Flying cars as synosure of all eyes at only major auto show 2020

 

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

In view of the overwhelming effects of COVID-19 pandemic on several economies across the world, an electric Mustang and a flying car from one of the most-watched names in the electric-vehicle space right now were among the models on display at the only major automotive show to take place in the world this year.

The Coronavirus pandemic has put paid to some of 2020’s biggest gatherings, but China has largely contained the disease that first emerged in its central city of Wuhan, according to Bloomberg report.

The Beijing Auto Show got underway Saturday, September 26, and while there were fewer foreign car executives thanks to border restrictions, thousands still thronged the huge New China International Exhibition Center eager for a glimpse of what automakers — from marquee international names to EV startups — have in store.

Masks were de rigueur, as were temperature checks. But as cities in Europe re-impose lockdown restrictions and infections in the U.S. soar past seven million, the Beijing event shows China’s success in beating back the virus.

The capital has recorded just one confirmed Covid-19 case since the start of August, according to official data.

The world’s biggest market since 2009, China can still grow because of its relatively low car penetration and rapidly expanding middle class.
At the show, Aston Martin China President Michael Peng noted its clientele are getting ever younger, while Porsche China CEO Jens Puttfarcken sees a fillip from domestic-shackled consumers flush with cash.

Here’s a look at some of this year’s highlights: Beijing International Automotive Exhibition 2020
Hongqi S9 concept
The Hongqi S9 is a hybrid, combining a supercharged V8 with an electric engine that gives it 1,400-horsepower.

Its top speed is around 400 kilometers per hour while it will go from 0 to 100kph in 1.9 seconds.

The new BMW M4 and M3 sports cars feature a brand new grille design up front.

BMW China head Jochen Goller said that the company will release 17 new models in China this year.

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