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Gallery: Vehicles, visions and views from Auto China 2020

Gallery: Vehicles, visions and...
GAC Enpulse electric sports car concept
GAC Enpulse electric sports car concept
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The four-seat Founder Edition HiPhi X SUV
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The four-seat Founder Edition HiPhi X SUV
The six-seat Founder Edition HiPhi X shows some adjustability through the rear coach/gullwing doors
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The six-seat Founder Edition HiPhi X shows some adjustability through the rear coach/gullwing doors
The HiPhi X comes loaded with tech, including this multi-display cabin
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The HiPhi X comes loaded with tech, including this multi-display cabin
Shanghai's Human Horizons calls the HiPhi X an SUV, but the vehicle also shows influence from wagons, vans and sedans
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Shanghai's Human Horizons calls the HiPhi X an SUV, but the vehicle also shows influence from wagons, vans and sedans
The Human Horizons HiPhi X makes its world premiere billed as the "world's first touch-free, door handle-less production vehicle," relying on a facial recognition entry system
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The Human Horizons HiPhi X makes its world premiere billed as the "world's first touch-free, door handle-less production vehicle," relying on a facial recognition entry system
Kiwigogo A-One rotocraft
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Kiwigogo A-One rotocraft
Toyota shows the Mirai Concept that previews the second-gen Mirai fuel-cell sedan
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Toyota shows the Mirai Concept that previews the second-gen Mirai fuel-cell sedan
BYD Song Plus
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BYD Song Plus
Beijing Radiance concept
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Beijing Radiance concept
Beijing Radiance concept
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Beijing Radiance concept
The Hongqi S9 packs a combination of V8 and electric motor for 1,400 hp and sub-2-second 0 to 62 mph acceleration
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The Hongqi S9 packs a combination of V8 and electric motor for 1,400 hp and sub-2-second 0 to 62 mph acceleration
Hongqi S9 hypercar
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Hongqi S9 hypercar
The 630-hp Maserati MC20 on show at Auto China 2020
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The 630-hp Maserati MC20 on show at Auto China 2020
Polestar announced in Beijing that the Precept concept will go into production in China
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Polestar announced in Beijing that the Precept concept will go into production in China
Introduced earlier this year ahead of the canceled Geneva Motor Show, the Polestar Precept concept has an interior outfitted with sustainable materials like flax-based composite and recycled cork vinyl
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Introduced earlier this year ahead of the canceled Geneva Motor Show, the Polestar Precept concept has an interior outfitted with sustainable materials like flax-based composite and recycled cork vinyl
Getting up close to the Polestar Precept
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Getting up close to the Polestar Precept
GAC Enpulse electric sports car concept
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GAC Enpulse electric sports car concept
GAC Design explores GAC's first sports car design
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GAC Design explores GAC's first sports car design
It's not visible here, but the GAC Enpulse has illuminated "digital graffiti" art in the body panels
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It's not visible here, but the GAC Enpulse has illuminated "digital graffiti" art in the body panels
GAC Trumpchi GM8 MPV
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GAC Trumpchi GM8 MPV
MG5 on show at Beijing 2020
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MG5 on show at Beijing 2020
Geely Preface
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Geely Preface
Geely's Lynk & Co reveals the Zero Concept, a luxury electric crossover
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Geely's Lynk & Co reveals the Zero Concept, a luxury electric crossover
Lynk & Co plans to put the Zero Concept into production in 2021
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Lynk & Co plans to put the Zero Concept into production in 2021
Changan previews design language for its premium Uni brand with the Vision-V concept
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Changan previews design language for its premium Uni brand with the Vision-V concept
The Changan Vision-V is one of the bolder concepts of the Beijing show
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The Changan Vision-V is one of the bolder concepts of the Beijing show
BMW shows off the 5 Series
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BMW shows off the 5 Series
Audi e-tron
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Audi e-tron
Great Wall Haval's Futurist concept looks more like the Retroist ...in a great way
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Great Wall Haval's Futurist concept looks more like the Retroist ...in a great way
In addition to hypercars with four-figure hp, Hongqi builds big, bold Rolls-Royce-like saloons like this H9+ - it's like Bugatti and Bentley in one
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In addition to hypercars with four-figure hp, Hongqi builds big, bold Rolls-Royce-like saloons like this H9+ - it's like Bugatti and Bentley in one
The Hongqi H9 sedan hit the market in August for prices starting at RMB309,800 (approx. US$45,625)
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The Hongqi H9 sedan hit the market in August for prices starting at RMB309,800 (approx. US$45,625)
Hongqi E-HS9 SUV
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Hongqi E-HS9 SUV
Hongqi E-HS9
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Hongqi E-HS9
Hongqi HS7+
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Hongqi HS7+
At the wheel of the Hongqi HS7+
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At the wheel of the Hongqi HS7+
The gold trim is a little gaudy, but the Hongqi HS7+ boasts a nice, cozy rear passenger compartment
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The gold trim is a little gaudy, but the Hongqi HS7+ boasts a nice, cozy rear passenger compartment
Hongqi concept mobility pod
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Hongqi concept mobility pod
Hyundai
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Hyundai Elantra
