Beijing Motor Show 2020: NEVs of Foreign-Equity OEMs

Toyota, Honda, Nissan, VW, BMW, Daimler, Hyundai




  The Beijing Motor Show 2020 (September 26 - October 5) was held at two sites: the New China International Exhibition Center (New Venue) located near the Beijing Capital International Airport, and the Old China International Exhibition Center (Old Venue), located in the center of the city.
  The New Venue was comprised of exhibitions of motor vehicle OEMs and major components suppliers, while the Old Venue showcased components and selected models from the NEV (New Energy Vehicle) automakers.
  This year's exhibit area was 200,000 square meters, which is 20,000 square meters smaller than the 2018 Beijing Motor Show. According to the event organizers, there were 785 vehicle models on display.

  At this year’s motor show, Honda unveiled its first Honda-brand EV (electric vehicle) concept car in China, as well as a PHV (plug-in hybrid) version of its popular CR-V model. Emphasizing that it is an OEM offering a full lineup of electrified models, Toyota announced that it will provide e-Pallete vehicles for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

  Among the three German automakers, the Q4 e-tron concept car based on the MEB platform, which VW Group’s Audi brand plans to produce in China in 2022, was unveiled. BMW displayed the iX3, a domestically manufactured electric SUV scheduled to go on sale within the year. The company also introduced the M Series of sporty, high-performance cars.

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Honda: Premiere of the Honda e:concept SUV

  Honda, which sold 897,287 units in China from January through August 2020, held the world premiere at this Show of the Honda brand EV concept vehicle, the Honda SUV e:concept, the Honda brand’s first EV to be introduced in China. The design of the model's stylish and dynamic exterior and future-looking technology interior was led by young designers at Honda China. This model incorporates the next-generation improved version of Honda SENSING, and is equipped with omnidirectional ADAS (advanced driver-assistance systems): a driving support system with improved recognition, prediction, and decision-making capabilities. It is also equipped with the next-generation Honda CONNECT with smartphone integration, an AI assistant, and OTA (over-the-air) functionality.

World Premiere of Honda e:concept SUV


  In addition, the CR-V SPORT HYBRID e+ PHV developed in China also had its world premiere. Based on the SPORT HYBRID i-MMD twin motor hybrid system, the efficiency of the battery and converter system has been improved. Cruising range in EV mode is more than 80 km. The vehicle is scheduled for release at the beginning of 2021 by Dongfeng Honda.



  The new VE-1+, an EV model exclusively for China, was unveiled. The vehicle produces a maximum output of 120kW and a peak torque of 280Nm. The range has been increased to 470 km from the current model's 401 km. Prices start at CNY 159,800.

  Incidentally, in July 2020, Honda concluded a comprehensive alliance agreement with CATL (Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited) for NEV batteries; this agreement strengthens the companies’ strategic partnership for accelerating the spread of electric vehicles. CATL plans to start supplying NEV batteries for Honda's models manufactured in China by 2022.

EV model exclusively for China




Toyota promotes its full lineup of electrified vehicles

  Toyota, whose cumulative sales of HVs (hybrid vehicles) in China have surpassed one million units, stated, along with collaborating with start-ups such as and Momenta, both of which are involved in autonomous driving technology, it is actively building friendships, including partnerships with major Chinese OEMs. The company will also continue to promote itself as an automaker with a full lineup of electrified vehicles. The mobility society of the future will be showcased at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. Specifically, Toyota will provide the e-Pallete.

  At this year's show, the Mirai fuel cell vehicle concept car and e-Pallete were exhibited on the main stage. A variety of electric models were on display, including the C-HR EV and IZOA EV, which were announced at the 2019 Shanghai Motor Show and launched in spring 2020 under the Toyota brand.

  In August, Toyota established a commercial vehicle fuel cell system research and development company with major Chinese OEMs such as FAW, Dongfeng, GAC and BAIC. In Beijing, the activities in the fuel cell sector are accelerating including the announcement on September 8, 2020 of a development plan for the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle industry and the opening of a demonstration zone.

Venza 第三代 Mirai
The C-HR EV model, launched in April 2020 The IZOA EV model, launched in May 2020


Lexus brand

  The Lexus brand, which was the top-selling imported passenger car in 2019, celebrated the China premiere of the LF-30 electric concept car. Lexus, widely recognized as a luxury brand in China, has sold more than 300,000 hybrid models in total. In April 2020, the UX 300e compact crossover was the first Lexus EV model to go on sale.

LF-30 コンセプトモデル LF-30 コンセプトモデル
Lexus LF-30 Electrified Concept Lexus UX300e launched in April 2020 with a range of 400 km and an electricity consumption of 13.1 kWh/100 km




Nissan: Announces Ariya crossover EV, plans to introduce nine electric vehicle models by 2025

 After unveiling its new Ariya crossover EV, Nissan announced plans to release seven new models in the Chinese market by 2022, with five models equipped with the ProPILOT advanced driver-assistance system. The company also plans to introduce nine models with electric powertrains in the Chinese market by 2025.

