Chery to build cars in Spain (Update)

April 23, 2024

Chinese car manufacturer Chery wants to build cars in Spain, specifically in the former Nissan plant in Barcelona. It will be Chery’s first production facility in Europe. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez sees the partnership between Chery and Ebro-EV Motors as a ‘symbol for the reindustrialization’ of Catalonia and Spain as a whole. This brings […]

Belgian lease car users see Chinese market share grow

April 18, 2024

78% of the Belgian users who drive a company car via the leasing company ALD Automotive/Leaseplan are convinced that the Chinese car manufacturers will have a growing share of the Belgian car market in the future. GfK surveyed 2,211 lease car users at the request of car leaser ALD Automotive/Leaseplan. The respondents were questioned about […]

Chery to share EV platform with European brands

April 16, 2024

Yin Tongyue, chairman of China’s Chery Auto, said the Wuhu-based car manufacturer is planning to sign a deal with a premium European brand through platform cooperation. “Two premium European brands want to use our platform, and a deal will be signed with one of them, which is a more premium brand than us,” Yin said. […]

Volkswagens EV sales slip in Europe but soar in China

April 15, 2024

Sales of electric models from the Volkswagen Group showed strong regional differences in the first quarter of 2024. While sales fell significantly in Europe and the US, the Chinese market stood for outstanding growth. To further cement its position in China, the brand Volkswagen has announced an investment of 2.5 billion euro to expand its […]

Belgian ports face logjam over rising car imports

April 10, 2024

Western European ports, particularly Zeebrugge and Antwerp, face unprecedented challenges as they morph into vast car storage facilities. The influx of vehicles, especially from Asia and America, has outpaced the outflow, leading to significant congestion. The bottleneck has several automakers scouting for inland parking lots to keep up with the pace of factory output. The large […]

Nio integrates GTP’s AI in Nomi voice assistant

April 08, 2024

Like other car brands, such as Skoda and DS, Nio is integrating artificial intelligence into its cars. Nio’s voice assistant, Nomi, recently received a GPT update. GPT stands for Generative Pretrained Transformer, a form of artificial intelligence. We first ‘met’ Nio in the Nio ET7 sedan we drove in May 2023. Nomi is the little […]

Chinese solid state battery maker promises 2,000 km range

April 05, 2024

Tailan New Energy, a Chinese company developing solid-state lithium battery technology, has disclosed significant advancements in its latest prototype cell. In its most recent announcement, the researchers point to an extremely high energy density, aiming to deliver a 2,000-kilometer range for BEVs on a single charge. Tailan isn’t one of the household names in solid-state […]

CATL announces bus battery with 1.5 million km or 15-year lifespan

April 04, 2024

China’s biggest battery manufacturer, Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd. (CATL), has announced a commercial vehicle battery with a lifespan of 1.5 million kilometers or a 15-year warranty. It was developed with one of the world’s biggest bus makers, Zhengzhou Yutong Bus Co. Ltd., but the battery also suits light and heavy trucks. The new lithium […]

Smart ForTwo production ends at Hambach

April 04, 2024

The page is officially turned. After over 25 years, the Hambach, France, plant has churned out its last Smart ForTwo. It’s the end for the small 2.5-m car that was seen as a revolution in urban transport. The Hambach plant, often nicknamed ‘Smartville,’ has produced up to 140,000 cars yearly. However, the plant, which benefited […]

Waiting up to seven months for smartphone maker Xiaomi’s first EV

April 02, 2024

It looks like enthusiasts who want to buy Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi’s first electric car, the SU7 sedan, will need the patience of a saint for some versions. Delivery times can stretch up to seven months due to the surprise demand already present in the first hours of pre-ordering. In less than 24 hours, nearly […]

China files WTO complaint over ‘discriminatory’ US subsidy scheme

April 01, 2024

China has escalated its confrontation with the United States over electric vehicle (EV) subsidies by filing a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO). Beijing deems the practices under the US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) “discriminatory”. It feels targeted in particular and believes they are a form of unfair competition in the changing automotive market. […]

BYD making biggest profit ever further stokes up Chinese price war

March 28, 2024

With the comfortable certainty of 30 billion yuan (€3,83 billion) profit made in 2023, the top Chinese EV maker BYD can afford to fuel further the price war it initiated to prove electric cars can be sold even cheaper than their ICE siblings. Next in a long row, seeing its price lowered by 5%, is […]

