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Toyota unveils PHEV versions of Corolla and Levin to be sold only in China

China is considered as the largest auto market in the world, and Japanese carmaker Toyota Motor Corporation isn't letting go of title. Aside from its conventionally powered products, Toyota is accelerating its China-based vehicle electrification efforts by launching 10 new electrified vehicles in the country by the end of the decade.

Leading the charge for Toyota are the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) versions of the Corolla and Levin passenger cars in 2019. To show its commitment, Toyota unveiled the Corolla PHEV and the Levin PHEV at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show. According to the carmaker, both the Corolla PHEV and the Levin PHEV expected to achieve an electric driving range of 50 km or farther. Production of these two new PHEV models is seen to commence in China in 2019.

Toyota launched the conventional hybrid variants of the Corolla and Levin in 2017, with production done domestically. The carmaker – through its local partners – intends to do same with the Corolla PHEV and the Levin PHEV, as it aims to achieve locally based vehicle electrification.

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Geely Auto unveils boxy yet futuristic Concept Icon at 2018 Beijing Motor Show

Geely Auto Group, the Chinese carmaker that also owns Volvo Cars, has unveiled to the global public the new Geely Concept Icon at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show (Auto China 2018). A new futuristic concept car, the new Geely Concept Icon explores the extent that the Chinese carmaker could stretch its design DNA to deliver a distinctive offering for its customers in the future.

The carmaker designed the Concept Icon through the use of a simple yet refined design language which focuses on two guiding stars: “high tech” and “inspiring.” Its development was done at Geely Design’s studio in Shanghai. The project – led by Guy Burgoyne, the center’s design chief and Vice President of Geely Design China – was meant to see how Geely’s DNA could explore new territories by considering the needs and wants of the next-generation customers.

To create the new Geely Concept Icon, designers had to ponder the definitions of an “icon” and fused all of the answers into the carmaker’s mobility solution, Burgoyne said. He added that the new concept car needed to visually look like an icon.

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Lexus unveils seventh-generation ES premium midsize luxury sedan at Beijing Motor Show

The seventh generation of the Lexus ES premium sedan (2019 model year) has just been unveiled at the 2018 Auto China (Beijing Motor Show), boasting a more dynamic performance, an all-new exterior design as well as a comfortable and luxurious interior.

Essentially, the 2019 Lexus ES owes its latest evolved character to the all-new Global Architecture-K (GA-K) platform. Compared to its predecessor, the all-new ES is longer by 2.6 inches, lower by 0.2 inches, and wider by 1.8 inches. Its wheelbase is longer by 2 inches while its tracks are wider both on the front (by 0.4 inches) and the rear (by 1.5 inches). The Global Architecture-K chassis is a rigid front-wheel drive chassis that makes use of various grades of high-tensile steel to save weight. It features enhancements like an all-new double wishbone suspension design, rack-mounted electric power steering and a V-brace mounted behind the rear seat.

This new platform allowed the new ES to feature a dynamic yet fluid shape, as well as a characteristic silhouette highlighted by an aggressive downward slant. Thanks to its lower height and its fast roofline, the new ES offers a coupe-like profile, a lower and wind-cheating aerodynamics. Up front, the ES features a larger spindle with vertical bars on the ES 350 and the ES 350h, or a blacked out cross-hatch pattern on the ES 350 F SPORT.

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Volvo S90 Ambience Concept is the answer for those who want next-level comfort and luxury

Many of us are excited for the upcoming 2018 Beijing Motor Show. But one of the models we are particularly thrilled to witness is a concept based on the Volvo S90, its flagship sedan. The show car first came to life as the three seater Excellence version. But the model had gone through a number of changes on the inside to make the ride experience even more enjoyable for rear seated passengers.

Included in the model highlights would be the headliner on which various visual elements are displayed based on the passenger’s preferred theme. This varies from the Northern Lights, Archipelago, Swan Lake, to the Scandinavian Forest. Aside from the themes mentioned, the S90 Ambience Concept also features what they call a Nocturnal mode, which can be turned on when the passenger wants to rest. In contrary to that, there is also a “Freedom” mode that will give you a boost and lifts your energy. But that’s only if you want to be woken up.

