Beijing Auto Show

  • Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury concept

    Mercedes-Maybach's Ultimate Luxury concept was one of the major talking points of this week's 2018 Beijing auto show, though not entirely for positive reasons. The concept blends elements of sedans and SUVs but with results that can best be described as polarizing. While the concept isn't bound for production, some elements could appear on a Maybach version of the next-generation Mercedes-Benz GLS. Mercedes also had the first-ever A-Class sedan on show in Beijing. The version shown, designated an A-Class L, has been developed for the Chinese market but an A-Class sedan is also headed to the...

  • Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess
    VW and Chinese partner launch SOL EV brand in China

    Volkswagen has joined numerous other automakers by offering a China-only brand dedicated to electric cars. On Tuesday, VW introduced the SOL brand for electric vehicles at the 2018 Beijing auto show. The first vehicle from SOL is (shocker) an SUV called the E20X. SOL was born from VW's joint...

  • Hybrid Kinetic H500 concept
    Hybrid Kinetic presents Pininfarina-styled K350 SUV and H500 sedan concepts in Beijing

    Hybrid Kinetic is an electric car startup from China that hopes to enter the luxury arena with a full lineup powered by an extended-range electric powertrain that uses a microturbine as the range extender. The company is working with Pininfarina on the technology for its cars, with the Italian...

  • McLaren 570GT MSO Cabbeen Collection
    McLaren turns to Chinese fashion line Cabbeen for a limited-run 570GT

    McLaren have teamed up with Chinese fashion house Cabbeen to introduce a special limited-run variant of the 570GT. The idea behind the car is to showcase the philosophy "Designed in China, built in the United Kingdom." Just five examples will be built, and the car is being shown to the public at...

  • 2018 Audi Q5L
    Q5L is Audi's first long-wheelbase SUV

    Audi used this week's 2018 Beijing auto show to unveil the Q5L, the automaker's first long-wheelbase SUV. The vehicle will be built and sold exclusively in China where it caters to the market's seemingly endless appetite for chauffeur-driven vehicles. It joins an A4L, A6L and A8L in Audi's...

  • 2018 Jeep Grand Commander
    Jeep Grand Commander debuts at 2018 Beijing auto show

    Jeep's Grand Commander made its debut on Wednesday at the 2018 Beijing auto show. The three-row crossover SUV has been developed exclusively for the Chinese market so won't be sold in the United States. The low approach and departure angles belie Jeep’s off-road credentials, which is probably...

  • MG X-Motion SUV concept

    The 2018 Beijing auto show hosted numerous debuts this week, and MG released its X-Motion SUV concept. The concept vehicle previews a future SUV model. The X-Motion follows last year's MG E-Motion concept, an all-electric sports car concept. MG said Wednesday it aimed to echo the E-Motion's design in what it calls "Emotional Dynamism." We see a lot of Infiniti style in the front fascia and the taillights, in fact, the X-Motion almost looks like a scaled down QX80. MG did not provide many other details with the X-Motion's debut, but a previous report suggested the production model will share...

  • 2016 Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid
    Charging ahead: Volvo wants 50 percent of its cars sold to be electric by 2025

    Volvo said Wednesday that it wants half of its cars to be fully electric by 2025, the next step in its plans for a fully electrified future. The Swedish automaker made its dedication clear at the Beijing auto show this week, where every single car on display was a plug-in hybrid model. Volvo said...

  • Jaguar XJ50 special edition
    Jaguar XJ50 special edition marks model's 50th anniversary

    The Jaguar XJ celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and to mark the occasion, the British luxury brand has introduced a special XJ50 model. The XJ50, revealed on Wednesday at the Beijing auto show, aims to up the aging sedan's elegance with a handful of features to distinguish it from other XJ...

  • 2018 Isdera Commendatore GT
    Isdera Commendatore GT electric gullwing revealed, limited to just 2 cars

    You've probably never heard of Isdera. The company is a niche sports car manufacturer from Germany, and since its founding in the early 1980s has churned out less than a hundred cars, all of them mostly crafted by hand. One of the most famous is the original Commendatore 112i launched in the early...

  • Honda Everus EV concept
    Honda launches Everus brand in China with EV concept

    Honda and its Chinese partner GAC have launched the new brand Everus in China—and the first model will be an electric car previewed by the Everus EV concept unveiled Wednesday at the 2018 Beijing auto show. Honda says the production version of the Everus EV concept will be in Chinese...

  • Aiways RG Nathalie
    Gumpert returns with new Chinese partner, RG Nathalie fuel cell sports car

    German engineer Roland Gumpert is back with a new sports car, and this time it's got a revolutionary electric powertrain. Gumpert is the person behind the legendary Gumpert Apollo line of supercars. After his Gumpert brand ran into financial difficulties earlier this decade, the company was taken...

  • Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury concept

    Mercedes-Maybach on Wednesday revealed its concept for the 2018 Beijing auto show, and as we learned via a leak last week the concept blends elements of a sedan with an SUV. You're probably thinking the premise was a donk for the ultra-rich, but Maybach says its concept, whose full title is Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury, sets out to combine the comfort and elegance of a high-end sedan with the tall ride height and command seating position of an SUV. As the head of design for all Daimler brands Gorden Wagener explains, the concept “combines the DNA of an SUV with that of a...

  • 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class L
    Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan debuts in Beijing

    Mercedes-Benz revealed the new A-Class sedan on Wednesday at the 2018 Beijing auto show. The version shown, known as the A-Class L, has been developed specifically for the Chinese market. An A-Class sedan for the rest of the world will be revealed shortly. It's expected to reach showrooms in the...

  • 2018 BAIC BJ80 6x6 - Image via Autohome
    China's BAIC copies the Mercedes-AMG G63 6x6

    No, this isn't the monster G-Class cooked up by the mad boffins in the Mercedes-AMG engineering department. Instead, this is the copycat result cooked up by Chinese automaker BAIC. BAIC has been selling a clone of the regular Mercedes-Benz G-Class for a number of years, under the name BJ80. But on...

  • Polestar 1
    Polestar 1 flagship coupe priced from $155,000

    The 600-horsepower Polestar 1 plug-in hybrid coupe has been priced from $155,000. Polestar made the announcement on Wednesday at the 2018 Beijing auto show where the Polestar 1 is being shown to a Chinese audience for the first time. The car will also be made in China at Polestar's plant under...

  • BMW Concept iX3
    BMW shows off electric X3 concept with 250-mile range

    BMW will launch an electric version of its X3 in 2020 and we got our first taste on Wednesday in the form of a concept at the 2018 Beijing auto show. The Concept iX3 on show in the Chinese capital hints at some of the subtle styling cues BMW plans for electric versions of its core models, of which...

  • 2019 Lexus ES
    2019 Lexus ES revealed, will likely replace GS

    Lexus on Tuesday unveiled a redesigned ES that's set to rewrite everything that comes to mind when one normally thinks of the popular mid-size luxury sedan, so much so that it may even fill the role of the GS whose sales pale in comparison to the current ES. The new ES reaches showrooms in...

  • Infiniti Q Inspiration concept

    Infiniti on Tuesday announced plans for a new electrified platform that will underpin a series of models due within the next five years, one of which is expected to be a redesigned Q70. Infiniti made the announcement at its preview event for the 2018 Beijing auto show starting Wednesday, where the automaker will formally announce production plans for five models in China including a sedan based on the new electrified platform. The sedan, which Infiniti said will feature a design inspired by the Q Inspiration concept unveiled in January, is expected to be a redesigned Q70. Unfortunately, the...

  • Volvo S90 Ambience concept
    Volvo takes car ambience to the next level with S90 concept

    A relaxing environment is an important aspect for many buyers of luxury cars in China. It's one of the main reasons we've seen automakers introduce novelties such as mood lighting, reclining rear seats, and perfume diffusers in recent years. Volvo is now taking car ambience to the next level with a...

  • Wey-X concept
    China's luxury SUV brand Wey unveils self-driving EV concept

    Wey is the new luxury brand from China's biggest SUV maker Great Wall Motors. Launched in China in 2016, the brand currently sells a trio of SUVs but is keen on expanding this in the future, including in the new fields of electrification and self-driving capability. Wey will use this week's 2018...

  • Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury concept leaked ahead of 2018 Beijing auto show
    Mercedes-Maybach SUV concept leaked ahead of Beijing debut

    The first photos of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury concept have surfaced ahead of next week's debut at the 2018 Beijing auto show. The photos were published early by accident on an official website and give us a clear look at the concept, inside and out. The folks at Maybach weren't...

  • 2019 Buick Velite 6 Electric
    Buick Velite 6 hybrid and electric cars bound for China

    Buick on Wednesday revealed a new electrified car called the Velite 6 that's due to hit the Chinese market this year. It's a follow-up to the Velite 5 extended-range electric sedan Buick launched in China last year, the brand's biggest market. However, unlike the Velite 5, which is really just a...

  • 2019 Lexus ES
    2019 Lexus ES first look

    A redesigned Lexus ES is coming for the 2019 model year and Lexus on Wednesday released the first full photo of the car and confirmed its debut at next week's 2018 Beijing auto show. So far the design of the new ES looks to be a slightly sharper, more athletic take on the current model's themes...

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