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2021 Guangzhou Motor Show World Premieres

Aston Martin

Developed especially for China, says AML, the Mild Hybrid DBX is a world first for Auto Guangzhou. This one has the same powertrain as the Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+. This stands for M 256, which is a 2,999cc straight-six petrol engine. This produces 320 kW (435 hp) and 520 Nm. To this is added 16 kW (22 hp) and 250 Nm from an engine, this ISG supercharging system adding the extra power and torque for up to three seconds. Transmission switches to both axles via a nine-speed gearbox.


As well as facelifts for the AT 8, S8 and their L derivatives, an extra long variant intended to compete with the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is added, reviving one of the brands that made up Auto Union. The new A8 L Horch is powered by a 250 kW (340 hp) version of the Volkswagen Group’s 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 with a 48-volt electrical system.

the Q5 e-tron also premiered at Auto Guangzhou, this electric vehicle being a special model for China manufactured by SAIC Volkswagen. Audi unveiled the Concept Shanghai at the Shanghai Motor Show in April, with this vehicle being a preview of the seven-seat SUV. The length (4,876 mm) and wheelbase (2,965) are identical to those of the VW ID.6 X from SAIC Volkswagen.


SAIC General Motors unveiled the Buick Flagship concept GL8. This should offer a preview of the next generation of the large MPV/minivan.

Buick’s other concept for Auto Guangzhou is called smart podwhich will “introduce the brand’s bold new vision for future hub-to-hub luxury travel”.


the Destroyer 05 is a 4,780mm long plug-in hybrid sedan. Previously called Seal, the new model will go on sale in 2022 powered by a 1.5-liter gasoline engine and a single engine.

This car would be the first of BYD’s so-called Warship series. Some future SUVs will be part of a series of “Cruiser” models with “Landing Ship” reserved for minivans.


Chery Auto has unveiled an SUV called Omoda 5, formerly known only by one code, XC. A distinctive feature is a giant grille, which also almost hides particularly thin headlights. No powertrain details have been announced for this model which is expected to launch in China by mid-2022.


the Menlo wasn’t too successful for GM China, so maybe a new battery and motor will improve things. The 52.5 kWh pack and the 110 kW motor which were standard when marketed in February 2020 have now been replaced: the “Menlo 2022” receives a ternary lithium battery pack of 61.1 kWh and a motor of 130kW.


A new generation Mondeo makes its debut. It shares a lot with the Evos, including a platform, a production plant and a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. The new Lincoln Zephyr is also closely related to the Mondeos and Evos.

the Ecuador Sports is another world first for the brand. Special SUV for China and from the JMC-Ford joint venture, it is shorter than the Equator, its dimensions being 4,630/1,935/1,706 and 2,726 mm (length/width/height/wheelbase) . Equivalents for the equator are 4,905/1,930/1,755 and 2,865. The standard engine is a 1.5-liter turbo four-cylinder.


New Aion LX Plus is a modified version of the Aion LX, with some minor exterior modifications. The big news is a 144kWh battery, giving the Plus an official range of 1,008km according to the CLTC (China Light Vehicle Test Cycle). The top version motors are rated at 540 kW combined, there is a two-speed transmission and three LiDARs provided by RoboSense. GAC quotes the 0-60 mph time at 2.9 seconds. Cheaper variants with a 180 kW motor are also part of the planned range.

Another show first for GAC is the second generation GS8 Trumpet. The length is 4,980 mm against 4,835 for the original. Six- and seven-seat configurations are available and two powertrain choices: a 2.0-liter turbo with a 2.0-liter hybrid turbo to follow. Gasoline-electric would use Toyota technology (GAC and TMC have a JV).

GAC also showed the Trumpchi Vision Emkoo Concept for the first time, it is a pure design study. It had covered wheels, a single seat for the driver, and a bench for those in the back.


Hyundai’s luxury division calls its electric GV70 both the “electrified GV70” and “the electric model of the GV70”. The new SUV is nearly identical to the petrol and diesel GV70 except for the charging port and a rear skid plate that is no longer designed to accommodate the tailpipes. AWD is standard and there are two motors, each producing 160kW and 350Nm. Maximum power and torque are 360kW (in Boost mode) and 700Nm.


The premiere of the XY Concept at Auto Shanghai earlier in 2021 was a preview of the Shenshou. Great Wall Motor claims the name translates to “mythical beast”. This 4,780mm long five-seat SUV coupé offers buyers a choice of 1.5 or 2.0-litre turbo engines, each linked to a seven-speed DCT. A 1.5-liter hybrid as well as a 2.0-liter plug-in hybrid are expected to arrive in 2022.