Inside the cabin, the Volvo S90 Ambience has been equipped with the Bowers and Wilkins sound system. Therefore, the dynamic ceiling makes use of the aforementioned sound system. Each theme can be selected with the use of dedicated smartphone app, which can personalise the aural experience. The high end audio system has also an ace up its sleeve as it comes with small tweeters embedded into the headrests.

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For the longest time, the Skoda Yeti was the only crossover model that the automaker offered to the market. However, that particular model did not really live up to its body style because it became known as an eccentric but adorable tall and rugged hatchback. After the Yeti, Skoda decided to offer a much larger seven-passenger Kodiaq that came in the second half of 2016.

This was then followed by the smaller five seat only Karoq in 2017, which was meant to replace the Yeti. In 2018, Skoda finally decided to add the Kamiq into their portfolio. However, the said model will only be exclusively sold in China, unlike its older siblings that were made available all over the world.

Without having to mention this, the city oriented crossover will be positioned just below the Karoq that we mentioned earlier. This also rounds off Skoda’s three model crossover lineup that is being offered in China. When it comes to the design elements, there isn’t much for us to say because it looks pretty similar to the other two “K” models. However, one thing that you would notice is that the headlights have a different layout, and the main ones are significantly larger too.

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Mercedes-Benz is showing some love for the automotive customers in China by unveiling the long-wheelbase version of the A-Class at Auto China 2018, also known as the Beijing Motor Show. The very first A-Class L will be exclusively produced in China, with sales to commence in the country and in other parts of the world in the second half of the year.

While the fourth generation of the A-Class bound for Western Europe next month is the hatchback, the A-Class unveiled at Beijing is a notchback, and Mercedes-Benz is officially calling this compact car the A-Class L Sedan, with the “L” suffix referring to its long-wheelbase character.

This is because the wheelbase of the A-Class L Sedan (at 2,789 mm) is around 60 mm longer than that of the A-Class hatchback (at 2,729 mm), offering more knee room for rear passengers. In terms of dimensions, the new A-Class L Sedan measures 4,609 in length, 1,796 mm in width and 1,460 mm in height. It offers up to 420 liters of boot space.

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In the past couple of months, we have been seeing spy photos of the Nissan Terra, and finally, it is time to see the first official images of Nissan’s Navarra based SUV. The prototype is scheduled to make its debut at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show that will take place in April. And we are not surprised as to why the People’s Republic will host the worldwide unveiling of the said model. That is because the Nissan Terra will be first sold in the Chinese market, beginning in spring this year.

As for the exterior, the Nissan Terra has not changed that much, as most of the design elements of the pickup truck have been carried over. Similar with the interior, it doesn’t get many upgrades compared to its predecessor, so both models look very similar.

Having said that, the automaker wants to make it clear that the 2018 Terra is focused more on the company’s midterm plan which we know as the “Nissan MOVE to 2022”, while focusing on an array of frame and LCV models.

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During the 2016 Beijing Motor Show, Audi finally launched its latest Connected Mobility Concept based on the Q3, which comes with smartphone integration. But guess what, it also gets an electric longboard in the rear bumper. The longboard primarily serves as an alternative mode of transportation, making mobility more creative and convenient.

The Q3 Connected Mobility Concept basically looks like the Q3 crossover— both exterior and interior. No modifications have been employed aside from the enhanced connectivity and mobility. Through the Audi MMI connect app, the Q3-compact-crossover-inspired concept can be synced to a smartphone calendar, enabling the vehicle to know where the driver is going. In addition, it can also be linked to the vehicle’s infotainment system. Moreover, the concept can determine the fastest routes. When the fastest route no longer needs the vehicle, the driver can easily hop on the longboard and scoot the rest of the way after the app has found a perfect parking spot for the Audi.

