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Mercedes-Benz to Showcase Six Vehicles at the Auto Guangzhou

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Mercedes-Benz officially revealed that it is scheduled to unveil six vehicles at the Auto Guangzhou in China on November 22, 2019. Highlighting the bunch is the much-anticipated Mercedes-Maybach GLS ultra-luxury sport utility vehicle.

According to the Daimler Global Media Site, the company will be showcasing six vehicles in the event. The models include the new Mercedes-Maybach SUV, the Mercedes-Benz GLB, Mercedes-Benz GLS, Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS, Denza X, and Mercedes-AMG A35 L.

It should be noted that the GLB, GLS and the EQS concept are no longer new to us, but their arrival in the show will signal their roll out in Chinese dealerships soon. However, what we will be seeing for the first time is the Mercedes-Maybach SUV, the Denza X, and the Mercedes-AMG A35 L.

Mercedes-Maybach GLS

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Basically, the Mercedes-Maybach SUV is based on the Mercedes-Benz GLS. The Mercedes-Maybach variant stands out from the regular Mercedes-Benz model though with its more spacious interior, more advanced tech, more comfort features, and Maybach accessories plus badges in and out. The auto is rumored to get a 4.0-liter V8 with a mild-hybrid setup that should allow it to produce at least 483 hp similar to the Mercedes-Benz GLE 580.

Denza X

Denza X is an electric vehicle that comes from the partnership between Daimler and BYD. The EV was developed by the China Advance Design Center. We don’t know yet how much Mercedes is present in the vehicle since information about it is very scarce as of now, but its makers confirmed that it will come with a plug-in hybrid version and all-electric-powered variant.

Mercedes-AMG A35 L

The Mercedes-AMG A35 L is another China-exclusive model. In a nutshell, everything about it is all too similar to the Mercedes-AMG A35 but with some tweaks in the wheelbase so it could offer more space at the back for Chinese owners who prefer to be chauffeured most of the time. Powering the car is a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine with 306 hp.

2020 Porsche Taycan EV To Drop Officially On September 4

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The 2020 Porsche Taycan EV will make its official debut on September 4, the company said. It will be revealed at 9 a.m. EST in three simultaneous locations in Canada, China, and Porsche’s native Germany. So, mark your calendars because the global debut will be live-streamed on the company’s dedicated online TV microsite.

The debut in China shows just how much Porsche wants to take a piece of the pie that is the Chinese market.

The first concept of the Porsche Taycan EV was aptly called the Porsche Mission E. Back then, the concept already revealed that the new electric car will have an 800-volt electric system that will allow for super-fast charging. This was a massive investment for Porsche.

It remains to be seen whether this concept’s features will pass on to the production form. The concept promised about 250 miles of range in only 15 minutes of charging. Porsche also said the car will have a driving range of more than 300 miles. The Tesla Model S has the current longest-range version of 370 miles.

According to the company, the Taycan EV can make 600 horsepower and get from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.5 seconds. If you want to take the Taycan, which translates to “lively young horse” in reference to the center of the Porsche crest, to the race track and make repeated hot laps, the electric sedan can still sustain its performance numbers.

This claim was proven by a video on YouTube, which, in just 17 minutes showed the all-wheel-drive Taycan getting from 0 to 124 mph 26 times in a row. The result showed that the fastest and slowest times were only off by 0.8 seconds.

The debut of the Porsche Taycan should give us an idea of how the company envisions the future of electric cars to be.

Mercedes-Benz GLB Concept and Mercedes-AMG A35 L 4MATIC Launched in China

Mercedes-Benz Cars auf der Auto Shanghai 2019: Zahlreiche Premieren auf der 18. Auto Shanghai Mercedes-Benz Cars at Auto Shanghai 2019: A Plethora of Premieres at the 18th Auto Shanghai

Mercedes-Benz stole the show again at the Shanghai Auto Show this year. The German automaker unveiled the new Mercedes-Benz GLB Concept sport utility vehicle and the Mercedes-AMG A35 L. Six other vehicles from the company also marked their entry into the Chinese market.

Mercedes-Benz GLB Concept

Mercedes-Benz Cars auf der Auto Shanghai 2019: Zahlreiche Premieren auf der 18. Auto Shanghai Mercedes-Benz Cars at Auto Shanghai 2019: A Plethora of Premieres at the 18th Auto Shanghai

The concept vehicle for the Mercedes-Benz GLB showcases a muscular compact SUV with a long wheelbase measuring 2,829 millimeters. The auto features clean surfaces that use minimal body lines and with curvaceous corners.

