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Electric cars, concepts and other Auto Shanghai 2017 highlights

Electric cars, concepts and ot...
Auto Shanghai 2017
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BMW 5 Series Li
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BMW 5 Series Li
BMW M4 CS
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BMW M4 CS
BMW M4 CS
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BMW M4 CS
World premiere of the BMW i8 Protonic Frozen Yellow Edition
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World premiere of the BMW i8 Protonic Frozen Yellow Edition
BMW i8 Protonic Frozen Yellow Edition
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BMW i8 Protonic Frozen Yellow Edition
Borgward BXi7
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Borgward BXi7
BYD Dynasty
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BYD Dynasty
BYD Dynasty
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BYD Dynasty
Changan at Auto Shanghai 2017
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Changan at Auto Shanghai 2017
Changan at Auto Shanghai 2017
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Changan at Auto Shanghai 2017
Changan at Auto Shanghai 2017
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Changan at Auto Shanghai 2017
Changan at Auto Shanghai 2017
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Changan at Auto Shanghai 2017
Changan at Auto Shanghai 2017
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Changan at Auto Shanghai 2017
Changan at Auto Shanghai 2017
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Changan at Auto Shanghai 2017
Citroen C5 Aircross
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Citroen C5 Aircross
Baojun 310 Wagon
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Baojun 310 Wagon
The all-new Velite 5 puts a Buick face on Chevy Volt tech
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The all-new Velite 5 puts a Buick face on Chevy Volt tech
Buick Velite 5
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Buick Velite 5
The Chevy FNR-X concept debuts at Auto Shanghai
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The Chevy FNR-X concept debuts at Auto Shanghai
Chevy FNR-X concept
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Chevy FNR-X concept
Chevy FNR-X concept
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Chevy FNR-X concept
Chevy FNR-X concept
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Chevy FNR-X concept
Acura gives Chinese rear passengers more legroom with the TLX-L (long wheelbase) prototype
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Acura gives Chinese rear passengers more legroom with the TLX-L (long wheelbase) prototype
Acura plans to launch the TLX-L in China this year
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Acura plans to launch the TLX-L in China this year
Audi gets a little sportier with its electric design
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Audi gets a little sportier with its electric design
Audi e-tron Sportback debut, Auto Shanghai 2017
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Audi e-tron Sportback debut, Auto Shanghai 2017
BAIC BJ80 TAP armored car
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BAIC BJ80 TAP armored car
BAIC BJ80 TAP armored car
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BAIC BJ80 TAP armored car
BAIC BJ80 TAP armored car
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BAIC BJ80 TAP armored car
BAIC EX400L
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BAIC EX400L
VLF Automotive Force 1 V10 Roadster
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VLF Automotive Force 1 V10 Roadster
Infiniti QX50 Concept
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Infiniti QX50 Concept
VLF reveals the roadster version of its Force 1 V10
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VLF reveals the roadster version of its Force 1 V10
Lynk & Co 01
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Lynk & Co 01
Ford Mondeo Energi PHEV
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Ford Mondeo Energi PHEV
Hongqi S-Concept
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Hongqi S-Concept
Citroen C5 Aircross
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Citroen C5 Aircross
VLF Force 1 V10 Roadster
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VLF Force 1 V10 Roadster
The Haval H6 isn't afraid to show some grille
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The Haval H6 isn't afraid to show some grille
The Ford Mustang looks pretty in yellow
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The Ford Mustang looks pretty in yellow
VLF Force 1 V10 Roadster squinting as hard as ever
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VLF Force 1 V10 Roadster squinting as hard as ever
Another massive grille at Auto Shanghai, this time on the Hongqi S-Concept
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Another massive grille at Auto Shanghai, this time on the Hongqi S-Concept
Ford Mustang
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Ford Mustang
Hongqi H5
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Hongqi H5
The Haval Blue 03 is a hybrid SUV coupe concept
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The Haval Blue 03 is a hybrid SUV coupe concept
SUVs aren't the only thing showing teeth around Auto Shanghai, take a look at the Hongqi H5
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SUVs aren't the only thing showing teeth around Auto Shanghai, take a look at the Hongqi H5
Geely MPV Concept
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Geely MPV Concept
Geely MPV Concept
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Geely MPV Concept
Lynk & Co at Auto Shanghai 2017
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Lynk & Co at Auto Shanghai 2017
Before 02, but following the 01, Lynk & Co reveals the 03
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Before 02, but following the 01, Lynk & Co reveals the 03
The Lynk & Co 03 will share its underpinnings with Volvo, as they are both owned by Geely
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The Lynk & Co 03 will share its underpinnings with Volvo, as they are both owned by Geely
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Mazda CX-3
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Mazda CX-3
Lexus gives the NX a refresh
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Lexus gives the NX a refresh
Lexus NX
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Lexus NX
Mini debuts the John Cooper Works Countryman
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Mini JCW Countryman
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Mini JCW Countryman
NIO also has a new production SUV on display in Shanghai, but the EP9 continues to be the star
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NIO also has a new production SUV on display in Shanghai, but the EP9 continues to be the star
One of the world's fastest, most powerful electric supercars, the NIO EP9 is powered by a 1,341-hp, four-motor powertrain
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One of the world's fastest, most powerful electric supercars, the NIO EP9 is powered by a 1,341-hp, four-motor powertrain
With a 7:05.12 Nurburgring lap, the NIO EP9 claimed an EV record last year