Songsan Motors puts the spotlight on multiple forms of open-road adventure
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Songsan Motors puts the spotlight on multiple forms of open-road adventure
It doesn't look like a full camper van, but Songsan's very VW-inspired van does include a pop-up roof
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It doesn't look like a full camper van, but Songsan's very VW-inspired van does include a pop-up roof
Songsan Motors pop-top van
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Songsan Motors pop-top van
Songsan Motors SS Dolphin at the 2020 Beijing Motor Show
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Songsan Motors SS Dolphin at the 2020 Beijing Motor Show
Songsan's C1 Corvette knockoff is reportedly powered with an e-drive
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Songsan's C1 Corvette knockoff is reportedly powered with an e-drive
Bestune B70 sedan
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Bestune B70 sedan
Honda debuts the SUV e:concept, previewing its first EV for the Chinese market
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Honda debuts the SUV e:concept, previewing its first EV for the Chinese market
Honda SUV e:concept
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Honda SUV e:concept
Kia Carnival MPV
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Kia Carnival MPV
Chery EQ5
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Chery EQ5
Chery EQ5
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Chery EQ5
Inside the Chery EQ5
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Inside the Chery EQ5
Chery Tiggo 8 Plus MHEV
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Chery Tiggo 8 Plus MHEV
The Arrizo Star shows some sporty aggression
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The Arrizo Star shows some sporty aggression
Voyah iFree concept
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Voyah iFree concept
Voyah iFree concept
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Voyah iFree concept
The iLand concept previewing Dongfeng's high-end new-energy brand "Voyah"debuted several months before its Beijing appearance
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The iLand concept previewing Dongfeng's high-end new-energy brand "Voyah"debuted several months before its Beijing appearance
Voyah iLand concept
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Voyah iLand concept
The Ford Explorer shows some grille in Beijing
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The Ford Explorer shows some grille in Beijing
Ford China previews next-generation design language with a sculpture that shows the theme "Progressive Energy In Strength"
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Ford China previews next-generation design language with a sculpture that shows the theme "Progressive Energy In Strength"
Ford's design language sculpture is meant to bring together Ford Chinese aesthetics and a feeling of power, speed and dynamism
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Ford's design language sculpture is meant to bring together Ford Chinese aesthetics and a feeling of power, speed and dynamism
Volvo XC 40 Recharge
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Volvo XC 40 Recharge
Neta Eureka 03 concept
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Neta Eureka 03 concept
Neta Eureka 03 concept
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Neta Eureka 03 concept
The million-dollar Nissan: GT-R50 by Italdesign
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The million-dollar Nissan: GT-R50 by Italdesign
Nissan introduced the production GT-R50 by Italdesign earlier this year
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Nissan introduced the production GT-R50 by Italdesign earlier this year
Nissan Ariya
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Nissan Ariya
Arcfox aT
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Arcfox aT
Hyundai debuted the Prophecy concept as part of the virtual Geneva show unveilings in March, following up with a Beijing debut
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Hyundai debuted the Prophecy concept as part of the virtual Geneva show unveilings in March, following up with a Beijing debut
Hyundai's Prophecy combines sporty looks and an autonomous-ready interface that swaps steering wheel for joysticks
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Hyundai's Prophecy combines sporty looks and an autonomous-ready interface that swaps steering wheel for joysticks
WM Motors Maven concept debuted online earlier in the year and made its public debut in Beijing
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WM Motors Maven concept debuted online earlier in the year and made its public debut in Beijing
The sporty WM Motors concept sedan highlights next-gen technologies like AI deep learning, a Qualcomm Snapdragon gen-3 chip and 5G connectivity
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The sporty WM Motors concept sedan highlights next-gen technologies like AI deep learning, a Qualcomm Snapdragon gen-3 chip and 5G connectivity
Along with several pop-top vans, this overland-inspired Great Wall P-series pickup concept captures China's growing interest in RVing
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Along with several pop-top vans, this overland-inspired Great Wall P-series pickup concept captures China's growing interest in RVing
LEVC London Taxi LX by Lorinser
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LEVC London Taxi LX by Lorinser
LEVC London Taxi LX by Lorinser
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LEVC London Taxi LX by Lorinser
Qoros 7 SUV
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Qoros 7 SUV
The flat-faced Qoros Milestone C3 concept looks ready to run through a brick wall ...and not in a good way
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The flat-faced Qoros Milestone C3 concept looks ready to run through a brick wall ...and not in a good way
The Qoros Milestone C3 concept rear view isn't any better than the front
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The Qoros Milestone C3 concept rear view isn't any better than the front
Great Wall P-series pickup concept at Auto China 2020
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Great Wall P-series pickup concept at Auto China 2020
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It was just days before the March 3 start of the Geneva Motor Show when the show was forced into cancellation by the Switzerland Federal Council's decision to ban large events due to the heightening threat of COVID-19. The Geneva show was among the first major dominoes to fall in the series of lockdowns and cancelations that have disrupted the Western world ever since.

