SHANGHAI — Global automakers will be flexing their muscle in China’s electric vehicle market in the next few years. And the auto show in Beijing will give Chinese consumers a glimpse of what’s coming.
China has seen a swarm of local EV startups as the government encouraged zero-emission transportation. But those companies mostly have been smaller ventures. The industry’s global giants have been slower to create EV portfolios there.
The competition between local automakers and international brands is beginning to simmer.
Only a few automakers have tipped their hand on what products they intend to display at the Beijing show, set to begin Sept. 26 after a five-month delay. But Chinese showgoers are certain to notice a wave of global competition heading to local showrooms.
Nissan Motor Co. said last week it will showcase its upcoming Ariya EV, which the Japanese automaker is calling its most important new product. It will be the first time the electric crossover will be shown publicly outside Japan after its global debut in Yokohama in July.
Nissan currently assembles only one EV model in China — the battery-powered Sylphy compact sedan. The Ariya, expected to go on sale in China in late 2021, is one of several new EVs Nissan plans to roll out here.
Nissan will introduce six additional full-electric vehicles in China by the first quarter of 2024 as part of its vehicle-electrification plan for the market, its China chief Shohei Yamazaki said in August.
While declining to disclose its product plans for Beijing, Toyota Motor Corp. told Automotive News last week that EVs will be the main theme of its exhibits. Toyota builds two EV models in China — battery versions of the C-HR and Izoa crossovers — as well