Ariya crossover EV to be released in 2021 EV version of the Sylphy which is popular in China

VW Group: Audi Q4 e-tron’s Asia debut

  On September 28, during the Beijing Motor Show, VW Group (China) announced that with its joint ventures (FAW-VW, SAIC-VW, and JAC-VW) it will invest EUR 15 billion in the e-mobility area between 2020 and 2024. Further, by 2025, 15 models will be manufactured locally by the group's affiliated brands, increasing its electrification rate to 35%. Production of EVs(ID.4)using the MEB platform will begin in October 2020 at two plants: in Foshan City (Guangdong Province) and Anting Shanghai. (The production capacity of the two plants will reach 600,000 units.)


Volkswagen brand

  Volkswagen plans to launch at least 12 SUV models by the end of 2021, four of which will be in the ID. family of EVs. The company also plans to launch a production version of the SMW large crossover SUV concept in 2021 and another large SUV in 2022. The ID.4 had attracted much attention in advance of the Show, but it was stated that the production model would not be displayed at this Show but would be unveiled in Shenzhen on October 22.

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Audi brand

  Sales of Chinese-produced Audi brand vehicles in the January-August 2020 period were up 9.5% year-over-year (y/y) to 402,000 units. The Asian premiere of the Q4 e-tron compact crossover concept model was held at this Show. The Q4 e-tron concept, which is based on the MEB platform, expresses the outlook and bold vision of future BEVs. With its sporty appearance and driver-focused center console, it is both trendy and practical. With two motors and a system output of 225 kW, acceleration from 0-100 kph is reached in 6.8 seconds. The vehicle’s range (WLTP mode) is 450 km and it can be charged to 80% in 30 minutes. According to FAW-VW's announcement, production in China is scheduled to begin in 2022.


Q4 e-tronコンセプトモデル 国産のe-tron
Asia premiere of the Q4 e-tron concept

E-tron manufactured by FAW-VW e-tron Sportback




BMW: Domestically manufactured iX3 to go on sale in 2020, with plans to export abroad

  BMW, which has positioned China as a key growth market, had the world premieres of the M3 Competition Sedan and the M4 Coupe. The electrified models exhibited include the domestic iX3 planned for release by the end of 2020 and the i4 concept cars.

  The iX3 electric SUV is equipped with 5th generation eDrive technology. It is equipped with BMW Active Driving Assistant Pro as standard. Maximum output is 210 kW and acceleration from 0-100 kph is reached in 6.8 seconds. The vehicle has a range of 500 km and can be charged to 80% in 45 minutes. It will be manufactured at the BMW Brilliance Automotive Limited plant in Shenyang and there are plans for overseas export. It is scheduled to be released by the end of 2020. The new 5 Series model was also announced with the Chinese market in mind. The 3,105 mm wheelbase is 130 mm longer than the standard 5 Series model. At the same time, the PHV model 535Le was announced. The system has a maximum output of 215 kW (292hp). Combined fuel consumption (NEDC mode) is 1.5L/100km and CO2 emissions are 36 g/km.

The iX3, made in China. i4 concept car




Daimler: EQC exhibited, same as in 2019

  There were no new, original electrified models at the Daimler booth this time around, and the EQC was on display, the same as last year. The Daimler Group used the improved V-Class manufactured by Fujian Benz Automotive Co., Ltd. to appeal to the Show visitors. This model is equipped with a 9-speed automatic transmission (9G-Tronic) and a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine.

  In addition to this, a long-wheelbase version of the new E-Class for the Chinese market was unveiled. The 3,079 mm wheelbase is 140 mm longer than the standard model. The cockpit is equipped with a 12.3-inch display.

Daimler Daimler


Improved V-Class




Hyundai Group: Electric concept model debut and announcement of mid- and long-term strategies

  Hyundai Group's (Hyundai and Kia) passenger car sales in China in 2019 fell 14.3% y/y to 1.012 million units, bringing its share of the passenger car market down to 0.5 percent. Hyundai Motor's January-June 2020 sales (wholesale) were lower than the previous year, except for January and March. At the Show, the company unveiled a prototype of the RM20e electric high-performance EV and the Prophecy electric concept car. Kia announced its mid- and long-term strategies for the Chinese market.


Hyundai brand

  The RM20e Prototype celebrated its world premiere as the first high performance electric sports car developed by Hyundai. Hyundai launched the RM (Racing Midship) project in 2012 to develop new high-performance motorsports technologies for the future N brand. The company also unveiled its EV concept car, the Prophecy, which illustrates the Hyundai’s future design direction for EVs.

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RM20e Prototype
(Source: Hyundai Motor website)
Prophecy EV concept model


Kia brand

  There were no new NEV models on display at the Kia booth; the Carnival and the fully redesigned K5 were the main models exhibited. The Carnival is planned for release in 2021.

  In the mid- and long-term strategies announced by Dongfeng Yueda Kia Motors Co., Ltd., the company said it aims to become a leading brand of electric vehicles in China and will adopt the E-GMP platform for all electric models it plans to introduce in the future. The company also aims to increase the proportion of BEVs (battery electric vehicles) to 18% of sales volume by 2025 and to increase the proportion of NEVs to at least 30% of sales by 2030.

LF-30 コンセプトモデル LF-30 コンセプトモデル
The all new K5 released in September 2020 K3 PHV


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