Volkswagen unveiled an electric SUV made for China ahead of the opening Monday of the Shanghai auto show, the industry’s biggest marketing event in a year overshadowed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Automakers are looking to China, their biggest market by sales volume and the first major economy to rebound from the pandemic, to revive sales and reverse multibillion-dollar losses.
Ford, Nissan and other brands planned to debut new models for China at the show, which opened under anti-virus controls. Few auto executives from abroad attended. Reporters were required to undergo virus tests.
VW’s ID.6 SUV reflects growing industry momentum toward electrification and designing models for Chinese tastes. VW said the six- and seven-seat models aim to create a lounge on wheels with semi-automated driving and other advanced technology.
Ford Motor Co. planned to present its first SUV created for global sales under a strategy to rely more heavily on its China operations for product development.
First-quarter sales of SUVs, sedans and minivans in China jumped 75.6 per cent over a year earlier, when the ruling Communist Party closed factories and dealerships to fight the virus, according to an industry group, the China Association of Auto Manufacturers. By contrast, Edmunds.com Inc. forecast quarterly US sales would rise 8.9 per cent over a year ago but would be off 8.6 per cent from the final quarter of 2020.
Sales of electric vehicles in China, the biggest market for that technology, nearly tripled in the first three months of 2021 over a year earlier to 515,000 units, according to CAAC.
The Mazda CX-30 EV made its debut at Auto Shanghai 2021. It will be available in China exclusively in the second half of the year.
With the CX-30 EV, the Japanese car manufacturer adds a crossover model with electric drive to its portfolio.
NIO, a Chinese electric car maker, displays its new energy car eT7 at its booth during the 19th International Automobile Industry Exhibition (Auto Shanghai 2021) in Shanghai, east China, April 19, 2021. (Xinhua/Chen Jianli)
SHANGHAI, April 19 (Xinhua) — The 19th International Automobile Industry Exhibition (Auto Shanghai 2021) kicked off at the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai) Monday.
Slated for April 19 to 28, Auto Shanghai 2021 is the first of the world’s biggest auto shows to run normally amid the coronavirus pandemic this year.
According to the organizer, 1,000 enterprises from all over the world have registered to participate in the auto show, which boasts a total exhibition area of 360,000 square meters with 12 indoor exhibition halls.
On the agenda, April 19 and 20 are designated as media days, while April 21 to 23 are reserved for professionals in the industry. Members of the public will have access to the show from April 24 to 28.
As part of ongoing anti-epidemic measures, tickets for this year’s show are electronic, and visitors are required to check in with a valid ID and show a health QR code which can display individual COVID-19 test results, vaccination records and data on travel to medium- or high-risk regions.
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