(Yicai Global) April 12 -- Chinese vehicle manufacturer BYD’s mini EV the Seagull and German carmaker Volkswagen’s much anticipated ID.7 are among the more than 100 new vehicle models that will make their first appearance on the world stage at the 20th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition later this month.
BYD is also bringing its latest sport utility vehicles Yangwang U8 and Denza N7, Chongqing Changan Automobile will unveil its Deepal S7 and Haval Xiaolong Max and Geely Auto’s pure electric L7, the first model from its Geely Galaxy brand, will go on show at the event which kicks off on April 18 and is attracting some 1,000 carmakers and parts manufacturers from 20 countries and regions.
Foreign marques will have a strong presence. Mercedez Benz will debut its concept car the EQG and is also bringing its all-electric SUV EQE. Rolls-Royce will be there with its luxury electric car the Spectre and Volvo Group will exhibit the EX90.
The car show will spur auto consumption and could boost a weak passenger vehicle market, Zheshang Securities said in a research note. The successive launch of a number of new energy-powered autos will help maintain the rapid development of the NEV sector.
“We'll see a lot of new car models unveiled by Chinese automakers and most of them will be electric vehicles,” said Stephen Dyer, head of US management consultancy firm AlixPartners’ Asia automotive practice. "Global automakers seem to be bringing more gasoline-powered engines. I also expect to see a lot of advanced driver assistance systems and self-driving tech."
Parts suppliers such as Valeo, Webasto and Forvia will take part. Even EV battery giant Contemporary Amperex Technology, which has been absent the last few years, will attend this year and introduce its zero-carbon strategy and condensed matter batteries.
Editor: Kim Taylor