Russia restarts production Citroën C5 bypassing Stellantis

March 28, 2024

For the first time since the outbreak of the Ukrainian war, a Russian factory has rebooted the manufacture of a Western car model. The automotive plant in Kaluga has officially started churning out Citroën C5 Aircross models for the local market. Citroën-owner Stellantis admits having lost control in the region. The PSMA Rus facility, as […]

NIO’s ‘family EV’ sub-brand coming to Europe as ‘Onvo’

March 15, 2024

Chinese premium EV maker NIO has chosen ‘Onvo’ as the English name for the line of affordable ‘family electric cars’ it will sell in Europe. In China, it’s called Ledao (乐道), which means as much as ‘happy road’, according to founder and CEO William Li. Under the ‘Alps’ codename, it has been developing a mass-market […]

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi brings first EV SU7 to market

March 13, 2024

China’s fifth-largest smartphone maker, Xiaomi, unveiled its first electric car in late December. The company confirms that it will bring its first EV SU7 to market on March 28th, when prices should be known. The Xiaoni SU7 is the brand’s first foray into the automotive industry. It’s a mid-size electric sedan powered by two electric […]

Mercedes-boss urges EU to lower not raise tariffs on Chinese EVs

March 13, 2024

In an interview with the Financial Times on Tuesday, Mercedes-Benz CEO Ola Källenius made a remarkable statement, rubbing up his French competitors by urging the European Commission to lower tariffs on Chinese EV imports instead of raising them. This would force European carmakers to make better cars, he added. “I’m a contrarian,” he said in […]

Blow for hydrogen growth: cost of electrolyzers soars

March 08, 2024

Hydrogen, regarded as one of the critical energies for decarbonizing heavy road transport and the steel industry, faces a new hurdle. The cost of its quintessential production tool, the electrolyzer, is rising steeply instead of reaching affordability. That’s not according to plan. A recent report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), the 2024 Electrolyser Price […]

EU prepares ‘possible retroactive tariffs’ on Chinese EV imports

March 06, 2024

According to a document published on Tuesday and cited by the Reuters news agency, the EU Commission says it has sufficient evidence ‘tending’ to show Chinese EVs were being subsidized, and it will start ‘customs registrations’ on Thursday to prepare for possible retroactive tariffs. That means that import tariffs could be imposed retrospectively if the […]

Leapmotor launches cheap electric family SUV C10 in China

March 05, 2024

Leapmotor, the Chinese start-up with backing from Stellantis, has launched its first ‘global’ model: the C10, an electric or range-extended family SUV with a very aggressive price point. The model is now available in China for around €16,500, with an international launch following later this year. Leapmotor first presented the C10 at the IAA in […]

BYD cuts price of best-seller Yuan Plus/Atto 3 with 12% in China

March 05, 2024

After announcing new price cuts every day last week for nearly every model in its lineup, BYD announced a 12% price reduction for its best-selling compact SUV, the Yuan Plus, better known in Europe as the Atto 3. In China, the Yuan Plus Glory Edition has a starting price of 119,800 yuan (€15,338). In Belgium, […]

Beherman Motors to import Chinese Farizon e-vans in Benelux

March 01, 2024

Beherman Motors has signed an agreement with the Chinese brand Farizon to import and distribute in the Benelux region. The well-known family importer, tied to Mitsubishi, Mazda, Saab, and BMW in the past, taps further into the opportunity of the nascent eLCV market and aims at a share of 5%. Farizon, a subsidiary of the […]

Volkswagen inks its deal with Xpeng for two ‘smart e-cars’ for China

March 01, 2024

German carmaker Volkswagen has inked a Master Agreement with Chinese partner Xpeng on strategic technical collaboration to develop two ‘smart e-car’ models in the Chinese market’s mid-size (B) segment. These two first models should hit the market in 2026. For the time being, the collaboration is only for the Chinese market. Still, earlier in July […]

Chinese price war: BYD lowers Han sedan price by 14% (update)

February 29, 2024

China’s top EV maker, BYD, keeps on pushing further in the price war it started two weeks ago, now targeting the mid-to-high-end EV market, according to Chinese media, by lowering the prices of its Han sedan and Tang SUV hybrids by 11 to 14%. The fully electric Han gets an update as ‘Glory Edition’ costing […]

Zeekr refreshes beefed up 001 flagship and cuts prices

February 28, 2024

Swedish-Chinese Zeekr, the sister company to Volvo and Lynk & Co, and positioned as one of Geely’s premium brands, has refreshed and beefed up its 001 shooting brake flagship and cut prices in China drastically in the hope of doubling slacking sales to 230,000 cars in 2024. China is seeing a new price war in […]

