Highlights of the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition included numerous eco-friendly vehicles, but there was no lack of luxury cars.
Chevy Volt MPV5- Eco-Friendly Family Concept Car
The Chevrolet Volt MPV5 is a concept vehicle that seats 5. As an electric/gas hybrid, the MPV5’s estimated all-electric range is 35 miles before it switches to the gas generator for another 300 miles. While this is a bit less than the 40 miles the production Chevrolet Volt gets on electricity, not only does the Volt MPV5 seat 5 but it also features 30 cubic feet of space behind the second row of seats, increasing to 63 cubic feet when the seats are folded. With its roomy interior, the Chevrolet Volt MPV5 may represent the eco-friendly family car of the future.
Ford Start- Elegant Micro-Car
At only 145 inches in length, this micro-car is a concept design for Asia’s urban markets. The 1.0 liter 3-cylinder Eco Boost power plant delivers the power of a normal 1.6 liter 4-cylinder through direct injection and turbocharging. According to Freeman Thomas, head of Ford’s advanced concept designs, the designers wanted to mix high strength steel, aluminum and composites in a beautiful form. The result? An airy cockpit with excellent visibility and a high belt line providing the occupants with a feeling of safety. Watch the official video here.
Lamborghini Murciélago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce China Limited Edition- For Sports Car Collectors Only
This is not a concept car, but that doesn’t make it much more available. Limited to ten numbered editions, this super sports car weighs 100kg (220 lbs) and has a 670 hp 6.5 V12 engine that accelerates to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds. Distinguished by an orange stripe intended to symbolize the power of an erupting volcano, the top speed is 342 km/h (212 mph). Just to ensure that feeling of exclusivity, each model will come with a numbered badge with the owner’s name. Doubtless the price will help with that feeling of exclusivity too, as the units of the original 350-car run of the LP 670-4 SuperVeloce cost $450,000 apiece.
First Auto Works Red Flag Executive Car- Retro Soviet Parade Car
Do you prefer your vehicular ostentation from the other side of the fallen Iron Curtain? FAW has been the official supplier of high-level government transportation in China since the 1950s. The FAW Red Flag limo is a modern re-visioning of those Soviet parade car models with no small resemblance to the Rolls-Royce Phantom. Rumor has it that there is a V12 engine under that hood.
BMW Megacity- Confirmed for 2013
One of the highlights of the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition of 2010 was the confirmation of the release of the BMW Megacity in 2013. The much-anticipated Megacity electric car is intended to be the first mass-produced vehicle with a structure primarily made of carbon fiber and will be good to go for 160 miles on a single electric charge. 20 percent of that stunning range is due to a regenerative braking system. BMW claims that the battery of the Megacity will still function at 85 percent of its original capacity after the car’s lifespan, giving it a nontrivial resale value. The Megacity will be a zero-emissions vehicle.