The 3.44-feet electric longboard can run up to 7.40 miles and accelerate up to 18 mph on a single charge-up. Moreover, the scooter has a spot for the smartphone on the handlebars to make it more convenient for the user to access the Audi MMI connect app. When not in use, the electric long board can be placed back at its rear bumper storage tray, where it automatically recharges.

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DS Automobiles has unveiled its latest exclusive offering for customers in China at the 2016 Beijing Motor Show – the new DS 4S premium hatchback. This car represents the brand’s latest offensive in the Chinese compact car segment, hoping that the France-designed, China-built DS 4S would kick off a strong sales momentum.

The 2016 Beijing Motor Show serves as the perfect venue for DS Automobiles to unveil the new DS 4S, which should further demonstrates the refinement, comfort and dynamism typical of DS branded vehicles. It completes the brand’s range currently available in China, which already includes the DS 5 hatchback, the DS 5 LS three-box saloon and the DS 6 SUV – allowing it to fulfil the expectations of Chinese drivers.

Moreover, DS Automobiles wants to use the 2016 Beijing Motor Show as a venue to underscore its strong commitment to the Formula E Championship, displaying the DSV-01 electric single-seater raced by the DS Virgin Racing team. The DS 4S on display at the 2016 Beijing Motor Show will be wrapped in Dark Fire red body paint along with DS 6, DS 5LS, and a DS 5 finished in an exclusive Matt Gold paint.

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Audi is introducing its latest road machines at the Beijing Motor Show – the highly potent Audi TT RS Coupé and Audi TT RS Roadster. These newest iterations of the Audi TT RS Coupé and the Audi TT TS Roadster are powered by a new aluminum five-cylinder engine that provides up to 400 hp, or around 60 hp more than their predecessor.

This power plant in focus is the 2.5 TFSI five-cylinder that boasts of higher power output and performance despite the unchanged capacity of 2,480 cc. This power plant – named “Engine of the Year” six consecutive times – is now of lightweight construction and features lower internal friction and higher power delivery.

This allowed the engine to deliver 17-percent more output than its predecessor while developing up to 480 Nm (354.0 lb.-ft.) of torque available between 1,700 and 5,850 rpm. With these specs, this five-cylinder turbo engine allows the TT RS Coupé to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds, while the Roadster can reach this speed in 3.9 seconds. Top speed is restricted at 250 km/h (155.3 mph), but could be adjusted to 280 km/h (173.9 mph) upon request.

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Hyundai Motor Co. has unveiled its ix25 small-sized SUV concept at the 2014 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition. The ix25 represents another strategic pillar for Hyundai in China with the production version set to arrive in the country later this year. The small-sized SUV concept previews a premium look derived from Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design philosophy.

The concept measures 4,270mm in length, 1,780mm in width and 1,630mm in height with 2,590mm in wheelbase. Hyundai is aiming the ix25 particularly at young buyers who are looking to combine style and practicality. The South Korean carmaker is already planning various marketing activities to appeal to its target market.

The launch of the Nu 2.0 engine-powered ix25 in the second half of 2014 will complete Hyundai’s SUV line-up in China -- ix25, ix35, Santa Fe to Grand Santa Fe – as the carmaker targets to dominate the country’s growing SUV market. Hyundai said that the “i” in ix25 represents the ‘inspiring, intelligent and innovative’ characteristics of the young generation.

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Land Rover has unveiled its Range Rover Hybrid Long Wheelbase at the 2014 Beijing auto show. The vehicle is touted to offer an excellent combination of premium luxury, interior space, outstanding fuel and emission numbers as well as Range Rover’s trademarked all-around capability. The Range Rover Hybrid Long Wheelbase, along with the Range Rover Sport Hybrid, will the first diesel hybrid model to be offered in China.

The Range Rover Hybrid Long Wheelbase cements Range Rover’s reputation as one of the most successful premium vehicle ranges in the world – as proven by over 100 awards accolades received by the new Range Rover and Range Rover Sport in the past 18 months.

