Originally a German manufacturer which closed in the 1960s, the Borgward name has been revived by BAIC.
Although still a prototype, the BX7 is primed for production, targeted at the upper mid-sized SUV market. The seven-seat, 4.7m long model features a permanent all-wheel drive system, plug-in hybrid technology, and what Borgward claims is “the latest in communications and entertainment systems”. Its plug-in hybrid system, comprising of an internal combustion engine and electric motor, gets 254bhp.
Qoros 3 Q.LECTRIQ
It’s no secret things haven’t been going according to plan for Qoros. Despite producing well-engineered, essentially German cars in China, they’ve struggled to sell. Meanwhile, European sales, apart from the Slovakian test market, have failed to materialise.
We expected a crossover version the Qoros 3 saloon at the show, but unexpectedly, it was electric too. Range is said to be nearly 220 miles achieving 0-62mph in 7.9secs. Production is due in2017 but it’s unlikely it’ll brings us any closer to full-blown European sales.
Beijing Auto electric supercar
Chinese car giant Beijing Automotive Industry Corporation (BAIC) has unveiled its all-electric supercar concept, called the ArcFox-7, at the Beijing motor show. The car is expected to go on sale later this year. The electric supercar concept follows hot on the heels of the similar Beijing-based Techrules’ AT96 supercar, which produces 1030bhp from an electric motor and a range-extending turbine.
This supercar concept will go from 0-60mph in less than 3.0sec, and has a top speed of 162mph. Battery range is also relatively long at 186 miles - less than the Tesla’s Model S’s reported 250 mile range, but significantly more than the Techrules AT96’s range of 93 miles. At 4570mm in length, 2040mm in width, and with a height of 1214mm, BAIC’s electric supercar concept is the same length, 90mm wider, and 14mm higher than a Ferrari 458. Its wheelbase is 2800mm, which makes it 14mm longer than the 458.