Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg
Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

China's Gleaming Automotive Future, Teased at Guangzhou Auto Show

The 14th Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition opened this week with exciting debut cars from BMW, Volvo, and Buick, among other brands. Take a peek at the future for Chinese drivers.
The Buick Velite Concept Hybrid
The Buick Velite Concept Hybrid

GM-owned Buick sells about four times as many cars in China as it does in the U.S., so the brand made several moves at Guangzhou. Here, it debuted the Velite, a concept vehicle with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. According to Buick, the theoretical car would have several ways of connecting to the internet, as well as a potential self-driving option for low speeds. Buick hopes to launch several electric vehicles in the region in the coming years. 

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Buick Velite Concept Hybrid Detail
Buick Velite Concept Hybrid Detail

Buick also hoped to show off some of its new design language with the Velite, such as its use of flowing lines and a slimmer waterfall grill, plus sinuous LED headlights. 

 

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Trumpchi Enlight Concept Vehicle
Trumpchi Enlight Concept Vehicle

Chinese-based Trumpchi debuted its first sedan in 2010 and launched an SUV in 2012. This supercar concept is all-electric, with gull-wing doors and a four-wheel-drive drivetrain. Not much is known about plans for the engine, but the carbon-fiber body and futuristic lines speak to the future of the brand's design plans. 

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Trumpchi Enlight Concept Vehicle Interior
Trumpchi Enlight Concept Vehicle Interior

Trumpchi is owned by Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. Here, the opened doors reveal ergonomic seats that will transform according to the body type and height of a driver.

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The WEY WO2
The WEY WO2

WEY is a new premium brand from China's best seller of SUVs, Great Wall Motor Co. This luxury SUV, the WO2, will retail for from 150,000 to 200,000 yuan ($22,000 to $29,000) and should be available in late 2017.

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The WEY W01
The WEY W01

The WEY WO1, a sister SUV with an expansive sunroof, should be available as early as April.

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The WEY W01 Charging
The WEY W01 Charging

The WEY W01 ERD will be a fully electric SUV. Electric cars are a rapidly growing segment of China's market. 

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The BMW 125i Sedan
The BMW 125i Sedan

BMW previewed a new 1-series compact sedan at Guangzhou, which will be available only in China, starting in the first half of 2017. The 125i sedan, pictured here, has a 231-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. The brand says there will also be a 136-hp turbocharged 1.5-liter inline-3 option and a 192-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 version. Six-speed manual transmission will come standard, with an eight-speed automatic upgrade option. 

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BMW 125i Sedan Interior
BMW 125i Sedan Interior

The interior of the 1-series sedans will feature BMW's signature infotainment system, operated by a turning wheel at the passenger's side. 

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The Nissan GT-R
The Nissan GT-R

Japanese-based Nissan used Guangzhou as an opportunity to showcase its GT-R sports car. This car can hit 60 miles per hour in 2.9 seconds, which is faster than a much-more expensive Porsche 911 Turbo, and it boasts a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 engine.

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The Infiniti Q60 Coupe
The Infiniti Q60 Coupe

Infiniti brought its Q60 sports coupe, which was redesigned earlier this year as a bid to earn back coupe buyers from a market crowded with Audi A5 and BMW 4-series buyers.

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The Jeep Compass
The Jeep Compass

The compact Jeep Compass was revealed by Fiat Chrysler at the Los Angeles Auto Show last week. This is a global product, which will be manufactured in China by Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. Fiat Chrysler is hoping this will soon become its biggest seller.

The Jeep Compass Interior
The Jeep Compass Interior

The interior of the Jeep Compass feels spacious despite its small size, thanks to slimline seats, an expansive sunroof, and bowed internal walls.

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Volvo S90 Excellence Sedan
Volvo S90 Excellence Sedan

Volvo's S90 Excellence Long Wheelbase Sedan will be made in China and largely target customers there. The three-passenger sedan will use Volvo's T8 twin-engine plug-in hybrid powertrain. 

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Inside the Volvo S90 Excellence Sedan
Inside the Volvo S90 Excellence Sedan

Strikingly, the front passenger seat has been removed from the S90 to be replaced with a "lounge console," which allows the rear-right passenger additional leg room and a computer-like workstation.

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