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GOYANG, November 25 (Korea Bizwire) – Automakers on Thursday showcased a series of electric vehicles at a Seoul motor show as they move away from internal combustion engine vehicles to zero-emission vehicles in a global campaign aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Hyundai Motor Group and German automakers stole the show with their upcoming all-electric models at the 2021 Seoul Mobility Show, which runs through December 5.
Kia Corp., a smaller subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co., launched the all-new Niro EV, while Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz focused on their commitments to phase out sales of new gasoline vehicles. and diesel in South Korea and other leading markets.
In the new Niro, “Kia’s signature Tiger Nose has undergone a complete overhaul extending it from the hood to the fender.
This contrasts with the large lower air intake grille, ”Senior Vice President Karim Habib, in charge of Kia’s global design center, said at a press briefing.
Kia announced that it will launch the Niro EV in the domestic market in the first half of 2022. It also exhibited the all-electric sedan EV6 integrated into Hyundai Motor Group’s Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP).
The maker of the K5 sedan and SUV Sorento plans to expand its range of electric vehicles with 11 models, including seven based on E-GMP, by 2025.
It aims to sell only electric vehicles in Europe from 2035 and in other major markets from 2040.
German automakers have been aggressive in promoting their battery models at the annual auto show held in two years due to the spread of the COVID pandemic and amid a global shortage of chips.
The electric vehicle battery market is on a roll as automakers around the world rush to go electric and environmentally friendly due to more stringent greenhouse gas emissions regulations, which scientists are responsible for global warming.
Audi has offered the e-tron GT, the RS e-tron GT which will launch in Korea next month and the Q4 e-tron SUV which will be available next year, as it plans to fill 35% of its Korean portfolio with zero emissions. models by 2030.
BMW presented the all-electric flagship iX and the iX3 midsize SUVs, as well as the performance models i4 Gran Coupé and i4 M50.
This week, BMW added the iX and iX3 SUVs to its existing electric vehicle lineup consisting of the all-electric i3 subcompact car and the i8 plug-in hybrid sedan. It plans to launch the i4 Gran Coupé 4-door and i4 M50 in the first quarter of 2022.
The i4 M50 will be the first purely electric model in the high performance M range.
Mercedes-Benz presented the new EQS, the first fully electric sedan built on its dedicated electric modular architecture.
Other models on display include the new EQS 450+ AMG range which will hit the Korean market this year and the high-performance AMG EQS 53 4MATIC + which will launch next year.
“We do this with the fundamental belief that the future is electric, and that is why we have boldly redefined our strategy from electric first to electric only,” said Thomas Klein, president and chief executive officer. management of Mercedes-Benz Korea. press conference.
It is clear that these cars will be electric and sustainable in all relevant dimensions and in all segments and sub-brands, he said.
Instead of new models, Hyundai Motor has announced plans to test Level 4 autonomous driving technologies on the IONIQ 5 all-electric car in downtown Seoul in the first half of next year.
The company has announced that it will present a detailed operating plan for the IONIQ 5 Level 4 models as part of the “RoboRide” mobility service next year.
There are five levels of driving automation defined by the US Society of Automotive Engineers International.
A Level 3 car allows lane changes and other autonomous driving functions to work without driver intervention.
At level 4, a vehicle can be driven under limited conditions and will not function if all required conditions are not met. At level 5, the automated driving functions of a vehicle can drive in all conditions.
Hyundai Mobis Co., an auto parts subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Group, showcased Level 4 autonomous driving automation technology in its M.VISION concept at the annual Consumer Electronics Show, the world’s largest consumer-focused conference. consumer technology, in Las Vegas in 2019..
Another German marque Porsche and Italian automaker Maserati did not present any purely electric models at the Seoul exhibition. Currently, Maserati does not have an all-electric model in its lineup, and Porsche sells the pure-electric Taycan sports car.
Japanese automakers and three other local automakers – GM Korea Co., Renault Samsung Motors Corp. and SsangYong Motor Co. – did not attend the show this year.
The Seoul auto show did not take place last year due to fears over the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.