a mobility innovation center for smart mobility research and development, as well as a design center and a new NEV center in China.
Although in 2018 Ford’s vehicle sales declined in the Chinese market, it has great expectations for the Chinese market in the future, and at this year’s show unveiled 4 models, the Escape ST-Line, Edge ST and Edge ST-Line, and the F-150 LTD premium pickup truck.
|Escape ST-Line||The vehicle known as the Escape in North America is sold as the Kuga in Europe, but the Chinese name of the Escape ST-Line exhibited at the show has yet to be unannounced. The Escape ST-Line was developed based on the C2 platform and will help cover the demands of the segmented SUV market alongside the Territory and Kuga.|
|With a dynamic external design, the vehicle is characterized by a longer wheelbase and larger body in comparison to competitor models in its class. The Escape ST-Line is powered by Ford’s new 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine or a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine combined with an 8-speed automatic transmission.|
|Edge ST||The Edge ST is Ford’s first made-in-China performance SUV and incorporates Ford’s ST design ethos, with a unique front and rear design. The Edge ST comes equipped with a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. It has a maximum output of 237 kW and a maximum torque of 500 Nm, and capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.2 seconds. The powertrain is supported by Ford’s AI-based 4WD system.|
|Edge ST-Line||The Edge ST-Line is a model with a lower chassis than the Edge ST to increase steering feel. The model is equipped with the fourth-generation 2.0L EcoBoost engine with a maximum output of 180 kW and a maximum torque of 390 Nm mated with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The Edge ST-Line is scheduled to be released in July 2019.|
|Edge ST||Edge ST-Line|
|F-150 LTD||The F-150 LTD is an American style premium pickup truck, with a unified sense of strength, elegance, and luxury.|
|The body makes use of military-grade high-strength aluminum alloy, while the vehicle itself is powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine capable of producing a maximum output of 280 kW and a maximum torque of 672 Nm. Power is transmitted to the wheels via Ford’s new 10-speed automatic transmission with manual mode. For the interior, Ford conducted detailed research to include elements down to the component material level, giving it a unique design.|
GM: Buick’s VELITE 6 and Cadillac’s XT6 make their Asian debuts
According to a GM announcement, vehicle sales volumes in Q1 of 2019 (including Wuling and Baojun brand vehicles) decreased by 17.45% year-over-year (y/y) to 813,973 vehicles. According to an SAIC-GM announcement in March 2019, the automaker will release more than 60 new and updated models from 2019 to 2023 for the various market segments with sedans, SUVs, and luxury models. Of these 60 models, nine or more will be PHVs and EVs locally manufactured in China. In 2019, in addition to Buick’s VELITE 6 announced at this show, the automaker also plans to release an EV model from the Chevrolet brand.
Buick celebrated the world premiere of its GL8 Avenir concept car. Avenir is Buick’s sub-brand for the high-end MPV market segment. The release of the brand’s first BEV model, the VELITE 6, was announced at the motor show press day pre-event, in addition to the unveiling of the Encore and Encore GX compact SUVs.
The Buick plans to introduce 48V mild hybrid technology and the Enclave mid/large-size SUV by the end of 2019, with Buick’s SUV family covering all needs from compact to large-size SUVs. It’s premium brand Avenir will also serve as the flagship model for its sedans, MPVs, and SUV series in 2019. Additionally, the Buick brand plans to release 20 or more models in China from 2019 to 2023.
|The GL8 Avenir is a concept model developed by GM’s Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) and SAIC. The vehicle size is nearly identical to that of the existing model, and while the basic design remains unchanged, attention has been given to the finer elements to give it a more luxurious feel and to better compete in its vehicle class.|
The luxurious interior of the GL8 Avenir has a four-seat layout, with a design that seeks to provide more interior comfort than other MPV models. The vehicle is equipped with a 12-inch touchscreen display for infotainment purposes and a 14-inch HUD. The GL8 enjoys a large portion of China’s high-end MPV market, and sales have been stable sales over the past several years.
|VELITE 6||The VELITE 6, announced the day before the motor show press day, is the first BEV model from the Buick brand. Developed based on the new EV architecture, the vehicle is equipped with Buick’s eMotion electric drive technology and the eConnect 2.0 telematics feature, in addition to a variety of other driver support systems. Buick plans to provide the VELITE 6 as part of its EVCard car sharing service platform, and the first 5,000 vehicles from the initial lot customized for car sharing services will be utilized in cities such as Shanghai, Wuhan, Chengdu, Chongqing, Suzhou, and Guangzhou. Prices start from CNY 165,800.|
The vehicle has a length of 4,650 mm, a width of 1,817 mm, a height of 1,510 mm, and a wheelbase of 2,660 mm. The VELITE 6 is equipped with a permanent magnet synchronous motor producing a maximum output of 85 kW and a maximum torque of 255 N m, and Bosch’s ESP 9.3 electronic stability control system. The vehicle has a driving range of 301 km in comprehensive urban mode, and has three drive modes: sport, economy, and standard.