The derivative will benefit from the insights that Land Rover learning from its Silk Trail expedition last year, when a fleet of hybrids travelled 16,000 km from Solihull, United Kingdom to Mumbai, India – proving their durability and all-terrain capability. The hybrids were then stripped down and examined by Land Rover engineers to improve understanding of how their designs and technologies could be further fine-tuned.

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Back in March the new-generation Chevrolet Cruze was caught undisguised but today the new vehicle was officially introduced at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show a.k.a. Auto China 2014. According to the official press release, the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze was developed by GM's global R&D team and the goal was to set new benchmarks in the segment in terms of fuel economy, handling and intelligent technology.

The 2015 Cruze is inspired by the Chevrolet Tru Concept, which was unveiled at the Auto China 2012, and comes with coupe-like flowing lines that support enhanced aerodynamics. The front end features a dual-mesh grille that extends to the stylish headlights, LED daytime running lights and new hood that shows aggressive design lines. From the side, we observe the chrome-plated trim that stretches from the outside rearview mirrors to the rear seat windows.

Under the hood, there is a new-generation Ecotec small-displacement engine co-developed by GM and SAIC. 2015 Cruze offers a segment’s first 1.4L mid-mounted direct injection turbocharged engine or the first 1.5L mid-mounted naturally aspirated engine.

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Mercedes-Benz officially unveiled at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show the all-new Concept Coupe SUV, its answer to the BMW X6. Dubbed MLC in its production form, the Concept Coupe SUV is based on the M-Class and is set to go into production in the second half of 2015. As you can see from the photos, the new concept SUV from Mercedes-Benz shares little with the M-Class and comes with a prominent front grille fitted with the three-pointed star logo and with stylish LED headlights inspired by those seen on the smaller CLA.

Viewed from the side, the Concept Coupe SUV features the Mercedes-Benz so-called ‘dropping line’, just like the other vehicles found in company’s lineup. For those who don’t know, this ‘dropping line’ was introduced by the second-generation CLS. At the rear, everything is new and the Concept Coupe SUV follows the same design lines seen on the S-Class Coupe such as a rear window rounded off at the top and slim taillights.

The concept car is 4935 mm long, has a width of 2044 mm and a height of 1739 mm. It is believed that the production version will retain these figures. As a result, the upcoming SUV will be 58 mm longer, 61 mm wider and 49 mm higher than the BMW X6. The Concept Coupé SUV is painted in the "ALU-BEAM" paint finish, which is also reminiscent of the technically ground-breaking Silver Arrows of the 1930s and 1950s.

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Besides the Citroen DS 6WR, Citroen also brought the C-XR Concept at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show a.k.a. Auto China 2014. This new concept car is a contemporary take on the SUV and previews the first SUV developed by the joint venture between Citroen and Dongfeng Motor Group.

The new Citroen CX-R Concept design is highlighted by the wide chrome-finished grille that links the chevrons to the headlamps, LED daytime running lights, headlamps that feature a double module and indicators, a C-shaped side signature that provides a visual link between the roof bars and chrome-finished waistline and 3D-effect rear lights as well as chrome-finished dual tailpipes.

Moreover, the Citroen C-XR Concept has large 17-inch wheels but also a raised ground clearance in order to offer optimum comfort and safety. In addition, the concept’s off-road capabilities are highlighted with the front and rear fairing and wheel arch embellishers, as well as by the red side décor and wing-mirror housings.

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At the 2014 New York Auto Show, MINI introduced the 2015 Countryman Facelift, but today at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show the British company owned by the BMW Group brought the 2015 Paceman Facelift. Just like its four-door brother, the 2015 Paceman receives a number of minor exterior styling updates such as a redesigned grille, new alloy wheels, as well as optional headlamps with LED function for the daytime running lamps and fog lamps.