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With a 7:05.12 Nurburgring lap, the NIO EP9 claimed an EV record last year
Luxgen at Auto Shanghai 2017
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Luxgen at Auto Shanghai 2017
Luxgen at Auto Shanghai 2017
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Luxgen at Auto Shanghai 2017
Looks like Nissan isn't the only one that likes to play around with tracks - SAIC Maxus D90 all tracked up
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Looks like Nissan isn't the only one that likes to play around with tracks - SAIC Maxus D90 all tracked up
SAIC Maxus D90
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SAIC Maxus D90
No amount of snow or sand will get in the way of this SAIC Maxus D90
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No amount of snow or sand will get in the way of this SAIC Maxus D90
SAIC at Auto Shanghai
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SAIC at Auto Shanghai
The ZS from SAIC-owned MG Motor
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The ZS from SAIC-owned MG Motor
One of the highlights of Auto Shanghai, the all-new MG E-motion
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One of the highlights of Auto Shanghai, the all-new MG E-motion
MG says the headlights were inspired by the London Eye ferris wheel
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MG says the headlights were inspired by the London Eye ferris wheel
The E-motion reminds us of a few other cars and concepts, but it's a smooth, sexy design
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The E-motion reminds us of a few other cars and concepts, but it's a smooth, sexy design
MG was quite vague in announcing the E-motion, saying little more about its electric powertrain than that it offers 311+ miles (500+ km) of range and can power a 0-62 mph run of under 4 seconds
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MG was quite vague in announcing the E-motion, saying little more about its electric powertrain than that it offers 311+ miles (500+ km) of range and can power a 0-62 mph run of under 4 seconds
MG debuts the E-motion concept
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MG debuts the E-motion concept
MG ZS
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MG ZS
Jeep plays with a hybrid SUV in the Yuntu concept
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Jeep plays with a hybrid SUV in the Yuntu concept
The Jeep Yuntu concept has a plug-in hybrid powertrain
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The Jeep Yuntu concept has a plug-in hybrid powertrain
Jeep's Yuntu concept was designed specifically for Chinese tastes
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Jeep's Yuntu concept was designed specifically for Chinese tastes
Jeep Yuntu concept
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Jeep Yuntu concept
Mercedes Concept A Sedan
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Mercedes Concept A Sedan
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Mercedes Concept A Sedan
Mercedes S 350 L
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Mercedes S 350 L
Mercedes S 350 L
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Mercedes S 350 L
With help from the folks who brought us the crazy Lykan Hypersport comes this big, boxy Seven all-electric MPV
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With help from the folks who brought us the crazy Lykan Hypersport comes this big, boxy Seven all-electric MPV
Iconiq shows the Seven MPV in Shanghai
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Iconiq shows the Seven MPV in Shanghai
Volkswagen's latest electric concept, the I.D. Crozz
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Volkswagen's latest electric concept, the I.D. Crozz
Iconiq Seven
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Iconiq Seven
The I.D. Crozz electric crossover comes with the same 311-mile (500-km) range claim as virtually every other VW Group electric concept
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The I.D. Crozz electric crossover comes with the same 311-mile (500-km) range claim as virtually every other VW Group electric concept
VW I.D. Crozz
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VW I.D. Crozz
Inside the VW I.D. Crozz
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Inside the VW I.D. Crozz
VW Phideon PHEV GTE
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VW Phideon PHEV GTE
VW Phideon PHEV GTE
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VW Phideon PHEV GTE
Inside the VW Phideon PHEV GTE
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Inside the VW Phideon PHEV GTE
Skoda joins VW and Audi in presenting an electric vehicle Vision
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Skoda joins VW and Audi in presenting an electric vehicle Vision
Chinese electric car startup Singulato has fun with lights 
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Chinese electric car startup Singulato has fun with lights 
Singulato iS6
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Singulato iS6
Inside the Singulato iS6
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Inside the Singulato iS6
We can't help but think that if Marty McFly had gotten his car in the future, instead of the present, it might have looked something like this Singulato concept
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We can't help but think that if Marty McFly had gotten his car in the future, instead of the present, it might have looked something like this Singulato concept
Singulato at Auto Shanghai 2017
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Singulato at Auto Shanghai 2017
Singulato at Auto Shanghai 2017
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Singulato at Auto Shanghai 2017
Yudo Auto at Auto Shanghai 2017
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Yudo Auto at Auto Shanghai 2017
Wey VV7 C
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Wey VV7 C
Skoda Vision E concept 
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Skoda Vision E concept 
Skoda Vision E
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Skoda Vision E
W Motors shows its 900-hp Fenyr Supersport
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W Motors shows its 900-hp Fenyr Supersport
The Fenyr Supersport and Iconiq Seven make for quite a contrast
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The Fenyr Supersport and Iconiq Seven make for quite a contrast
Lynk & Co 03 sedan interior
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Lynk & Co 03 sedan interior
McLaren 570 GT
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McLaren 570 GT
McLaren 570 GT
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McLaren 570 GT
Inside the McLaren 570 GT
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Inside the McLaren 570 GT
Iconiq Seven
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Iconiq Seven
Auto Shanghai 2017
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Auto Shanghai 2017
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Auto Shanghai 2017 got underway this week, bringing with it a look at the near future of the world's largest single auto market and the market of that world at large. It looks like auto buyers are in for a much more attractive selection of electric cars, even more SUVs and crossovers (if that's even possible), and some vehicles from brands that didn't even exist a few years ago.

