Shanghai auto show: Lincoln unveils 1st gas-electric hybrid

Lynne Hanson
April 20, 2017

In comments that clarified the complicated rules, he stated that a vehicle could be worth numerous credits, with full-electric cars getting more credits than plug-in hybrids.

Jeep is expected to debut a new hybrid concept, what Chinese media are saying will be something between a Grand Cherokee and a Renegade and falls into the NEV category.

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 U.S. drivers.

The company plans to sell one million of its all-electric vehicles a year globally by 2025. Most cars are relatively cheap with limited range.

"Buick is committed to expanding its portfolio of new energy vehicles", a GM statement said.

"This will be a new cooperation on pure battery cars", said Heizmann.

The world's major carmakers are showing their latest new energy cars-some of them concept models-at the ongoing Shanghai auto show, eying up the potential of the world's largest new energy vehicle market.

To encourage foreign automakers to help develop China's electric vehicle industry, regulators have allowed them to form additional joint ventures with local partners on top of the two that are allowed for traditional gasoline-powered vehicles.

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"We're not holding back anything".

China's drive for electric vehicles, driven in part to combat urban smog, has put pressure on Toyota Motor Corp to rethink its earlier scepticism about battery-electric technology.

Volkswagen plans to roll out four new electric vehicles in the next few years, Bloomberg reports, with the company indicating it has made "huge progress" in reducing the production costs of EVs.

Whatever target the government sets, automakers would have little choice but to comply.

Xu Yanhua, deputy secretary-general of the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, forecasts NEV sales this year of 800,000 units, representing year-on-year growth of 60 per cent.

"We are prioritising our electrification efforts in China to reflect its importance as a global electrified vehicle market and to make lives better, simpler and more cost-effective for Chinese consumers", Ford president and chief executive Mark Fields told the China Daily. An 83-kWh lithium-ion battery is located under the floor, and two electric motors-one at each axle-are contained within the front and rear subframes.

Once the vehicle is ready to move, passengers are greeted with a 360-degree light show where glass VW badges at the front and rear hatch light up in the brand's traditional blue and white. VW said in January the first VW-JAC auto could be produced next year. It is a compact sedan programmed for a production in 2020 whose template and tariffs should be close to the current Golf diesel engine. The concept offers the same amount of interior space as a 2018 Tiguan SUV while being 3 inches shorter, 1.9 inches lower, and 2.2 inches wider.

Beijing also is steadily tightening fuel efficiency and emissions standards, which Heizmann said are on track to become the world's most stringent.

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