Electric Vehicles Dazzle. Show report from the Shanghai Auto Show

By Mark Andrews

South China Morning Post. 22/04/2017

Volkswagen Audi Group shows strength as Mercedes-Benz reveals latest S-Class, while Geely, BYD and Great Wall take the centre stage

The 17th biennial Shanghai Auto Show opened on Wednesday and runs until April 28. In the city’s clover-leafed National Exhibition and Convention Centre, car manufacturers are feeling pretty lucky with 113 world premieres on display. Visitors are not quite so fortunate, thanks to the event’s confusing layout and poor signage.

Volkswagen Audi Group has the strongest showing among the international original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and also reflects the show’s overriding themes: electric vehicles and sport utility vehicles (SUV). Skoda and Volkswagen are showcasing new electric SUV concepts. Vision E is the first fully electric and autonomously driving concept car from the Czech brand, while VW adds an SUV to its ID family of electric concepts. The Audi E-Tron Sportback, on the other hand, is more of a crossover. Closer to production-ready sales are promised for 2019 with a claimed range of about 500km.

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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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