GM sizes up China: Shanghai-GM, the joint venture between GM and SAIC, says it plans to invest 100 billion yuan (16bn dollars) between 2016 and 2020 to develop new vehicles. The carmaker wants to revamp or build ten new models each year, among them plug-in hybrids.
New EV by BMW JV: BMW and Brilliance have presented the Concept Next, an all-electric SUV. While details are scarce, the EV is believed to be based on the X3 size-wise and possibly powered by the same drive already used for the Zinoro 1E.
Geely eyes Europe: The Chinese manufacturer is pondering a small SUV to hit Chinese showrooms in 2017. It could come to Europe a year later and would here also be offered as a plug-in hybrid variant.
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Sports EV from China: Qiantu Qiche unveiled an electric sports car at the Auto Shanghai that can claim a truly unique design perspective. The K50 Event! (sic!) is set to launch in 2016 in China and will cost around 700.000 yuan or 113.000 dollars. 294 kW and 650 Nm are given as performance data and the EV claims a range of 200 kilometres.
Hybrid Qoros concept debuts: In Shanghai, Qoros unveiled the 2 PHEV Concept which features one turbo engine coupled with two electric motors at the rear. The plug-in hybrid comes with inductive charging technology and a charging “probe” that unfolds at the touch of a button.
New Chinese EVs: The Smart-like Zotye E01 with a Tesla-like touchscreen has been unveiled in Shanghai as expected. However, it is now called Zotye Zhima E30 EV. Also on display in Shanghai is the Chery Arrizo 3 EV with a said range of up to 300 kilometres in eco mode.
carnewschina.com (Zotye), autoevolution.com (Chery)
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