Volkswagen continues its electric surge

Volkswagen is absolutely dead set on getting the world to forget all about the diesel fuel and emissions testing debacle, and it's using flashy electric concept cars to do it. A major auto show rarely passes these days without the introduction of a new VW Group electric concept car, and what better place to release an all-new trio than the world's largest EV market. Shanghai hosted the world premieres of the Audi e-tron Sportback, Volkswagen I.D. Crozz and Skoda Vision E.

Skoda Vision E concept 
Skoda Vision E concept 

We've seen electric Volkswagen and Audi visions before, but the Vision E is the first electric Skoda. It looked a bit sleeker and more swept in the initial sketches, but it's still an attractive e-UV, and its 301-hp AWD electric powertrain and 311 miles (500 km) of range only make it more so. The concept is a nice first step into electric power and autonomy for Skoda. If this is what the future of electrification has in store at the Czech marque, we look forward to it.

MG lets its E-motion out

The E-motion reminds us of a few other cars and concepts, but it's a smooth, sexy design
The E-motion reminds us of a few other cars and concepts, but it's a smooth, sexy design

The Vision E is attractive enough, but it's not the most attractive electric concept in Shanghai. We'd say the MG E-motion easily takes that crown, though its styling runs a little too close to Mazda and a few others to be too enamored with. A lack of specs and details doesn't help foster excitement. We know it's electric, runs about 311 miles per charge, accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in under four seconds, and has an infotainment system. And that's about all. Still, when you're that pretty, you can charm without saying a word.

From hyper to iconic

And now for something totally different: a boxy electric MPV with close ties to two of the world's most expensive and ludicrous supercars. It's the Seven from Iconiq, a China-based brand that launched last year in close partnership with W Motors, the brand whose work includes the insane Lykan Hypersport and equally insane Fenyr Supersport.

Iconiq Seven
Iconiq Seven

The funky, urban-inspired Seven comes in two trims, and the VIP edition is dressed up like it just rolled out of an ultra-luxury conversion shop. Carbon fiber, Italian leather, business class captain's chairs, a driver cab/cabin partition, a 40-in TV, surround sound, a touchscreen command center, a passenger HUD and other amenities keep this van as comfy, high-tech and productive as it is fresh at the tailpipe. Extra points because we're not sure we've ever seen a more defined contrast at an auto show than the Seven-Fenyr split.

Those are some of our favorite highlights of the show, but you can pick out your own in our full photo gallery. There are more electric cars, more intriguing concepts, and some makes and models you may never have heard of if you don't do any car shopping in China.

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1 comment
minivini
Not all those designs appeal to me, but I find the creative input from new Chinese car makers quite refreshing. There is some remarkable design work in there (not just Chinese). It'll force everyone to up their game significantly.
I can also easily imagine China taking the lead in EV manufacturing, accelerating global EV acceptance rates in the immediate future.