New MG3 defies hybrid Toyota Yaris and Renault Clio

February 27, 2024

MG has set its sights on Toyota and Renault with a new generation of the MG3. The car replaces its gasoline-only range with a hybrid driveline that is more powerful and has a more extended electric range than its contenders. Simultaneously, ambitions are expanding, as MG will introduce the previously UK-only city car in other […]

SAIC to bring IM Motors’ L6 electric saloon to Europe

February 23, 2024

IM Motors, the joint venture between e-commerce giant Alibaba and Chinese car manufacturer SAIC (MG, Maxus), is coming to Europe with the L6 electric saloon. It will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show with a promised range of up to 800 km thanks to a solid-state battery. IM Motors (Intelligent in Motion) was […]

BYD to debut first plug-in hybrid for Europe in Geneva

February 23, 2024

Chinese carmaker BYD will showcase a plug-in version of its Seal U SUV at the 2024 Geneva Motor Show. The new high-range plug-in hybrid should be sold in European markets with low EV demand. In addition to a plug-in SUV, BYD will also present its Yangwang luxurious sub-brand to the public with the U8 full-size […]

Watch NIO’s ET9 shake the snow off its body like a Husky

February 19, 2024

In a remarkable video posted on Weibo, Chinese premium EV maker NIO has demonstrated a feature of its flagship sedan ET9’s SkyRide chassis system that will please customers in the High North. Like a Husky awakening in the snow in the morning, the car is shaking all the snow off its body during winter testing, […]

Chinese BYD on bed of roses expecting 86.5% profit growth

January 30, 2024

BYD (Build Your Dreams), the Chinese car manufacturing giant that dethroned Tesla as the world’s biggest EV maker, expects to be on a bed of roses with a profit growth of 86.5%. That’s up to between 29 billion and 31 billion yuan (€3,98 billion) for 2023 compared to the previous year, driven by solid sales […]

British-Chinese LEVC L380 electric minivan in pre-production

January 29, 2024

London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC), a subsidiary of the Chinese Geely Group, has started prototype production of its second model, the L380. This sizeable electric minivan has a brand-new architecture designed for optimal space usage and a large battery capacity. The model will go on sale in China in 2024, with other markets following later. […]

Upgraded BYD Tang gets bigger battery and more range

January 29, 2024

Over a year after its European launch, BYD’s Tang EV is set for an upgrade, including a larger battery and improved features. The Chinese carmaker wants to increase its appeal to compete with the Tesla Model Y, the best-selling car worldwide, last year. An essential upgrade component is the Tang’s battery capacity, which will increase […]

BYD considers bringing its hybrid off-road SUVs to Europe

January 22, 2024

Chinese auto manufacturing group BYD is reportedly considering expanding its European range with hybrid off-road models from its sub-brands Yangwang and Fangchengbao. The former is a 1200-hp luxury vehicle with tank turn capability, and the latter is a more affordable SUV that could rival the Toyota Land Cruiser and Land Rover Defender. BYD is expanding […]

BYD Sea Lion 07 specs leak ahead of launch

January 17, 2024

BYD expands its Ocean line-up with the Sea Lion 07, a mid-size electric Coupé-SUV that should compete with the Tesla Model Y. Ahead of its official launch in the first half of 2024, China’s MIIT leaks the new model’s technical specifications. The Sea Lion 07 will have three powertrain variants, including two single-motor versions and […]

Chinese BYD commissions first of four giant car carriers

January 17, 2024

BYD (Build Your Dreams) has commissioned the first of what will probably become a fleet of four giant ro-ro ferries with up to 7 000 cars to ‘fuel’ its expansion into Europe. According to Chinese press agency Xinhua, the BYD Explorer 1 has set sail from China’s southern city of Shenzhen to the Dutch port […]

BYD’s YangWang U7 sedan another German premium challenger

January 11, 2024

Chinese BYD (Build Your Dreams) just unveiled on Weibo ‘out of the blue’ the new super sedan under its premium YangWang brand name, the U7, which is yet another challenger for German premium brands like Porsche, Mercedes, and BMW. Previously, only some European patent images of the sedan appeared, identified as ‘U6’. But apart from […]

Chinese Yanfeng shows EV’s Smart Seat of the future

January 09, 2024

Yanfeng, a Shanghai-based multinational automotive supplier specializing in interior components, has presented its vision of the EV interior of the future at CES 2024 in Las Vegas. The Smart Cabin Seat integrates most controls, entertainment, safety systems, and even climate control directly into the seat. Yanfeng claims this Smart Cabin Seat results from multiple studies […]

