Beijing Auto Show: Honda Concept S, show news #3

April 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

Honda’s Concept S (for ‘stylish’, ‘smart’ and ‘surprise’, says the company) is a hybrid compact MPV to be built by Dongfeng Honda Automobile Co next year; it’ll go on sale in China next year, with global sales to follow. It looks as if it’s Insight-related but with a more wagon-like tail end.

In more Beijing-related news:

  • Toyota has a handful of new concepts, a locally-engineered hybrid saloon called Yundong Shuangqing  and a compact saloon and hatch called Toyota Dear Qin; the latter pair are said to preview low-cost ‘global-strategic’ models for sale (2013), probably in developing markets, and the former foreshadows a whole new range of Chinese-built hybrids, due 2015. Car magazine has the most details, pics, and translations of those names.
  • Can’t get terribly excited about this from an environmental point of view, but anyway… Ferrari  is showing off the latest developments in its HY-KERS (hybrid-kinetic energy recovery) project. The powertrain on display in a glass case in Beijing is probably going to go into a mid-engined super-model to succeed the Enzo later this year; it comprises a 12-cylinder engine, two electric motors and dual-clutch transmission; one of the motors is solely to run the car’s auxilliary systems. Emissions down 40%, acceleration up 10%, apparently, and it goes without saying that it’ll be integrated for optimum weight-distribution and handling balance. More details from Car magazine.
  • The first car from the Nissan-Dongfeng EV venture, Venucia, is the e-concept. Looks a lot like a Leaf. It’ll go on sale in China in 2015.
  • What the Haval? The Great Wall Haval E concept (previewing a Nissan Juke-type crossover/hatch) will surely not make production with its scissor-opening doors intact, but its hybrid-drive tech may well feature in the future as well as conventional petrol powertrains. It combines a 1.3-litre engine, six-speed DCT gearbox and 70kW motor, says Car News China (which has the best pics), and can do 190kph and 0-100kph in eight seconds.
  • GM has updated the Chevrolet EN-V concept – the two-seater networked EV – to add climate control, storage space and weather protection. EN-V 2.0 will take part in trials in China, and “our designers and engineers are exploring a range of options for turning the EN-V concept into a reality,” said Kevin Wale, president and MD, GM China Group. “The EN-V 2.0 concept would use technologies such as the mobility Internet, electrification and telematics.” Full release here.
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