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Economic Watch: Global automakers battling for share of China's NEV market

SHANGHAI, April 21 (Xinhua) — Global carmakers are battling to showcase their finest new vitality merchandise on the ongoing Auto Shanghai 2023, mirroring their efforts to realize a share of China’s new vitality automobile (NEV) market amid fierce competitors.

The present’s organizer mentioned that round 1,500 autos are on show on the exhibition, with NEVs accounting for greater than half. The enviornment, dominated by NEVs, additionally foreshadows technological developments within the international auto market.


Chinese auto manufacturers are shifting into the quick lane by going electrical, and they’re quickly taking market share in China, placing extra stress than ever earlier than on established international producers.

According to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, China’s NEV gross sales almost doubled to six.89 million items final 12 months, accounting for over 1 / 4 of the overall vehicle gross sales on this planet’s largest auto market.

Despite a downturn within the general Chinese automobile market within the first three months of this 12 months, NEV gross sales totaled almost 1.59 million items, growing by 26.2 % from a 12 months in the past. The market share of NEVs in China’s auto market topped 26 % throughout the identical interval.

“The speed of growth here is much faster than in other regions of the world,” mentioned Oliver Blume, chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG.

The NEV increase is changing into a driving power for China’s financial development, and can also be considered a vital “growth pole” by international auto firms.

“China is a big automotive market with strong competition, which is positive for the customers, and it shows also the profit pools the Chinese automotive market has got,” Blume mentioned.

Data exhibits that China’s main NEV producer BYD overtook Volkswagen and Toyota to turn out to be the best-selling passenger automobile model within the first quarter in China, with complete gross sales of 440,798 autos.

Emerging native electrical automobile firms, which have additionally seen stellar outcomes, try to advertise their most cutting-edge know-how and merchandise through the exhibition.

NIO debuted its high-end clever electrical SUV ES6 and launched the up to date electrical flagship sedan ET7. The on-site demonstration of its third-generation battery swap station on the sales space wowed the crowds of holiday makers. NIO’s first 10 third-generation battery swap stations have been put into operation on April 13 in 10 Chinese cities, together with Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, with a complete of 1,342 swap stations constructed nationwide.


The new native forces are additionally attracting consideration from Western auto producers that after dominated the Chinese market, in addition to international auto elements suppliers, prompting them to speed up their transformation in response to market modifications.

Blume mentioned he respects all of the competitors and is taken with how different firms suppose. “I will visit Chinese car brands like BYD, NIO, XPeng and others (during the auto show). For me, it’s always inspiring,” he mentioned.

Also holding an in depth eye on developments is Francois Marion, group communications and investor relations senior vice-president of French automotive provider Valeo.

“There are two revolutions that are happening in the automotive world. One is electrification, and the other one is autonomous driving and driver assistance. China is at the forefront in these two directions,” mentioned Marion, including that 18 % of the corporate’s international gross sales final 12 months got here from the Chinese market.

Marion’s feedback have been echoed by Ralf Brandstaetter, chairman and CEO of Volkswagen Group China. “Electromobility and digitalization are the major drivers of the transformation in China. That is why Volkswagen is accelerating the development of intelligent and connected electric vehicles,” he mentioned.

Volkswagen introduced 20 electrical autos to the exhibition, together with Volkswagen ID.7, which made its world debut on the occasion. By the tip of 2030, the group will provide greater than 30 all-electric fashions to prospects in China.

“We come from a very strong position in the ICE (internal combustion engine) market. We want to keep it for the next several years while joining the strong ramp-up curve of electric mobility,” Blume mentioned.

Blume famous that Volkswagen will massively strengthen its native competencies, not just for e-mobility, but in addition within the areas of digitalization and autonomous driving, together with software program and R&D.

The group introduced on the present that it’s going to make investments round 1 billion euros (about 1.1 billion U.S. {dollars}) in a brand new growth, innovation, and procurement heart for totally linked clever electrical autos in Hefei, capital of east China’s Anhui Province.

“In the next five years, we will invest about 180 billion euros and a major part goes into electromobility, digitalization and connectivity, and the products in China will benefit from these investments,” Blume mentioned.

Japanese automaker Toyota unveiled two battery electrical automobile (BEV) idea fashions on the auto present. They might be launched within the Chinese market in 2024 as two of the ten BEV fashions that Toyota plans to launch by 2026.

Even the worldwide luxurious carmakers similar to Maserati have set their sights on the China’s NEV market.

“The number of NEV brands that have been coming out in the last few years in China, and now the quantity of the cars they’ve been able to produce, is staggering,” mentioned Mirko Bordiga, managing director of Maserati Greater China.

On Tuesday, Maserati launched three new automobile merchandise on the present, together with an electrical sports activities automobile and an electrical SUV.

“We propose the electric cars because China is at the front of technology, and the market is growing dramatically, even though it didn’t arrive yet in the same speed of volume in the luxury segments. But it’s just a matter of time,” Bordiga mentioned.

The firm mentioned electrification will play a key position in Maserati’s future technique, with a dedication to provide electrical variations of all its fashions by 2025 and full-electric autos alone by 2030.