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    Report: Next-gen Nissan Leaf will look more mainstream, have more range
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    The next-generation Nissan Leaf battery-electric vehicle will look better and go farther on a single charge, company executives tell Automotive News. How much better and how much farther remains to be seen, as does the timing on when the new version will be available to the public. Nissan ...

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    Official: Tang SUV illuminates BYD's new 5-4-2 strategy
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    Translated into American-friendly figures, BYD may as well call its new numeric-driven strategy "5-4-118." Of course, that doesn't have the same ring as "5-4-2." Those are the numbers on which the China-based vehicle maker is basing its performance and efficiency goals for all future vehicle ...

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    Official: VW ready to spend $25B on at least 6 EVs in China by 2018
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    Standing next to the lovely GTE plug-in hybrid during the Beijing Motor Show, VW CEO Martin Winterkorn announced a renewed, $25-billion focus for the German automaker on electric mobility in China. EVs + China is not a new equation for VW (see here and here and here), but the time is now for the ...

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    Beijing: Chinese Nissan Leaf goes on sale in September as Venucia e30
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    The upcoming Chinese version of the Nissan Leaf, the Venucia e30, was not the highlight of the Dongfeng Nissan stand at this year's Beijing Motor Show. That honor goes to the R30, a compact car with "segment-competitive fuel economy" and a starting price of under RMB 50,000 ($8,033 US). But that ...

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    Official: Volvo S60L Petrol Plug-in Hybrid is the full package
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    At next week's Beijing Motor Show, Volvo is set to introduce a new member of its plug-in hybrid family. The company has had success with the world's first diesel PHEV, the V60 plug-in hybrid, but the new S60L is dubbed a PPHEV. The extra P stands for petrol. "This is our most technologically ...

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    Report: Volkswagen could build plug-in hybrids in China
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    When you're Europe's largest automaker and your largest global market happens to be the one most notorious for its pollution (China), some solutions just present themselves. Volkswagen may be heeding that call. During the upcoming Beijing Motor Show, the company is expected to announce plans to ...

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    Official: Volkswagen's People's Car Project in China offers three concepts, including a hovering EV
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    Last year, Volkswagen commenced its People's Car Project in China to create crowdsourced concepts of the VW of the future. More than 33 million people visited the site, and three concepts were created from the inputs: the Music Car, the Hover Car and the Smart Key. The Music Car is a Beetle ...

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    Beijing: Zaptera! The Aptera 2e resurfaces in China as Zap Jonway product *UPDATE
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    You know that feeling you get when, after a few years, you remeet your biggest crush from high school and begin fantasizing about actually hooking up for real, only to be jerked back to harsh reality by the appearance of their present paramour? Well then, that is the emotional roller coaster we ...

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    Beijing: CH Auto's Lithia EV strikes an Audi-like profile in China
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    There's a certain German sports car that the designers at CH Auto might have been dreaming about before they penned the Lithia. We don't think this kind of inspiration is anywhere near criminal, though, and before anyone broaches the topic of Chinese design, they should know that the CH Auto's ...

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    Official: Coda teams with Great Wall to produce global, affordable EV
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    This could be big. It looks like Coda Automotive's follow up to its Sedan might have an especially desirable quality: a low price tag. The California company's cooperative effort with Great Wall Motors has moved on from its LoI (Letter of Intent) status to the official ...

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    Beijing: Toyota Dear Qin hatch, sedan foreshadow new global FWD models [w/video]
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    Details on the pair of Dear Qin concepts that Toyota unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show this week are sparse, but they do hint at something interesting coming to every market where the Japanese automaker sells cars. Calling them "global-strategic concepts," Toyota says the sedan and hatchback ...

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    Beijing: Audi tries hand at luxury PHEVs with A6 L e-tron concept
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    Audi has finally spread its plug-in hybrid technology to the A6 L. The German automaker unveiled the A6 L e-Tron technology study on Monday at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show, complete with an all-electric driving range of nearly 50 miles at 37 mph. Liquid-cooled lithium-ion batteries power the ...

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    Beijing: BYD brings Denza EV, Qin plug-in hybrid to Beijing
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    BYD is making multiple splashes at the Beijing, both with its own line-up of vehicles and its new Denza electric vehicle partnership with Daimler. This is the first time we have seen the Denza vehicle, and it's got some interesting touches. The cabin is easy-access thanks to rear suicide doors ...

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    Beijing: Chery's completely unusual @Ant concepts hook up
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    Chery has brought one of the most unusual concept vehicles – actually and importantly, two such vehicles – to the Beijing Motor Show this week. Wonder what you're looking at in the picture above? How about a conceptual "road train" system where the individual cars can attach and ...

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    Beijing: Honda surprises with wild Concept C and Concept S showcars in China
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    Honda has used the 2012 Beijing Motor Show to launch two new concept cars that it says "show the direction of mass-production models Honda will introduce to the market next year." First up is the imaginatively named Concept C. According to the automaker, 'C' stands for "Cool, "Challenge" and ...

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    Beijing: BMW i8 Spyder takes to the stage bearing eDrive name
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    BMW has created the BMW i sub-brand for its upcoming production plug-in models, which currently include three concepts: the i3, i8 and the i8 Spyder. After keeping that third model away from our eager cameras at the New York Auto Show, BMW finally showed off the i8 Spyder Concept in the metal at ...

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    Official: Volkswagen E-Bugster concept lowers its lid in Beijing
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    Back in January at the Detroit Auto Show, Volkswagen unveiled a concept car called the E-Bugster. A chopped-down, electric-powered Beetle roadster, the E-Bugster cut a lean, mean, green profile. The only thing that was missing, ironically, was a chance to see the convertible with its top off. If ...

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    Beijing: BYD's Beijing Motor Show line-up includes Chin Dual Mode, remote-controlled F3
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    Looks like we got the name wrong, or at least the English version. Instead of Qin, as we noted yesterday, the new plug-in vehicle that BYD is going to unveil at the Beijing Motor Show next week will be called Chin. That's it in the picture above. BYD says the Chin will "Lead the EV way" with the ...

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    Official: Pics Aplenty: Citroën to roll out sexy Numero 9 plug-in concept [w/video]
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    Citroën has finally given the world a closer look at the company's next DS design study. The French automaker is set to introduce the DS line to China this year, and the Numero 9 design study is set to mark the occasion. Citroën will officially unveil the concept at this month's Beijing ...

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    Report: Chevrolet looking to trademark "Crossvolt" moniker
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    General Motors has submitted an application to trademark "Crossvolt" as a possible name for the bigger, MPV-style version of the Chevrolet Volt that's in the works. Chevrolet's patent application for the Crossvolt handle doesn't mean it's settled on a name for the family-friendly plug-in just ...

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