The main attractions of the 15th Shanghai International Auto Show are the electric and hybrid models.
This comes as no surprise taking into consideration China’s recent fight with the unprecedented smog caused by high vehicle CO2 emission levels. There are 1, 300 vehicles exposed at the auto show, from which 91 are new energy models including 56 from foreign automakers, the first time in the exhibition’s history when foreign green models surpassed the number of domestic ones.
Wang Xia, chairman of the Automobile Industry Committee at the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, said that customers no longer see EVs only as eco-friendly concepts but an opportunity to increase environmental awareness. To prove that SUVs are not gas guzzlers as many customers see them, VW came with its hybrid SUV CrossBlue Coupe and GAC unveiled its deep hybrid SUV Trumpchi GA5.
Some of the luxury EVs which made their debut in China are the Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive, the Lexus hybrid LF-CC concept car and the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid. Many of the green vehicles on display were developed jointly by foreign and Chinese automakers. For example, the e-Lavida electric sedan was created by VW and its partner SAIC.
“While automakers are making tremendous efforts to develop their technological expertise, a growing level of global collaboration efforts are expected between OEMs, suppliers and other innovative companies to maximize their collective knowledge and resources,” said Thomas McGuckin, auto leader of audit, tax advisory firm PwC Asia Pacific.