Different from the Acura Integra (although they share a lot), a sedan for North America, the new Honda Integrated is the Civic sedan with a different name and some exterior differences. In China, the Dongfeng Honda joint venture builds the Civic while the Integra – officially announced in October – is part of the Guangqi Honda joint venture.

Also in October, Honda announced that it would launch several electric models under a new name: e:N Series. The e:N Coupe concept was first shown to the public at the Wuhan Motor Show in October with the e:N Concept SUV first revealed in public at Auto Guangzhou.

Hozon Auto

the Neta S is an electric sedan that Hozon Auto (also known as Hezhong Qiche) previously announced with the Eureka 3. This concept had a world premiere at the Beijing Motor Show in September 2020.

The production model will be offered with a range of your choice: up to 800 or 1,000 km according to the CLTC. Hozon Auto sees the 4,808mm-long Neta S competing with the Tesla Model 3 and other EVs of this size when it arrives in late 2022.


The Hycan brand, formerly a JV between GAC and Nio but now controlled by the former, has brought two electric prototypes to Auto Guangzhou. These were the S-Concepta lowered sedan and the Concept-Ma minivan.

IM engine

Zhiji Motor, an electric vehicle startup, unveiled prototypes of what were to be the first two of five vehicles at a special event in January. It was also around this time that the name, IM (“Intelligence In Motion” was first uttered). The first sedan, the 5.1m long L7, was first shown at Auto Shanghai in April along with the first SUV, the LS7which is now following at the Guangzhou show.


The production version of Zephyr concept was unveiled. This 4.9m long sedan will be built in Chongqing by Changan Ford and like the closely related Ford Mondeo, limited mainly to the PRC. Sales are expected to start in early 2022 and there’s only one engine, a non-electrified 2.0-litre turbo, which sends drive to the front axle via an eight-speed transmission.


the MIFA 9 is an electric minivan which also borrows the name of a SAIC architecture (Maxus Intelligent Flexible Architecture). The production model is closely related to the MIFA concept which was first shown at the Shanghai Motor Show in April.

The MIFA platform is intended for front-, rear- and all-wheel-drive vehicles. The company also claims that it can accommodate both unibody and body-on-frame designs. The MIFA 9 is front-wheel drive and powered by a single motor with stated outputs of 180kW and 350Nm. The ternary lithium battery offers an advertised range of up to 520km (CLTC).

The other Maxus debutante was the fantastic name bull demon king. This beefier version of the T90 pickup has a blacked-out grille, raised suspension and big wheel arch extensions in the style of the Ranger Raptor. Revealed as a prototype at the Chengdu Motor Show in September, it is a slightly modified production version. The engine is SAIC’s 160kW, 500Nm 2.0-litre diesel.

Mitsubishi engines

the Air Trek the name was revived for an electric SUV. Revealed as a prototype at the Shanghai Motor Show in April, the company then announced that the model would be manufactured by the GMMC (GAC Mitsubishi Motors) joint venture. The 4,600mm long production version – on display for the first time at Auto Guangzhou – has a 70kWh battery. GAC’s Aion V Plus is believed to be the base for this model. Sales begin in 2022.


Great Wall Motor’s Pao (also known as Poer) division has revealed a concept called Supercar pickup. It was the modified P / Cannon series with a wild body kit, headlights that looked like they came from the Tank 500 and a significantly lowered suspension.

There were also a few different versions of the Cannon, each called King Kong and with a particular specialty: for example for rescues in the event of natural disasters, or ‘Advancing Agriculture’.


the Clever Mars Edition is the existing mini electric car with its cutaway roof, a green theme inside and out, and alieneque plush toys positioned in the passenger seat (with a little astronaut in the driver’s seat).


Auto Guangzhou saw the start of a new brand for Great Wall Motor. Called Shalong, its first model was revealed to be an angular electric sedan called Jijia Long (mecha dragon).

Songsan Motors

The Chinese retro car specialist wowed another motor show with its latest prototype. This one, called Montereyis an electric vehicle that looks like a 1957 Buick Roadmaster.


Also known as Lantu, Dongfeng’s new luxury brand plans to add a production version of the Dreamer to its range in 2022. The 5,315 mm long prototype of this MPV is distinguished by a particularly imposing grille. Electric and plug-in hybrid variants would be planned.


Guangzhou was a quiet show for the Wey brand still busy adding models, with the main news being a modified Mocca called Cyber ​​Mocca. This concept has radically different front and rear ends. It may be a preview of an additional SUV for the brand.


The electric-only brand has brought a prototype of its future G9 at Auto Guangzhou but did not divulge many details about this large and elegant SUV. It will be manufactured by the company itself (the G3 had been subcontracted to HaiMa Motor) in a second factory in the city of Guangzhou.

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