Ngebray.com,- It’s a giant showcase for the world’s biggest auto market, the Shanghai Auto Show. Growth has cooled in recent months but China remains crucial to the world’s auto makers who increasingly depend on it for revenue and profit.
As Chinese companies look to sell more cars overseas, one of China’s biggest selling SUVs, GAC’s Trumpchi, is literally climbing the walls to get onto US roads. China’s automakers hope to shed their reputation as builders of cheap second rate cars, but still have a way to go when it comes to setting for a global audience. GMC’s Trumpchi has nothing to do with president Trump, and the company says it’s still deciding whether it will carry the name when it goes on sale in the US in two year’s time.
Changan, one of China’s biggest auto makers which has Chinese name loosely translates to warrior but beyond that intimidating exterior are four electric motors that allow the car to drive sideways. It has a joint venture with Ford. The company says, the concept is aimed at drivers who struggle with parking.
China sold more than half a million electric cars last year. And the race between startups to create the next Tesla is intense. Electric cars have taken center state again at the show this year. Whether China can really innovate to be a world leader in electric cars, is a matter for debate. But one startup Nio formerly known as NextEV, is taking on Tesla’s reputation for speed.
This is Audi’s e-tron Sportback, which the company calls it’s blueprint for the future. A future, that is two years away.Audi says it will start production in 2019, the four Audi rings are illuminated. The car has cameras instead of wing mirrors and it has replaced door handles with sensors. Cars and designs like these are good news for consumers. In the wake of Tesla’s model S, auto makers are realizing electric cars don’t have to look like toasters.
There’s a nice little run around for family outings or for just popping out to the shos, or to the moon.
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