The vehicle is highlighted by its white magno paint finish with high-gloss black accents. The exterior features headlights with Multibeam LED technology, front grille with orange highlights, roof rails, roof box at the rear, roof lights, chrome underguard with large air intakes, and set 17-inch wheels.

Inside, the GLB can carry up to seven occupants. The middle row can be adjusted to free more legroom for either middle or rear passengers; whichever needs more space.

The Concept GLB is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine with 224 hp and 350 Nm of torque. All that power is distributed to an all-wheel-drive system via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Mercedes-AMG A35 L 4MATIC

Mercedes-Benz Cars auf der Auto Shanghai 2019: Zahlreiche Premieren auf der 18. Auto Shanghai Mercedes-Benz Cars at Auto Shanghai 2019: A Plethora of Premieres at the 18th Auto Shanghai

The Chinese market exclusive Mercedes-AMG A35 L 4MATIC is very much like the Mercedes-AMG A35 Sedan. The AMG A35 L only has a longer wheelbase as indicated by the “L” in its name. The AMG A35 L is longer by 60 mm in terms of wheelbase size compared to its AMG A35 Sedan brother.

The extra wheelbase size gives the rear passenger of the AMG A35 L more legroom. Meanwhile, its cockpit gets the same treatment found in the AMG A35 Sedan model such as the twin widescreen displays, sporty steering wheel, turbine-looking air vents and the MBUX multimedia system that can be operated via voice commands.

Beneath the hood of the AMG A35 4MATIC lies a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with exhaust gas turbocharger. It produces 306 hp and 400 Nm of torque distributed to all four wheels via a seven-speed automatic transmission.

The AMG A35 L can go from 0-100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds while its top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h.

Volkswagen Turns Jetta Into a Separate Brand in China

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Capitalizing on the success of the Jetta range in China, Volkswagen has decided to transform it into a separate company within the giant Asian country. The plans for the spin-off Jetta brand was announced by the German automaker last week.

According to Volkswagen, the Jetta brand will focus on making cars for China. It will be launched as a joint venture with First Auto Works, which happens to be a state-owned Chinese car company.

Upon launch, Jetta will be offering in its dealerships its existing sedan and two SUV models. There are speculations that the models might come as electric vehicles, and the predictions are not far-fetched considering the strong push of the Chinese government for car companies to gradually shift to “zero emission” or “new energy” products.

Analysts laud the bold decision of Volkswagen calling it a “very smart strategic move”. Alysha Webb, an LA-based journalist told The Verge that the Jetta has a long standing history in China as a dependable car. Therefore, taking VW’s best-selling model and making it adapt into the Chinese market under a separate nameplate will significantly help expand the company’s reach. Meanwhile, Jurgen Stackmann, VW’s board member and in charge of sales, likened the Jetta to the Beetle in the way that it brought mobility to the masses.

So far, details about the arrival of the new models for the new Jetta brand are scarce. All we know is that the new joint venture aims to reach out to more customers through “innovative sales formats” like digital showrooms and mobile sales trucks. Jetta will also have its own network of dealerships in China.

We don’t know yet whether the vehicles that will be produced under the Jetta brand will be sold outside China or not.

3 Important Things You Should Know About The 2019 Skoda Kodiaq GT

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The 2019 Skoda Kodiaq GT will be exclusive to the Chinese market but it’s worth taking note what the Czech company changed to make this a perfect fit for the auto industry’s largest market.

The Kodiaq GT is destined to be the brand’s flagship product in China but even with the GT badge, it produces a measly 217 horsepower, which is really enough for Beijing’s uber congested highways. So far, all of Skoda’s releases in China have been SUVs—the Kamiq, Karoq, Kodiaq, and Kodiaq GT.

1. Exterior

The Kodiaq GT is, of course, based on the standard Kodiaq. There are a few noticeable changes on the body, though—a wider bonnet and a split, 12-slat, blackframed grille with chrome-plated dual ribs. The LED headlights and LED daytime running lights use the same unit while the fog lamps are placed higher than the conventional setting.

The roofline has a steep slope at the back, which might be a problem for the headroom inside the cabin. There’s also a prominent crease that runs from the headlight to the taillight while the side skirts are dressed in black plastic. The Kodiaq GT has a dynamic side profile, thanks to the merging of the roofline and the flat tailgate.

2. Interior

Inside, the cabin is dominated by the waterfall center console fitted with knobs and buttons that the driver can reach easily. The “Virtual Cockpit” is fully customizable, Skoda said, and the car will always be connected, thanks to a slew of connectivity features such as Wi-Fi access, Apple CarPlay, MirrorLink, Baidu’s Carlife, among others.

