With the world debut of the I.D. CROSS1), Volkswagen presents a significant view of its new cornerstones of electric mobility. Following the I.D. and the I.D. BUZZ, the Crossover is the third member of the I.D. family – a new generation of zero emission vehicles with a long range, charismatic design and a new interior world.
“By 2025, we want to increase sales of pure electric vehicles to one million units per year. The I.D. CROSS assumes a key role in achieving this goal. Production will start in 2020,” says Herbert Diess, CEO of Volkswagen Passenger Cars at the unveiling of the vehicle. The four-door vehicle is the brand’s first electrically powered crossover utility vehicle (CUV) – a coupé and sport utility vehicle (SUV) in one.
Shortly thereafter, just as the Volkswagen brand did, ŠKODA also offers a glimpse into the future: ŠKODA VISION E2) is the name of the first pure electric-powered concept car in the Czech brand’s long-established history spanning over 120 years. With its futuristic design, it bears the unmistakable characteristics of ŠKODA’s new design language. Its two electric motors allow the vehicle to accelerate smoothly and also extremely dynamically up to 180km/h.
“With the VISION E concept car, we are presenting the future face and technology of ŠKODA in every aspect,” says ŠKODA CEO Bernhard Maier.
“The ŠKODA VISION E is our company’s first pure electric-powered vehicle that also allows for autonomous driving at level 3.” Like the I.D. CROZZ incidentally, the VISION E’s range is up to 500 kilometers, making a trip from Prague to Berlin easily possible.
Audi is also presenting a versatile auto concept in Shanghai. The four-door Gran Turismo Audi e-tron Sportback3) comes with a 320kW electric drive. Its design language combines classic Audi elements with an array of trendsetting details.
Rupert Stadler, CEO of AUDI AG confirms: “Our Audi e-tron will be starting out in 2018 – the first electric vehicle in its competitive field fit for everyday use. With a range of more than 500 kilometers and a unique electric driving experience, we are making this sporty SUV a ‘must have’ in the coming decade. Following closely behind, in 2019, is the production version of the Audi e-tron Sportback – an emotional coupé version that is exhilarating and identifiable as an electric vehicle at first glance.”
Porsche reveals five innovations at the Shanghai auto show for the Asian market. Taking center stage is the Asian debut of the Panamera Sport Turismo4). The new version of the four-door sports car, delivering up to 404kW (550hp), features even more versatility in the luxury segment with its unmistakable design and great everyday usability. As its second innovation, Porsche presents the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid5). The world’s most powerful hybrid car with 500kW (680hp) of system power enters the market in China only in the high-end luxury long-wheelbase Executive version.
The third innovation – and exclusively for the Chinese market – is the rear-wheel-drive long wheelbase version of the new base model Panamera Executive (243kW/330hp)6). “With this model, we want to reinforce how important the Chinese market is for us,” emphasized Oliver Blume, CEO of Porsche AG. The new 911 GTS models and the 911 GT3 Cup race car7) are also being debuted in Asia.
In China, Bentley showcases with the concept car EXP12 Speed 6e8) how the brand would like to combine luxury with electric mobility in the future – and by doing so, learn more about what future customers envision with electric mobility. Bentley’s vision of electric mobility includes a range that enables long distance trips – such as a trip from London to Paris with a single charge of battery. In addition to the EXP12 Speed 6e, there are another four luxury cars to be marveled at on show at the Bentley stand – from the Flying Spur W12 S9) to the Bentayga Mulliner10).
Displaying pure sports performance, Lamborghini thrills with the debut of the Huracán Performante11) in Shanghai – a super sports car that combines new lightweight technologies, active aerodynamics, a new setup of chassis and all-wheel drive with an improved drive train. A few months ago, it set a new track record for production vehicles at the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
During the course of the year, many more innovations await car buyers: The Volkswagen Group’s brands plan to introduce more than 30 new and successor models to the Chinese market in 2017.
1) Volkswagen I.D. CROZZ: Concept vehicle – not subject to Directive 1999/94/EC.
2) ŠKODA VISION E: Concept vehicle – not subject to Directive 1999/94/EC.
3) Audi e-tron Sportback concept: Concept vehicle - not subject to Directive 1999/94/EC.
4) Porsche Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo: Fuel consumption combined 9.5–9.4l/100km; CO2 emissions 217–215g/km (range dependent on type of tires)
5) Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive: Fuel consumption combined 2.9l/100km; CO2 emissions 66g/km; power consumption combined 16.2kWh/100km
6) Porsche Panamera Executive (243kW/330hp): China version – not subject to Directive 1999/94/EC.
7) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup: Concept vehicle – not subject to Directive 1999/94/EC.
8) Bentley EXP12 Speed 6e: Concept vehicle – not subject to Directive 1999/94/EC.
9) Bentley Flying Spur W12 S: Fuel consumption in l/100km: City 22.2; highway 10.2; combined 14.7; CO2 emissions (combined) 335g/km; CO2 efficiency G
10) Bentley Bentayga Mulliner: Fuel consumption: city 19.0l/100km; highway 9.6l/100km; combined 13.1l/100km; CO2 emissions (combined) 296g/km; CO2 efficiency F
11) Lamborghini Huracán Performante: Fuel consumption: city 19.6l/100km; highway 10.3l/100km; combined 13.7l/100km; CO2 emissions (combined) 314g/km