This Shenzhen-based car maker is renowned as being the world’s largest producer of hybrid based road cars and a specialist in lithium-ion battery technology for electric cars. However, BYD wasn’t pushing its driveline technology so much as its new design lineage, which goes under the name Dynasty, at the Shanghai motor show this year.
Created under the guise of its new design boss Wolfgang Egger, formerly design chief at Audi, it is expected to influence the appearance of a new generation of BYD models, both for the domestic Chinese market and a number of key export markets. The distinctive Dynasty styling was applied to concepts of a new up-market SUV and MPV – both of which are planned to go into production in 2018 with new generation petrol-electric hybrid systems.
Little known SWM was behind one of the true surprises of this year’s Shanghai motor show with the unveiling of the Eroe – a highly contemporary styled, electric powered crossover concept that is planned to see production by the end of the decade as an addition to the Chinese car maker’s limited line-up. SWM, originally founded as an Italian motorcycle brand in 1971, was purchased by Xinyuan Holdings in 2014.
Headquarted in Chongqing, a city in south west China, with a population of over 18 million, its first passenger car, the X7, was launched in 2016 as part of a joint venture operation that goes under the name Brilliance Shineray, a company jointly owned by Brilliance Auto and Xinyuan Holdings. With its close links to Brilliance Auto which builds a wide range of BMW models for the domestic Chinese market, rumours are the EROE could be developed to production maturity using proprietary technology from BMW.