‘Only 7 to 20% of Belgian lease drivers prepared to choose Chinese EV’

January 09, 2024

While most Belgian car drivers generally stick devotedly loyal to trusted European or to lesser extent Japanese quality, and up to 80% don’t trust Chinese cars, 52% of the professional lease drivers start admitting these ‘Dragons on Wheels’, EVs with an attractive price and lots of high techs, could be a good deal. The distrust […]

BYD lays first stone of 30 GWh sodium-ion battery plant

January 08, 2024

China’s top-selling automaker has started constructing a factory for sodium-ion batteries in the Xuzhou region. The plant will be scaled up to produce 30 GWh annually, with packs primarily intended for use in scooters, motorcycles, and smaller vehicles. The factory collaborates with the Chinese tricycle brand HuaiHai through BYD’s subsidiary Findreams Battery. Both partners are […]

BYD wants to be the world’s number one by 2030 (update)

January 03, 2024

The Chinese car manufacturer BYD (Build Your Dreams) has a very ambitious goal: to become the world’s biggest car manufacturer and overtake Toyota and other VWs by 2030. It is now the biggest producer of electrified cars in the world. BYD sold a record number of new energy vehicles (NEVs) in December, reaching its full-year […]

Smartphone maker Xiaomi unveils first EV, the SU7

December 29, 2023

Chinese electronics giant Xiaomi has unveiled its very first car in China. The new SU7 is a mid-size electric sedan powered by two electric motors up to 673 hp. Not only does Xiaomi claim it can reach 100 kph in only 2,78 seconds, but it also has a range of 800 km (CLTC). Xiaomi is […]

VW-controlled JAC launches first EV with sodium-ion battery

December 28, 2023

JAC, China’s partly state-owned EV maker, controlled by Volkswagen, has launched the world’s first mass-produced electric car, equipped with a sodium-ion (Na+ ) battery pack, a promising cheaper alternative to today’s lithium-ion batteries. The advantage of Na-ion batteries is the natural abundance and lower cost of sodium compared to lithium. In addition, Na-ion batteries are […]

Geely launches Galaxy E8 premium EV in China at under €25K

December 20, 2023

Giant Chinese automaker group Geely is launching its first Galaxy-branded EV in its home market. The E8 is a large electric sedan that claims to have the lowest drag coefficient of any production vehicle but also one of the lowest prices seen so far in the Chinese EV market at 180 000 yuan or under […]

BYD’s Song L to make things hot for Model Y in China

December 19, 2023

Giant carmaker group BYD has launched its new Song L electric crossover in China. It can be equipped with a 71,8 kWh or 87 kWh battery offering up to 662 km of range and 517 hp. The Song L packs BYD’s specific technologies, such as the Disus-C suspension and cell-to-body battery integration. With a design […]

French EVs beat Chinese with new eco-bonus and social lease

December 15, 2023

The French government has unveiled its new plans for subsidizing the electric transition. Next to the details of the social lease at €100 per month for households with a fiscal income inferior to 15 400 euros, it also published the final list of cars eligible for the new Ecobonus. Windfall for the local manufacturers as […]

Maxus eDeliver7 one-ton electric van arrives in Benelux

December 14, 2023

Maxus’ new mid-size electric van, the eDeliver 7, has arrived in the Benelux. It features a WLTP range of up to 370 km thanks to battery packs of up to 88 kWh. It has a cargo space of up to 6,7 m³ thanks to a long-wheelbase version, with a payload of up to 1 125 […]

CATL’s EV-skateboard promises 1.000 km at 10.5 kWh/100 km

December 04, 2023

The world’s biggest battery maker today, Chinese CATL, just announced it has finished testing its own EV skateboard platform to be used by third-party carmakers, achieving an amazingly low 10.5 kWh/100 km energy consumption. That’s good for a range of 1 000 km for EVs built on it. The first car to use CIIC, a […]

BMW and Mercedes to deploy joined charging network in China

November 30, 2023

On Thursday, BMW Brilliance Automotive Ltd. and Mercedes-Benz Group China Ltd. announced that they had agreed to establish a 50/50 joint venture in China to operate a high-power charging network. The aim is to provide Chinese customers with premium charging services. The joint venture aims to establish a network of at least 1 000 high-power […]

VW to develop affordable EVs for China (Update)

November 29, 2023

Volkswagen is reportedly planning its own vehicle platform (derived from the current MEB) in China for low-cost electric cars to meet local customer needs better – as many components as possible are to be sourced from China. Only later would the platform possibly be used in other countries. The German newspaper Handelsblatt reported the development, […]