|Encore/Encore GX||The new Encore and the Encore GX long wheelbase model were announced the day before press day at the Auto Shanghai. The powertrain is a combination of GM’s eighth-generation Ecotec engine mated to either a 9-speed automatic transmission or CVT. The entire lineup meets the China 6 emissions standards.|
|Encore||Encore GX（long wheelbase）|
Chevrolet’s new Trailblazer SUV and the new Tracker celebrated their world premieres at this show. Both models appeal to younger drivers with their individualistic designs, standing out from Chevrolet’s SUV family lineup. Detailed vehicle specifications have not yet been released, and the vehicles are scheduled to be released by the end of 2019.
|Trailblazer||The Trailblazer is a 5-seat compact SUV, positioned between the Tracker and Equinox.|
|Tracker||The Tracker is an entry-class SUV developed with the Internet-era consumer in mind. The vehicle is a follow-up to the existing TRAX, and multiple media sources have reported that the vehicle will increase in body size.|
The XT6 made its Asia debut at this motor show as part of Cadillac’s SUV strategy. The model is scheduled to be released simultaneously both in China and overseas in Q3 of 2019. The new CT6, revealed at the 2018 Guangzhou Motor Show and released in December, was also displayed.
The XT6 is a mid/large-size SUV with a length of 5,056 mm, a height of 1,780 mm, and a width of 1,964 mm. The XT6 has a 2+2+2 seat layout, with the second and third row seats (the third-row seats being electronically foldable) providing a comfortable interior space. The vehicle is powered by GM’s eighth-generation 2.0-liter turbocharged Ecotec engine mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission with manual mode. The vehicle can run in 4-cylinder high-performance mode, 4-cylinder eco mode, and 2-cylinder super eco mode, with all three modes meeting the China 6 emissions standards. The XT6 is scheduled for release in Q3 of 2019.
|CT6||The CT6 is Cadillac’s flagship model in China, released at the end of 2018. The vehicle has a length of 5,223 mm, a width of 1,879 mm, a height of 1,492 mm, and a wheelbase of 3,109 mm. The CT6 is equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, a 10-speed automatic transmission with manual mode, an automatic gear selector, and eco-start/stop functions.|
Volvo: Unveiled the domestically manufactured XC40
Following the exhibition of the fully redesigned XC40 at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show, Volvo unveiled the made-in-China XC40. The vehicle falls in the luxury compact SUV category and is likely to challange Audi’s Q3. The XC40 is manufactured at Volvo’s Chengdu plant and is scheduled to be released in May.
The XC40, based on the CMA platform, has the same dimensions as the imported model with a length of 4,425 mm, a width of 1,863 mm, a height of 1,652 mm, and a wheelbase of 2,702 mm. Owners can choose from three engines: the T3, T4, or T5, all combined with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Additionally, the XC40 is equipped with the Car Sharing remote sharing feature. Owners can also use the "Volvo on Call” feature to remotely unlock the XC40 and start the engine.
|The XC40, made in China.|
PSA: The China premiere of Peugeot’s 508 L PHEV and Citroën’s AMI ONE CONCEPT EV
With its vehicle sales continuing to decline in China, the PSA Group is predicting that vehicle sales volumes will contract by 3% in the Chinese market in 2019. However, the Group remains hopeful for the Chinese market, and announced that it will be releasing EV products to meet anticipated Chinese market demand going forward. At this show, the entire Peugeot lineup was displayed, with the 508 L PHEV also making its debut. Citroën’s AMI ONE CONCEPT EV celebrated its China premiere. 2019 marks Citroën’s 100th anniversary, and both Citroën and Dongfeng Citroën are prepared to release several special edition models commemorating the automaker’s centennial.
