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The Salon of the Absent Chinese and Lucid showcased in Geneva

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The Salon of the Absent Chinese and Lucid showcased in Geneva

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The one in Geneva, which closes tomorrow, was the show of the absentees who perhaps do not have all the reasons for a lack of presence which penalizes above all the public of an event that has made the history of the automobile and where legendary models have been seen. If it is true that car exhibitions no longer exist in the format of a few years ago (after all, the GIMS had not been held since Covid), it is not clear what forms of aggregation for interested enthusiasts have taken their place. However, the first to no longer believe in the shows are the manufacturers themselves, with rare exceptions, this is the case of Renault which was present in force at the Geneva event, including Dacia, despite the unheeded call for team spirit which for the Italian CEO Luca De Meo would be crucial for a sector that is facing crucial economic challenges.

Taking the place of the many absent ones were mainly the Chinese brands determined to land in Europe with an offering of models at unprecedented levels in terms of quality and technology. This is the case of BYD which debuted the first Seal U DM-i plug-in in Geneva. Derived from the Seal sedan, the SUV is 4,775 mm long with a trunk with a capacity between 525 and 1,440 litres. Inside there’s a 15.6-inch screen that rotates 90 degrees and leatherette seats, premium audio and wireless charging for smartphones. The Seal U DM-i has a 1,500 cc 109 hp petrol engine, combined with a 197 hp electric unit capable of sprinting the car from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.2 seconds. The battery has a capacity of 17.6 kWh to offer an electric range of 101 km. The Chinese giant then exhibited the U8, the super SUV of the premium brand YangWang. a 1,200 hp electric vehicle which, however, will not be marketed in Europe for now.

The Chinese MG3, a compact full hybrid that openly challenges the Toyota Yaris. It is powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine with Atkinson cycle which delivers 194 hp

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Another Chinese brand from the Saic group, but British with an ancient name, is MG which is exhibiting the new MG3 at the event, a model probably destined to gain market share in Italy too. It is a full hybrid that will form the basis of the brand’s offering. Compact dimensions, it is 4,113 mm long, a 293 liter trunk with 5 seats on board and a weight of 1285 kg. The engine is a 1,500 cc aspirated full hybrid Atkinson cycle with 194 hp for a range of 23 km on one liter of petrol. On board there is a double 7-inch display for the instrument panel and 12.25 inches for infotainment. Mg then debuts in Geneva the premium IM Motors brand which will arrive in Europe in 2025 with the L6, an electric sedan with solid state batteries for 800 km of autonomy and lithium batteries for 600 km. Then offered in an SUV version, the LS6, with a 776 hp dual motor and 0-100 km/h in 3.4 seconds.

However, the Lucid Air brand arrives from the USA and exhibited two new products in Geneva, the Pure electric sedan in the rear-wheel drive version and also destined for the European market where Lucid Air is currently present in four countries, Germany, Holland and Norway. and Switzerland. But above all the Gravity, a seven-seater luxury SUV with a range of over 700 km. The platform of the new Gravity was developed for a sports SUV: it is the latest generation of Lucid’s powertrain which generates 800 hp of power and allows you to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds. Charging supports up to 350 kW, to add 320 km of range in just 15 minutes. 5 meters long, 2 meters wide and 1.65 meters high, the Gravity has a wheelbase that exceeds three metres. The cabin is huge with plenty of space, but it’s also versatile: the second and third rows of seats fold down for a load capacity of almost 3,200 litres. Pininfarina represented Made in Italy in Geneva and continues to invest in Italian style even after 95 years. At the 2024 Motor Show it exhibited the Enigma GT which looks to the future with cutting-edge solutions.

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