The BMW Concept Compact Sedan stole many of the Guangzhou motor show headlines, but there was also plenty of content from local brands at China’s main autumn showcase.
A preview of a new 2 Series saloon that could be a rival for the Audi A3 Saloon and Mercedes-Benz CLA, the Concept Compact Sedan has been designed largely with the Chinese market in mind, with some suggestion that it could be a China-only model altogether. Look beyond the fancy door handles and door mirrors and the concept isn't far off a production vehicle. The same can be said for the high-tech cabin, which features a head-up display and in 8.8in infotainment screen. In the rear it is currently a two-seater - although the production version is likely to be switched to a more conventional bench layout.
The local brands aren’t standing still, though. Volvo owner Geely announced its Blue Geely initiative just before the show, promising a complete overhaul of its product range from 2016. The ambitious aim is for ‘new-energy vehicles’ (electric cars, mainly) to make up 90% of the company’s sales.
To reflect the announcement, Geely used Guangzhou to wheel out the Emgrand EV, a new model based on the firm’s popular EC series. The neat notchback boasts a respectable maximum range of 330km (205 miles) at 60km/h (38mph), with a real-world average range of 157 miles and a 0-62mph time of 9.9sec. Geely is already promising that the car’s range will increase to 400km (249 miles) by 2018.