3. Drivetrain

The SUV gets a 2.0-liter TSI petrol engine that makes 184 horsepower. That engine is paired with front-wheel drive and a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission. The same engine is available in a different configuration that makes 217 horses and pairs with an all-wheel-drive setup through a seven-speed transmission.

As for safety features, the Kodiaq GT will come with Blind Spot Detection, Adaptive Cruise Control with stop-go functionality, Front Assist, and many more.

The Kodiaq GT should be priced between $4,000 and $5,000 higher than the standard Kodiaq. Skoda plans to introduce it at the Guangzhou Motor Show this month.

Everything We Know About The 2019 Ford Territory That’s Made For China

Ford today shared the first images of the new Territory, a mid-size SUV with the affordable price-tag, rich technology and looks to carve inroads into China’s richest vein of future growth – new buyers in emerging cities.

Ford is finding it difficult to infiltrate the Chinese market, and for an automaker, that’s bad news. China has become the biggest market for automakers, and without a clear presence there, the business could suffer. For this year, Ford has prepared a grand plan to capture the Chinese market. They will introduce 50 new models until 2025, starting off with an affordable crossover SUV since we can’t seem to get enough of them.

Called Ford Territory, this is no way the same as the one in Australia with the same name. While that one is based on the Ford Falcon, the Chinese-market crossover SUV is very different and will be developed with Chinese automaker JMC.

Ford Territory

No mechanical details have been revealed yet, except that it will be offered with three engine options: a conventional gas-powered engine, a Miller-cycle-style engine with a 48V mild-hybrid assist, and a plug-in hybrid.

Don’t worry if this will be manufactured with a Chinese automaker partner. It would still very much look like a Ford since it will still be the one responsible for the Territory’s overall design, engineering, and testing. JMC will provide advice and feedback on what sells in the Chinese market. The car will also be built in a JMC factory.

Ford Territory 1

Other reports from China, however, noted that the Territory may be similar to one of JMC’s brands, the Yusheng. The S330 model, however, features a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that can make 163 horsepower.

From initial reports, the Territory looks handsome enough to have a shot at the Asian market. It may not be outstanding, but its exterior and interior are both aimed at functionality and at appealing to other Asian cities.

The Territory will go on sale in China early next year, but it won’t probably be available in the US because it wasn’t manufactured to meet North America’s safety and emission standards.

Honda Introduces Everus Concept At Beijing Auto Show

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Those of you who think that Honda is simply dwindling their thumbs while everyone is jumping on the electrification bandwagon will soon be proven wrong. At the 2018 Beijing International Motor Show, the Japanese automaker unveiled the Everus concept, a HR-V-looking electric vehicle that signals Honda’s entrance into a market dominated by the likes of Tesla.

Even though it is still a concept, the Everus looks like it’s ready to roll out of the production line. Details are still scant and we barely know any information about the Everus, but looking at the photos showed the same size and proportions as the Honda HR-V. It even has the weird rear door handles that are placed at the C-pillar.

If this is how Honda’s new EV will look like, it will definitely draw a lot of praise from enthusiasts and Honda fans. Unlike other concept cars that are too far off from the actual production unit, the Everus has a promising future to look like the concept. We can probably surmise that development of the EV is underway and near to being finalized since the Japanese carmaker claims it will start manufacturing the Everus later this year.

Of course, we can look at it from the business angle: Honda has just partnered with Chinese automaker GAC, so it’s entirely plausible that the Japanese company is rushing the development of the first model of its EV line.

Considering the competitions we have in the EV market, it’s not surprising that Honda is working fast to get the Everus out there. Not only will this be available to the Chinese market, Honda also plans to roll out the model through a car-sharing service offered by Reachstar, a Chinese company that specializes in providing car share services.

What we’re sure is that this will welcome a new generation for Honda; a generation that will tap into the endless possibilities of a more electrified auto industry.

Hybrid Kinetic Introduces K350 SUV And H500 Concepts In China

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Hybrid Kinetic, an electric car startup company in China, partnered with Pininfarina to utilize new technologies for its cars. The Chinese company aims to come up with a full lineup of electric cars powered by an extended-range electric powertrain that uses a microturbine as range extender.

Pininfarina, the Italian design house, is tasked to pen each of the models. In the past, we have already seen four concepts that would define Hybrid Kinetic’s future lineup—the H600 sedan, the K550 and K750 SUVs, and the GT coupe. All of these concepts feature a similar look, which is close to the company’s planned production models.

