Shanghai Auto Show: Volkswagen adds crossover ID Crozz to electric concept fleet

Movie star Jackie Chan in white attends the global launch of the Buick Velite 5 a extended range electric hybrid ahead of the Shanghai Auto 2017 show in Shanghai China Tuesday

Volkswagen is working pretty hard to make a great line up that will consist of only EVs. Buzz microbus we saw earlier this year in Detroit, the I.D. Crozz is the third battery-only, self-driving prototype introduced by Volkswagen in the past year-and-a-half.

The I.D. CROZZ was conceptualised as a sporty, interactively designed zero-emission all-rounder - with electric all-wheel drive that is equally impressive in the urban environment as it is on the tracks of an active lifestyle. Volkswagen says it is now developing a fleet of electric vehicles that will start full production in a few years. General Motors Co.'s Buick unit and Ford Motor Co. also have announced new electric vehicles for China this year.

It's the most powerful Mini ever, boasting a turbocharged two-litre four-cylinder engine producing 228 horsepower and 258lb ft of torque, which enable it to reach 100km/h in 6.2 seconds from a standing start.

On Tuesday, Volkwagen AG announced plans to launch a pure-electric auto in China next year with a state-owned partner.

Buick also sells a hybrid version of its LaCrosse sedan in China.

When it comes to the global vehicle market, no single event quite reflects the change in auto manufacturers' global emphasis than Auto China, the motor show that alternates annually between Beijing and Shanghai and this year takes place in the country's financial capital.


The Chinese team is capable of developing entire vehicles, rather than merely customizing designs originated in Europe, Daimler Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche said, adding that how R&D would be divided between China and other Mercedes-Benz research centers remained to be seen.

While it has yet to make a full-year profit, Tesla has been a thorn in the side of traditional automakers and surpassed Ford Motor Co and General Motors Co this month to become the most valuable U.S. automaker. It makes the vehicles spacious having larger cargo space. The unveiling of four affordable electric vehicles in Shanghai is being interpreted as a challenge to Tesla and its upcoming Model 3.

Wolfsburg, Germany-based VW only sells tiny numbers of electric versions of its Golf hatchback and Up! subcompact. However, VW would probably produce a consumer version based on the this concept, as the German auto maker has previously set a goal of selling 1 million EVs yearly by 2025.

In comments that clarified the complicated rules, he stated that a auto could be worth numerous credits, with full-electric cars getting more credits than plug-in hybrids.

Connected Community - Volkswagen will in future interconnect humans, cars and the environment via a Volkswagen User-ID.

The German automaker was slow to develop fully electric cars and has been prone to engineering excesses and bloated costs, which are still evident in weak profit margins at the namesake brand. It's all about VW's seemingly relentless push toward electrification, with a whole new range of electric vehicles arriving from the brand from 2020 onward.

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