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By Mark Andrews

Car Design News. 20/02/2020

How design studios in China are coping with the coronavirus

The Coronavirus continues to have a significant impact on the automotive industry and car design

On a sunny day in Shanghai more people are on the streets and shops are slowly beginning to open. However, underlying figures show that for the city, which is largely the epicentre of the Chinese auto design world, things are far from normal. Despite no new cases in Shanghai and rapidly dropping reported rates nationwide, it is not business as usual. The five day moving average of passengers on the Shanghai subway system up to February 18 was 1.13 million a drop of 90.5% over the same period for a year earlier. Following Monday’s announcement, after much speculation, that the Beijing Motor Show originally scheduled for April was postponed, currently with no new date, what is life like in the design studios across China?

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Mark Andrews has written about everything from Japanese houses to heli hikes on New Zealand glaciers, test drives of Chinese cars to bar and restaurant reviews. He currently specialises in travel articles and reviews of Chinese cars plus articles about the Chinese auto industry.

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