During the 2018 Beijing Auto Show, Hybrid Kinetic presented to more sedan concepts—a small SUV called the K350 and a small sports sedan called the H500. The official shots revealed by the brand showed handsome exteriors and elegant, modern interiors for both vehicles.

Aside from the two vehicles, the concept also featured a common powertrain that has an electric motor at each exle that can produce a combined power of 800 horses. The motors will draw their energy from a battery that can be charged through a plug. It can also draw power from running using a compact microturbine that weighs less than 200 pounds.

The microturbine can deliver a continuous 80 horsepower, enough to charge the battery. It can also run using a variety of fuels such as diesel, gasoline, and hydrogen. The total reach could possibly be 620 miles. That’s a lot of miles for a car running on battery!

The company’s first production model could be a possible sedan arriving sometime in 2020. The automotive division of Hybrid Kinetic is not just focused on producing vehicles. Instead, it is part of a larger group that includes businesses on finance, battery production, and electric buses. Another thing that the company is focusing on is the graphene, a lighter and stronger material than carbon fiber that has the ability for faster charging time.

3 Things To Know About The Jeep Grand Commander

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The 2018 Beijing Auto Show has on full display the Jeep Grand Commander, a massive three-row, seven-seater, full-sized SUV. The Grand Commander is the newest Jeep model available to the Chinese market. The others are Compass, Renegade, and Cherokee.

The Grand Commander sits on a long wheelbase, making it a full-sized SUV. Although Jeep has yet to release info on dimensions, one look at the Grand Commander and you’ll this is one classic SUV (definitely not a crossover).

1. Design

When it comes to design, the Grand Commander is not that far off from Grand Cherokee, though the latter is sportier because of its more aggressive front bumper. The Commander is statelier with its rectangular headlights, compact front grille, and a business-like bumper, fog lamps, and chrome trim.

The interior features a three-row seating layout that can accommodate up to seven people. The front section looks like an upgraded Grand Cherokee, thanks to wood trims on a few spots and on the steering wheel.

2. Powertrains

There’s no available information about the powertrains options for the Grand Commander. We can surmise, based on the company’s Chinese website, that one of the options would be a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that is similar to the one found in the new Wrangler. That unit can produce 268 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque on the Wrangler. If that unit will be fitted on the Grand Commander, expect it to produce around 350 horsepower.

3. Sales Increase

The Grand Commander should further boost Jeep’s market in China. It already has a pretty impressive lineup of vehicles for the Chinese market, but the Grand Commander will be the pinnacle of the available models. Last year, Jeep sold 200,000 units in China, a massive increase from the sales numbers in 2016.

And though there has been a drop in sales in the first quarter of 2018, the arrival of the Grand Commander should remedy that soon.

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class L Extended Wheelbase Gets Bigger And Better Cabin

2019 mercedes-benz c-class l (1)Mercedes-Benz is truly making an impact in the Chinese market, or at least, trying to infiltrate the biggest auto market in the world. At the 2018 Beijing Motor Show, Asia’s largest car expo, the luxury brand introduced the Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury concept SUV and the all-new Mercedes-Benz A-Class L sedan.

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Extended Wheelbase is the newest model under the German brand to get enhanced legroom, keeping in mind China’s affinity for rear seat legroom. The 2019 C-Class L will sit under the E-Class L in China. It will also be sold exclusively for the Chinese market.

Luxury car buyers in China place great importance on rear seat legroom. After all, these rich Chinese mostly have drivers that allow them to stay on the rear side of the vehicle, enjoying whatever amenities Mercedes can throw at their feet. The extended wheelbase will give this car a significant edge over its competition.

2019 mercedes-benz c-class l (2)The styling details of the C-Class L Extended Wheelbase will remain the same as the European model, but the wheelbase (which is why the Extended Wheelbase name) has been stretched by 80 mm or 31 inches for added legroom in the rear seats. China, being a left-hand drive market, will receive a different layout for the C-Class L than the European version. The rear-right seat passenger can electronically adjust the front passenger seat by sliding it forward.

Other features of this Chinese-market-directed sedan are the LED headlights and the optional Multibeam LED headlights. Inside, there are fully digital driver’s display, a wider infotainment screen, multi-contour seat package with a massaging function, 64 LED ambient colours, and a new multi-function steering wheel. The German automaker also introduced the Energizing comfort control system, the same one in the S-Class last year.

Originally launched in 2014, the C-Class L will also get the new 48v electric architecture mild system that comes with petrol engines to boost performance and efficiency.

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