E-mobility, digital connectivity and the SUV trend are the focal points of Auto China 2018 in Beijing. The brands of the Volkswagen Group are showcasing their many new products in these areas at the trade fair.
A visit to Hall W4 of the new Beijing exhibition center is something like a trip to the future right now. The I.D. Vizzion concept car1, a vision of sustainable mobility for tomorrow and the day after, is parked on center stage of the Volkswagen booth at the end of the hall. The sedan is the future flagship of the fully electric I.D. family and will go on sale by 2022 at the latest. “It is a very real vision,” Group CEO and Brand Director Herbert Diess said at the presentation of the concept car at Volkswagen’s booth at the motor show. The car is a fully autonomous vehicle, includes innovative operation and information systems, and works with intuitive voice communication and augmented reality. “A friend for the road” is how Herbert Diess described this vision of the future of mobility.
At Auto China 2018, the I.D. Vizzion is surrounded by a number of new models, some of which Volkswagen plans to begin selling this year: To the right, visitors can see the next generation of the Lavida2, the market leader among compact cars. Around 450,000 customers bought the compact car in 2017. To the left, the new Volkswagen CC3, the version of the Arteon4 made in China, is celebrating its premiere. Volkswagen is also highlighting its ambitions in the SUV segment at the motor show with its presentation of the new Touareg5 and the T-Roc6. It is an impressive product and technology offensive by Volkswagen and its joint ventures SAIC and FAW in the Group’s most important sales market in the world. In 2018 alone, nine new models will be presented in China. Furthermore, a third joint venture has been launched, JAC. It is showing off its first model in the brand SOL: the E20 X7.
Volkswagen was the most successful brand in China last year with nearly 3.2 million sold vehicles. This success is continuing in 2018: Deliveries made in the first quarter topped 750,000, an 8.6 percent increase compared with the same period last year. To bolster this strong position, Volkswagen launched a far-reaching brand initiative for the Chinese market called “Move forward.” The model program is being completely overhauled and significantly expanded in additional market segments. Added to this is a comprehensive range of new energy vehicles with plug-in hybrid or fully electric drive systems.
ŠKODA’s third SUV
New SUV models, e-mobility and digital connectivity – these are the major trends at the Auto China 2018. The Volkswagen Group has new products to offer in each of these categories. One of them is the city SUV ŠKODA KAMIQ8 that celebrated its world premiere in Beijing. It is the third member of ŠKODA’s SUV family, following the ŠKODA KODIAQ9 and the ŠKODA KAROQ10. The KAMIQ serves as a forceful continuation of ŠKODA’s expressive SUV form language and turns heads with its state-of-the-art technology and stunning design. The mainstream city SUV will go on sale just a few months after the motor show ends.
The new ŠKODA KAMIQ combines compact dimensions with an unbelievably roomy interior. It is powered by a completely newly developed 1.5-liter gasoline engine, which delivers 81 kW of power and has torque of up to 150 Nm. It is also equipped with an automatic transmission. The young, urban group of customers at whom the KAMIQ is aimed also wants to effortlessly continue to live its digital lifestyle while it is on the road and requires state-of-the-art connectivity solutions to do so. This is why the new SUV is equipped with a smart connectivity system that ŠKODA newly developed. The technological highlight of the system is the voice control system made by iFLYTEK, one of Asia’s leading providers of voice recognition based on artificial intelligence. The software understands regional Chinese dialects and even learns automatically individual or local speaking styles.
Long version of the Audi Q5
The sports utility segment now makes up 44 percent of China’s entire automotive market, and the direction is heading clearly higher. The Audi Q5L11, on display in Beijing, is 4.77 meters long and has more than enough room to accommodate five passengers and plenty of luggage. The long version of the successful SUV is designed in particular with Chinese customers in mind. They can choose from five different equipment lines and two performance versions of the 2.0 TFSI – the quattro all-wheel drive system is standard.
Audi customers in China traditionally prize cars with roomy interiors and high prestige value. Audi currently offers three models with an extended wheelbase. The Audi Q5L is now being added to the line-up. The Audi Q5L is the brand’s first long-version SUV. Compared with the original vehicle, its wheelbase and exterior length have each increased by 88 millimeters. Back-seat passengers will profit from this change: They get an extra 110 millimeters of knee room. The luggage compartment continues to offer 550 liters to 1,550 liters of volume, depending on the position of the back seat.
Buyers of the Audi Q5L can select from five different equipment lines – based on the vehicle’s particular engine: the Vogue, Lifestyle, Design, Sport and Sport plus models. The models’ exterior and interior details vary in many different ways. A bestseller in the Chinese market serves as the powerplant of the Audi Q5L: the potent and efficient four-cylinder Turbo 2.0 TFSI. It is available with 140 kW (190 HP) or 185 kW (252 HP). It accelerates the SUV from zero to 100 km/h in 8.6 seconds and 6.7 seconds, respectively. Like the Q5 with the normal wheelbase, Audi also produces the Q5L in a joint venture with FAW-VW in CKD production at the Changchun plant in northern China. A portion of the prefabricated components is made by Audi’s San José Chiapa plant in Mexico. The vehicle will go on sale in the summer of 2018.
Porsche is presenting a combination of SUV and e-mobility in Beijing: the concept car Mission E Cross Turismo12. With its ability to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in less than 3.5 seconds and reach a top speed of more than 250 km/h, the fully electric Cross Turismo unites Porsche’s typical sportiness with the roominess of a SUV – with additional luggage space and extra room on the rear seat. It is a vision that will go on sale soon after production starts for the Mission E.
1 Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion - This concept car will not be sold and therefore it is not subject to the 1999/94/EG guideline.
2 Volkswagen Lavida - This car is not for sale in Europe and therefore it is not subject to the 1999/94/EG guideline.
3 Volkswagen CC - This car is not for sale in Europe and therefore it is not subject to the 1999/94/EG guideline.
4 Volkswagen Arteon 2.0 l TSI 4MOTION (206 kW/280 PS) – fuel consumption in l/100 km: urban 9.2 / extra urban 6.1 / combined 7.3; CO2 emissions combined in g/km: 164; CO2 efficiency class: C.
5 Volkswagen Touareg 3.0 TDI (210 kW/286 PS) - fuel consumption in l/100 km: urban 8,1 / extra urban 6.2 / combined 6.9; CO2-Emission combined in g/km: 182; CO2 efficiency class: C.
6 Volkswagen T-Roc (China version) - This car is not for sale in Europe and therefore it is not subject to the 1999/94/EG guideline.
7 Volkswagen SOL E20X – This concept car will not be sold and therefore it is not subject to the 1999/94/EG guideline.
8 KAMIQ 1,5 TSI DSG 81 kW (110 PS) - This car is only for sale at Chinese market and therefore it is not subject to the 1999/94/EG guideline.
9 ŠKODA KODIAQ – fuel consumption in l/100 km: urban 9.1-5.7 / extra urban 6.4-4.5 / kombined 7.4-4.9; CO2 emissions combined in g/km: 170-129; CO2 efficiency class: C-A
10 ŠKODA KAROQ - fuel consumption in l/100 km: urban 6.8-4.4 / extra urban 5.0-4.1 / combined 5.6-4.2; CO2 emissions combined in g/km: 127-112; CO2 efficiency class: B–A
11 Audi Q5L - This car is not for sale in Germany and Europe currently and therefore it is not subject to the 1999/94/EG guideline.
12 Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo – This concept car will not be sold and therefore it is not subject to the 1999/94/EG guideline.