Two exterior paint finishes were added for the 2015MY: Jungle Green Metallic and Midnight Grey Metallic. The interior was also improved with new anthracite coloured instruments and chrome applications, as well as newly designed chrome applications for the ventilation controls. MINI Center Rail storage system is offered as standard, just like the sport seats for driver and front passengers.

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As it promised, Lamborghini brought at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show a.k.a. Auto China 2014 the Aventador in the special Ad Personam configuration Nazionale. As you can see from the photos, the Aventador Nazionale is offered as coupe version and comes with a dedicated color and trim composed by light exterior colors in combination with the Italian flag.

The vehicle unveiled in Beijing has a Bianco Opalis exterior color, while the painted Italian flag livery runs as a stripe from the front bonnet over the roof and parts of the engine bonnet, all the way to the rear wing. Inside, the flag continues as a leather stripe on the central part of the roof and rear bench.

Moreover, the interior is characterized by the highly exclusive Ad Personam configuration that combines the Nero Ade and Blu Cepheus colors. The sport seats come with the Q-citura stitching and a small Italian flag embroidered on their upper part, while the embroidered Ad Personam logo is located on the upper door panel inserts.

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Kia Motors Corp. is celebrating the global debut of its all-new mid-sized K4 concept sedan at the 2014 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition. Kia designed and developed the mid-sized K4 concept sedan with Chinese consumers in consideration. Its beautiful exterior – marked by a low nose, high trunk and wedge-shaped profile – is simple yet dignified while its spacious interior is laden with an array of high-tech convenience and safety features.

Kia designed the new K4 concept to offer an exciting drive and strong performance as made possible by the 1.6-liter Turbo GDI engine, the first time that this mill is unveiled in China. This engine is paired to the seven-speed DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) that delivers fast and smooth gear shifts.

With a length of 4.72 meters and a long wheelbase of 2,700 mm, the new Kia K4 concept is able to offer an excellent interior space, as also made possible by skillful packaging and complemented by best-in-class convenience features like the carmaker’s UVO infotainment system, push button engine start system and a Supervision instrument cluster.

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Much like the PEUGEOT EXALT concept car, the new PEUGEOT 408 will display the new styling cues of the brand for the first time. In the center of the grille, one is likely to see the lion which for PEUGEOT is an important sign of membership and pride. Through this new offering, the brand will be able to renew its offering in the upper C segment in China, a segment that is both highly competitive and buoyant and represents around 1.4 million vehicles.

This is in addition to the 301 and 508 sedans as well as the 2008 and the 3008 SUVs. PEUGEOT revealed that 408 customers in China are those that like to live in an urban setting and are typically thirty years of age. These are also people that have strong enthusiasm for technology and are upwardly mobile both professionally and socially. Further, 70% of these customers will be purchasing a new vehicle for the first time.

While this future flagship model of the brand does have that dynamic style, it also has other qualities that allow it to attain the ambitious objectives as it relates to image and volume. The brand expects that when it comes to the level of technology and equipment, this new model is sure to reach high standards within the segment. This latest model from the brand will utilize for the first time the EMP2 platform and as another first, to be built in China.

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The all-new 2015 Ford Escort was officially revealed at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show a.k.a. Auto China 2014, as the American carmaker decided to revive one of its most famous nameplate. The 2015 Escort has been designed for the Chinese customers this time, as it is part of the company’s plan to introduce 15 new models in China by 2015.

Looking almost identical with the Escort Concept that was unveiled back in 2013 in Shanghai, the 2015 Ford Escort is built on Ford’s C-car platform. The new Escort will join the Ford Focus in order to provide more choices for consumers in China's compact car segment, which is expected to grow to 7.2 million vehicles by 2017, which means bigger than the total auto market in Germany, the U.K. and France combined.

The front end of the vehicle comes with elongated, jeweled headlamps and a stylish inverted trapezoidal grille. From the side, we observe that the designers pushed back the A-pillar in order to create more athletic proportions. At the rear we find taillights that echo the headlamp design. Inside, the 2015 Escort features premium materials, enough room for the rear passengers and design elements “borrowed” from luxury vehicles.

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