The 2010 Beijing Automotive Exhibition kicked off April 23rd, and completed May 2nd. The theme of the spectacular automotive event was “Imagine the Green Future.” Auto makers from around the world brought their best contributions to the biennial party with the intent of becoming players in the Chinese auto market which has grown to be the largest.China made 13.79 million cars in 2009 while sales hit 13.64 million vehicles in the domestic market, up by over 40%.
The event was hugely successful, drawing more visitors than ever before, approximately over 800,000 visitors. Automotive enthusiasts and press members descended on Beijing to see the first revealing of 65 concept vehicles and 89 new models. There were 990 exhibits from 16 countries and regions, according to the Expo’s organizing committee.
Highlights from the Beijing Auto Show were many, but a few exhibits grabbed the attention of the crowd. Below are five highlights of from the2010 Beijing Automotive Exhibition
The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG was a show stopper. The vehicle will replace the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. Mecedes acknowledges that the vehicle also is a design descendant of the classic 300SL Gullwing. Benz SLS AMG includes the familiar gull-wing doors. There will be various models of the SLS AMG produced, along with the 6208cc v8 version there will also be an SLS-e produced which will use electric powertrain components.
The Chinese Carmaker Geely was at front and center at the show because they signed a deal with Ford to acquire Volvo Cars for $1.8 billion on March 28, 2010 and is expected to close the deal by the third quarter of 2010. Geely will be the first Chinese car maker to take make inroads into the Western / U.S. Markets. The vehicle Geeley showcased at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition was the GS or (Geely Star). The car is geared towards the Chnese hybrid sports market, but is clearly a vehicle that could be a prelude to western endeavors. The uniquely styled grille reminiscent of eagle feathers and wings might need a redesign for mainstream international popularity.
The BMW Visionis another vehicle that garnered attention, although it is not a new vehicle on the auto show circuit. The captivating styling aesthetics of the Vison were it’s draw. The vehicle features familiar BMW looks, for instance it is outfitted with slender and aggressive halo head lights and wide grill, but after that, the vehicle takes on an image of it’s own from front to rear. The vehicle is a hybrid which can be plugged in and travel 31miles on electricity alone, which is modest, because BMW decided not to sacrifice usual BMW performance because of efficiency. The Visions electric engines deliver139 horsepower and produce acceleration up to 62 miles per hour in 4.8 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155 miles per hour. What a powerful green concept!
The Porsche 911 GT3 R was a notable attraction, although it too has been featured at other auto exhibits, and was initially released at the Geneva Motor Show. As described by the Porsche press release “The innovative hybrid technology featured in the car has been developed especially for racing, standing out significantly in its configuration and components from conventional hybrid systems. In this case, electrical front axle drive with two electric motors developing 60 kW each supplements the 480-bhp four-litre flat-six at the rear of the 911 GT3 R Hybrid”. It’s a good sign that designers of performance vehicles are striving to provide a great driving experience from electric technology. Future advances might allow electric vehicles to serve the needs of those who what racing performance as well as a dependable home to work vehicle.
French Auto Maker Peugeot showed off it’s modern car designs in dramatic fashion. At the Beijing Motor Show the unleashed a fierce new brand image. Peugeot exhibited two concept cars and 15 vehicles total.
Peugeot decided as many of the performance car makers did, to not neglect driving pleasure while meeting new environmental goals. The Peugeot 5 Concept car is Powered by Peugeot’s HYbrid4 technology. The electric performance geared powertrain delivers 200 hp. The vehicle is loaded with four-wheel drive for excellent luxury control and handling. The 5 produces CO2 emissions of 99 g/km or zero in electric mode.
Another highlight from Peugot was the the SR1 concept car. It’s swept dynamically curved styling has been described as athletic and sensual. The interior combines vintage analog car features with modern technology in a perfectly blending and visually pleasing layout. The SR1’s also delivers over 300hp emitting only 119 g of CO2, and has four-wheel drive and four-wheel steering. Wow!
Peugot in all aspects delivered most substantially at the 2010 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition. Peugeot has positioned itself as a ground breaker in green technology, as a leader in the booming Chinese / Asian market, and as an innovative car maker to follow on the world automotive market.
Beijing delivered a great show. Everyone who had the opportunity to attend is no-doubt looking forward to what will be on display in Beijing in two years.