At the 2019 Chengdu and Guangzhou Motor Shows, Peugeot announced its plans to release two NEV models and the automaker plans to release its detailed NEV sales strategy in 2020. In 2023, all Dongfeng Peugeot models will be available as NEVs.
|508 L||The 508 L is a model exclusive to the Chinese market, unveiled at the 2018 Guangzhou Motor Show and released in March 2019. The model has a longer wheelbase than its predecessor by 33 mm at 2,848 mm. Its advanced driver-assistance system 2.0 is equivalent to Level 2 autonomous driving capability.|
|508 L PHEV||The 508 L PHEV was unveiled at this motor show and is scheduled to be released in 2019. The design of the vehicle is basically the same as that of the gasoline engine version. The PHEV is powered by a 1.8-liter turbocharged engine and motor. In EV mode, the vehicle has a range (NEDC mode) of 50 km.|
|The Chinese-market exclusive model New 508 L||508 L PHEV|
AMI ONE CONCEPT
|The AMI ONE CONCEPT, which made its China debut, is an EV concept first exhibited at the Geneva Motor Show held in March 2019. The design of this 2-seat EV micro concept car is unique, and designed for car sharing in the future. The body sides are mostly taken up by the doors which have highly transparent windows. The vehicle has a very futuristic feel to it with its small body and wheels with a motif of large flower petals. Furthermore, the vehicle has a soft-top roof for open-air driving and a QR code feature for unlocking the doors. The vehicle has a length of 2,500 mm, a width of 1,500 mm, a height of 1,500 mm, and a weight of 425 kg. The AMI ONE CONCEPT has a top speed of 45 km/h and a range of 100 km. It is designed for short-distance driving in urban areas.|
|The AMI ONE EV concept car|
Renault: World premiere of the City K-ZE urban electric SUV, Asia premiere of the EZ-ULTIMO with Level 4 autonomous driving
At this year’s show, the Renault Group announced that it aims to sell 550,000 vehicles annually in China by 2022. It also announced that it plans to manufacture 9 passenger vehicle models in China, and release a number of new models (primarily SUVs), with three of those scheduled to be EVs. Additionally, on April 15th, the day before the Motor Show’s press day, the automaker’s new design center went into operations.
The City K-ZE urban electric SUV, which celebrated its world premiere, is an A-segment vehicle and Renault’s strategic NEV model for China. The vehicle will be manufactured by e-GT New Energy Automotive Co., Ltd., a joint venture with Dongfeng Motor established in 2017.
Renault also held the Asia premiere of its EZ-ULTIMO concept vehicle, which is spearheading its future mobility philosophy. Dongfeng Renault, the joint venture between Renault and Dongfeng, plans to release three EV models by 2022.
The City K-ZE, first unveiled at the 2018 Paris Motor Show as a concept EV, made its world debut in China. The model is an A-segment SUV with a long wheelbase of 2,423 mm. The City K-ZE is planned to be released in China first and later globally.
The vehicle can be charged using either a household 220-volt power source or public charging equipment. Using quick charging mode, 80% of the battery can be charged in 50 minutes, while it takes 4 hours for a full charge using normal charging mode. The vehicle has a range of 250 km.
The City K-ZE is equipped with a PM 2.5 interior air sensor and an air quality system (AQS) to constantly monitor the interior air quality and automatically switch from internal to external air circulation.
|The EZ-ULTIMO, first unveiled at the Paris Motor Show 2018, made its debut in China. The interior cabin is spacious and relaxing, and the vehicle has automatic doors and revolving seats design to improve ease of vehicle ingress and egress.|
|The concept car is equipped with electrification technology, connected technology, autonomous driving technology, and mobility sharing solutions. The EZ-ULTIMO has Level 4 autonomous driving technology, connects to people, automobiles, and infrastructure, and adapts to various external environments in urban areas and on highways, meeting a diverse array of user needs.|
JLR: Unveiling of the All New Range Rover Evoque
JLR’s theme at this year’s show was “Racing to the Future,” emphasizing the position the Land Rover brand occupies as a premium off-road brand, as well as Jaguar’s 80 years of circuit pedigree. JLR exhibited the I-PACE, which won World Car of the Year, World Car Design of the Year, and World Green Car of the Year in 2019, and released the new Range Rover Evoque. Over the past several years, the automaker has been plagued by quality-related incidents such as recalls and user complaints, resulting in its reputation declining in China, but the company aims to regain consumer trust by rebuilding the good reputation it garnered from its early consumers.
The I-PACE is a premium electric SUV coupe. The vehicle is equipped with two permanent magnet synchronous motors producing an output of 294 kW and a torque of 696 Nm, enabling it to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds. The I-Pace has a range (NEDC mode) of 456 km.
|Range Rover Evoque||
The new Range Rover Evoque utilizes JLR’s new Premium Transverse Architecture (PTA). The vehicle is equipped with a new 2.0-liter Ingenium turbocharged engine combined with a 48-volt mild hybrid system. The safety equipment with which the vehicle is outfitted includes three high-resolution cameras located on the front and sides of the body which captures images at the lower-front area of the vehicle in real-time, which are then analyzed using big data, combined, then transmitted to the touchscreen display monitor in the center stack, enabling drivers to grasp the road conditions beneath the front end of the vehicle. The Range Rover Evoque is scheduled to be released in China by the end of 2019.
|All New Range Rover Evoque|
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