While North American shows in New York and Detroit canceled outright for 2020, Auto China (Beijing Motor Show) merely postponed, becoming the first international auto show of the post-corona era when it took place between September 26 and October 5. The feel and circumstances of the show were quite different from past events, but the event still brought plenty of wild concept cars, cutting-edge technology and forward-looking design.

Some highlights follow below ...

HiPhi X

Shanghai's Human Horizons calls the HiPhi X an SUV, but the vehicle also shows influence from wagons, vans and sedans
Shanghai's Human Horizons calls the HiPhi X an SUV, but the vehicle also shows influence from wagons, vans and sedans

Looking like a blend of wagon, crossover and sedan, the HiPhi X from Shanghai's Human Horizons debuts as a new high-tech premium SUV. Its tech suite includes handle-less, facial recognition door opening, Level 4 autonomous valet parking, 5G V2X communications and a 562-sensor vehicle/driver monitoring array. Combination coach/gullwing rear doors open things up for the passengers in back. The HiPhi X will go into limited production before the end of the year with a broader Chinese market launch to follow in 2021. The four-seat launch model starts at RMB 800,000 (approx. US$117,800), the six-seater at RMB 680,000 ($95,725).

Polestar Precept

Polestar announced in Beijing that the Precept concept will go into production in China
Polestar announced in Beijing that the Precept concept will go into production in China

The all-electric Polestar Precept concept was a standout of the would-have-been Geneva Motor Show back in March, but it was presented more as a general design study than a future model. That all changed in Beijing, where Polestar confirmed it for production. As a concept, the Precept showcases a sleek design language, sustainable interior construction and advanced digital tech suite. Polestar never confirmed powertrain specs but did say that the concept has space for a high-capacity floor-mounted battery pack. Development on the production car is underway, and production will take place at a new facility in China.

Lynk & Co Zero Concept

Geely's Lynk & Co reveals the Zero Concept, a luxury electric crossover
Geely's Lynk & Co reveals the Zero Concept, a luxury electric crossover

As it gets its vehicle subscription service going in Europe, Polestar's fellow Geely/Volvo brand Lynk & Co also explores the future with the Zero Concept. A step back from the 01 in name structure, the Zero is a step forward in emissions-slashing powertrain tech, going fully electric. The model will be the first built on Geely's new electric architecture and will have an estimated range up to 700 km (435 miles) per charge on the NEDC cycle.

The sporty crossover relies on a 536-hp electric drive powering all four wheels for 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprints of around four seconds. Described as Lynk & Co's most luxurious vehicle yet, the Zero also comes with an adjustable air suspension with electromagnetic shocks, CoPilot ADAS system and Yamaha premium audio. Like the Precept, the Zero is a Geely concept with a future. It will go into production in 2021 at a manufacturing facility in Eastern China.

Click on the gallery for dozens of other cars, trucks, utility vehicles and novelties from the Beijing show. With the Tokyo show off this year and the LA show canceled, it'll be your last chance to see such a variety of vehicles packed into an exhibition hall in 2020.

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2 comments
CAVUMark
Why is it so important to discuss "ludicrous" acceleration from a car intended to eliminate emissions and save the planet? It seems to me the reduction in the car's carbon footprint would be a more appropriate talking point. I say limit the acceleration, set an acceleration rate and top speed to just over the highways speed and brag about range, clean air and quiet highways. There goes all the fun in driving!
ljaques
I wonder what the MTBF is on any of these vehicles from China. Some were attractive, but some were an assault on the eyes. Loved the pic of the 305 bench supply under the Qoros 7 SUV in pic 74. (probably just powering it up during the show to save the battery)