Chinese Brands At 2017 Shanghai Auto Show: From Concept To Production Models From Nio to Lynk & Co.

Apr 24, 2017 05:30 AM EDT | Andrew Davis


During the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show, Chinese automakers also took the stage by storm by showcasing their own brands and creations, from concept models to production versions. Here's a list of an automotive market that is a force to be reckoned with.

The auto show set the stage for Chinese brands to showcase the newest and latest China's automakers have to offer. Also, this was another opportunity for international automakers to gauge other competition.

A day after Skoda launched the Vision E, Roewe, which used to be Britain's Rover brand that was purchased by the Chinese over a decade ago, launched its Vision-E Concept. This is an electric SUV that is set to hit the Chinese car market in 2018.

It's pretty much a good-looking car with swooping lines, exuding a sporty aura, and with an enormous grille. However, its one major problem is its name, Vision-E, which is relatively the same as Skoda's Vision E, minus the hyphen (-). Alongside the Vision-E is the ERX5, a crossover vehicle from the automaker.

The original Chinese luxury auto brand, Hongqi, launched at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show its S-Concept. Plus, BYD unveiled its brand new the Dynasty electric crossover concept in its Song series at the auto show.

And there's Lynk & Co, Geely's new digital age auto brand and global arm. The automaker used the auto show to debut the production-ready version of the 01 luxury compact crossover.

Clearly drawing inspiration from the Range Rover, the Changan unveiled its CS55 crossover. However, the only odd thing about this CUV is that it sports steel wheels that seem to be too small for a vehicle of this size.

Set to compete with Toyota C-HR and Nissan Juke, Chery's Tiggo Sport Coupe Concept is somewhat a sportier version of the Tiggo 7. This specific brand is mostly familiar to Russians.

The highlights of the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show included Haval's HB03 Hybrid and H6 SUV. But what caught the audience's attention is the unique BJ80 from Beijing Automotive, thanks to its rugged military exterior complete with an armored body.

Also appearing at the auto show is Beijing Automotive's Senova brand with its D50 sedan. And not missing out is Zotye with 2 vehicles: the T300 and the SR9, a Porsche Macan lookalike.

But let's not forget the Nio and its ES8, which fully reflects its electric nature, shown alongside the EP9 supercar. The message that Nio wants to show is clear: it wants to compete with Tesla's Model X. The ES8 will go on sale this year.

It was a pretty exciting event at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show. The show is still set to be open for public viewing until April 28 at the National Exhibition and Convention Center. So, what do you think of the Chinese brands that seem to have shown pretty much competitive concept and production models for the auto market?

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