Lotus launches its own 450 kW chargers in China

November 28, 2023

British engineering company and sports car manufacturer Lotus, under the wings of the Chinese Geely Group, has launched its own DC fast-charging infrastructure in China with chargers up to 450 kW and a modular unit for charging up to four vehicles at once. The company is committed to becoming an all-electric global luxury technology brand […]

EVs make China world export leader in cars

November 27, 2023

At the same time as analyzing the BEV sales in Europe and, especially, Germany, the German Center of Automotive Management (CAM) was also paying attention to the largest car market in the world, China. Where BEV sales in Europe between January and October 2023 amounted to 1,63 million passenger cars, an increase of 45% compared […]

BYD’s Sea Lion 07 adds to Ocean tidal wave of products

November 21, 2023

BYD has expanded its Ocean line-up of vehicles even further with the Sea Lion 07, a new electric coupé-SUV that kicks off a new subcategory within the Ocean series. The mid-size SUV is set to compete with the Tesla Model Y in size but with a much more affordable price tag. The BYD Sea Lion […]

Li Mega MPV adds to influx of Chinese electric minivans

November 20, 2023

Li Auto, a Chinese car manufacturer founded in 2015, has unveiled its first battery-electric model: the Li Mega MPV. This seven-seater adds to the recent influx of electric minivans made in China. However, Li Auto promises low energy consumption and super-fast charging thanks to an 800 V CATL Qilin battery. The Li Mega is the […]

Huawei’s Avatr 12 launched: 700-km range and no rear window

November 14, 2023

Avatr, the collaboration between Changan, CATL, and Huawei, has released its second model: the four-door coupé Avatr 12, following the SUV Avatr 11. It features a 700-km range, lots of high-end equipment, and up to 578 hp, with deliveries starting in December. 2022 saw the launch of Avatr with the Avatr 11, a large premium […]

Stellantis’ new Chinese strategy is a marriage with Leapmotor

October 27, 2023

Stellantis has bought a stake of 20% in the Chinese start-up for electric vehicles Leapmotor. Beyond reinforcing its grip on the Chinese market, the car giant has also stepped into a joint venture for export to nearby Asian countries and Europe. The deal is worth 1,5 billion euros. The news was rumored already since summer. […]

BYD presents new e-buses with Blade battery at Busworld Brussels

October 10, 2023

BYD has brought a whole fleet of new electric buses to Busworld in Brussels, which runs from 7 to 12 October. The highlights include a new B12 model with a Blade battery within the chassis and a BYD-UNVI DD13 double-decker bus. Chinese manufacturer BYD is not only present in the European car market, with models […]

CALB unveils battery with 25-year lifecycle

October 10, 2023

Giant Chinese battery cell producer CALB has unveiled a new battery with an impressive estimated lifecycle at RE+ 2023, the energy solution exhibition in Las Vegas. Named 314Ah, referencing its capacity, the new cell can withstand 15 000 full charge cycles. According to CALB, it’s the equivalent of 25 years. Moreover, the Chinese battery expert […]

Omoda targets Benelux market with a sub-40.000 euro car (update)

October 03, 2023

Omoda is the name of a new Chinese brand, part of the Chinese car manufacturer Chery Automobile. The brand will first be introduced in Belgium and Luxembourg at the beginning of 2024. The first car introduced is the Omoda 5, a fully electric SUV that will be sold at just under €40 000 for the […]

Chinese Chery brands Omoda, Jaecoo, and Exlantix coming to Germany

September 28, 2023

Chinese state-owned carmaker Chery Automobile is coming to Germany in 2024 with three brands, offering a mix of models, price points, and even drive types, with both ICE and EV cars on offer. Should the launch succeed, a local production site is also considered. The report comes from the German business magazine WirtschaftsWoche, which says […]

Lingxi: new Chinese brand from Honda dedicated to youth

September 26, 2023

Dongfeng Honda, a joint venture between these Chinese and Japanese brands, has announced the creation of a whole new brand for the Chinese market. Lingxi has been unveiled at a special event showcasing the brand’s latest concept car, the Lingxi L. This study announces a range of new EVs, including a sedan, based on an […]

China approves ultra-high DC charging standard

September 26, 2023

Chinese authorities have published three critical aspects of the upcoming ultra-high DC charging standard. The ChaoJi-1 connector clarifies that China will continue to use a proprietary national standard in the future. This new charging unit supports up to 1,2 MW and is compatible with CHAdeMO3.1. Not only does it support higher power, but it’s also […]