Industry pushes ahead with electrics in China

The automaker is using the Shanghai show for the world premiere of its new electric-vehicle concept I.D. Crozz, which boasts a range of 500km per charge. Customers are steering the other path: First-quarter SUV sales skyrocketed 21 percent from a year previously to 2.4 million, while electric vehicle purchases sank 4.4 percent to simply 55,929.

More than 1,000 companies are taking part in the show with over one million visitors expected after it opens to the public on Friday.

China's automotive market remains the most important in the world for manufacturers, with sales jumping 14.9 percent to 24.38 million passenger cars past year, well beyond the 17.55 million bought by USA drivers.

"The biggest worries for people buying an electric vehicle are lack of convenience for charging and the miserable range most electric cars have", said Zhang Xin, an independent auto industry analyst. They range from family-friendly SUVs to futuristic-looking, premium-priced electric muscle cars from Chinese startups such as NextEV and Qiantu.

China saw double-digit sales growth last year though that is set slow to about five percent this year, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.

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The decision to make its first electric vehicle in China also highlights the central role the country will play in Volvo's electrified future, Volvo said in the statement.

This month, Ford Motor Co. said it will sell an all-electric SUV and a plug-in hybrid Mondeo Energi sedan in China.

Hence the proposal, released in September, calling for electric or gasoline-electric hybrids to make up 8 percent of every automaker's output next year.

Officially MG says that the auto offers "a glimpse of the future" and is a 'next generation vehicle (aiming) to push the boundaries of innovation and technology, while meeting the needs of today's trend-setting auto buyers'. He said the brands plan to roll out a total of 10 new locally produced SUVs over the next two years.

China has also seen great rise in the sales of SUVs which is why most automakers are also showcasing their gas-guzzling SUVs.

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Expect lots of crossovers to make their debuts at Auto China this year, including the Mini John Cooper Works Countryman SE Cooper All4, the high-performance version of the popular crossover from the German-owned British brand.

Foreign brands take a different view of their quality image following a consumer rights show on China Central Television two years ago which accused one foreign manufacturer of selling vehicles with faulty gearboxes and accused others of carrying out unnecessary repairs and replacements.

SHANGHAI (AP) — Volvo Cars, the Chinese-owned Swedish automaker, announced plans Wednesday to manufacture electric cars in China for sale worldwide starting in 2019 amid pressure by Beijing for global auto brands to help develop its fledgling industry in alternatives to gasoline.

Volkswagen VOWG_p.DE plans to have 13 additional NEVs by 2020 based on its current generation of technology, following on plug-in hybrid versions of the Phideon sedan, due to be unveiled later on Tuesday, and the Audi A6L sedan. Koenigsegg joins forces for their Super EV concept; a 310-mile-range, four-door, four-seat supercar.

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