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PostHeaderIcon Did a Chinese and Indian Automaker Steal the Show at The 2019 Detroit Auto Show?

Is it possible that, even with the Toyota Supra and the Ford Shelby GT500 hogging the spotlight, a Chinese automaker and its Indian counterpart stole the show at the 2019 North American International Auto Show? It’s probably not the case, but you have to give it to GAC and Mahindra for representing their brands well at Detroit when so many other established automakers — we didn’t see you there, Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz — decided to skip the proceedings. Mahindra brought two notable models to Detroit, including the Marazzo, a front-wheel-drive minivan that actually has a lot of things going for it. Meanwhile, GAC pretty much brought its entire lineup to Detroit, but the real star of its booth was the Entranze EV, a futuristic electric concept van that got a lot of people’s attention. It’s hard to imagine a Chinese and Indian automaker stealing the show at the 2019 NAIAs, but both did it in their own way. And, if we’re being technical about it, both GAC and Mahindra have roots in America, specifically the latter, which has a facility in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Are we sure that they don’t consider the NAIAs their home auto show?

PostHeaderIcon GAC Brought a Weird-Looking Thing to Detroit that it Calls The Entranze Concept

Chinese automaker, GAC Motor, introduced an-electric crossover concept called the Entranze at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. When we first saw the Entranze, we were left befuddled wondering what it could possibly be. Later we figured out it is an all-electric crossover concept that GAC claims to have designed in the U.S. itself. Why go subtle when you can become the talk of the town?

PostHeaderIcon GAC Motors Reveals the 2019 GAC GS5 at the Paris Motor Show

GAC Motors has pulled the covers off of the GS5 SUV at the Paris Motor Show, signaling the Chinese automaker’s intent to become a major player in the European SUV market. The GS5 is the ninth model to come out of the GAC, which is only celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The relatively young automaker is banking on the GS5 to help establish the brand in a market that hasn’t been kind to Chinese auto brands in the past. There’s no timetable for the GS5’s launch in the European market, nor has GAC announced pricing for the SUV.

PostHeaderIcon GAC Could Make its U.S. Launch Via FCA Dealerships

For those who were surprised to see GAC Motors at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, don’t be. The Chinese automaker has made plans to enter the U.S. market known. Now it looks like it may have found a door to enter, one that’s being opened by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. A report from The New York Times revealed that the automakers are in discussions on a partnership that will allow FCA dealerships to sell GAC models in the US as early as 2019.


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“Part of that goal is already underway as GAC is lining up a development center in Michigan and a design center in Los Angeles”

GAC president Yu Juan made no bones about his desire to bring GAC to the U.S. In his mind, America is the barometer that will determine whether GAC can become the global auto brand it aspires to become. “We intend to gain a foothold in the U.S.,” he said in a news conference. “If we can make it in the U.S., we can make it anywhere and enhance further possibilities of future growth.”

Part of that goal is already underway as GAC is lining up a development center in Michigan and a design center in Los Angeles. The two offices could open as early as the first half of this year, joining the tech lab the company opened in Silicon Valley last year. But more than just opening centers in these American cities, GAC’s ultimate goal is to establish a partnership with a North American sales company that can help develop its dealership network. That’s where FCA comes into the picture.

The two automakers already a enjoy a close business relationship — GAC manufacturers Jeep models for the Chinese market — so a new layer to that relationship isn’t out of the cards. Even FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne expressed a willingness to help GAC gain a foothold in the U.S. market. “We are talking to them about how and if we can help if they come to the U.S.,” Marchionne said in his own news conference in Detroit.


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“Should FCA and GAC come to an understanding, expect both parties to benefit from the deal”

It’s worth noting, too, that part of that willingness on FCA’s part stems from a need to bolster its own dealership network, which has been plagued by a lack of model diversity. Dodge and Chrysler, for example, no longer offer small or mid-sized cars. Go to Chrysler’s website, and you’ll see that the once proud automaker only has two models in its portfolio, the 300 full-sized sedan and the Pacifica minivan. That’s it. Dodge isn’t doing better, either. Outside of niche performance cars like the Charger and the Challenger, Dodge only has the Durango, Journey, and Grand Caravan in its offering. The lack of diversity has already taken its toll on FCA dealerships, a lot of whom have become desperate for some variety in their offerings. Having GAC models in these dealerships should help quell those concerns. Sure, the Chinese automaker’s first offering is another SUV, the GS8, but the company is already planning to develop two additional models, one of which could be a small or mid-sized vehicle.

Should FCA and GAC come to an understanding, expect both parties to benefit from the deal. The partnership could even stretch into co-developing future technologies — electrification and autonomous driving — that has jumped into the forefront among automakers all over the world. A potential partnership between FCA and GAC could be beneficial for both companies.


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Just don’t expect the latter to use the name of its flagship brand, Trumpchi, in the U.S. While there’s nothing implicitly wrong about it, the close resemblance to Donald Trump, the current commander-in-chief, may have unintended consequences in the promotion of the brand.

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PostHeaderIcon GAC Enverge Wows Detroit with Virtual Reality Windows and Removable Foglamps

Chinese carmaker GAC has set its sight on selling car in the United States in 2019 and it has been testing waters by bringing all sorts of vehicle at North American auto shows. GAC also joined this year’s Detroit showcase with a bunch of cars that are already available in China. Among them, the GS8, a midsize SUV that will become the first Chinese vehicle sold in the U.S. But by far the most spectacular model shown by GAC at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show is the Enverge concept.


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“The LED units slide out and detach to be used as flashlights, which might come in handy when you want to do some off-trail exploring.”

We’ve already discussed the sporty and decidedly impressive design of the crossover, but what we didn’t know until it was brought to Detroit is that it has a bunch of cool features. On top of the gull-wing doors, which are rather uncommon on an SUV, the Enverge also has removable foglamps. The LED units slide out and detach to be used as flashlights, which might come in handy when you want to do some off-trail exploring. Or you simply dropped your house keys in the dark. The roof pod houses a Segway scooter, a welcomed feature in crowded cities or old city centers with narrow streets.

The cabin looks somewhat futuristic, but by far the most impressive features are the virtual reality displays on the side windows. This is a bit confusing when the vehicle is not running, as the windows appear matte white. You can see almost nothing through them and they seem awkward at first glance. “How in the hell are you supposed to see what’s happening around the car with just the windscreen transparent” I said to myself when I got the first shots of the interior. Well, it turns out that the exterior is displayed on the matte windows. A bit useless I think, but hey, concept cars are supposed to have ludicrous features that aren’t necessarily useful.


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“The exterior is displayed on the matte windows”

But the Enverge isn’t just about futuristic looks and cool features. It also boasts a potent electric drivetrain that pair four electric motors to a 71 kWh battery. The latter provides 370 miles of range and can be recharged wirelessly. Only ten minutes are enough for an autonomy of 240 miles.

But as cool as the Enverge may be, GAC has no plans to turn it into a production model. All we can hope is that some of the cool feature above will make it on the company’s upcoming production models, especially those scheduled to go on sale in the United States.

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PostHeaderIcon GAC Makes a Statement In Detroit With The Enverge Concept

China’s GAC Motors is in attendance at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show with a contingent of concept vehicles that are getting a lot of people’s attention. One of these concepts, the Inverse, is an electric crossover that features an aggressive look, scissor doors, and the promise of a 370-mile range from a 71-kWh battery. In other words, it’s a legitimate concept that the Chinese automaker hopes will serve as a prelude for things to come when the brand launches in the U.S. in 2019.


“It’s attention-grabbing in ways that we didn’t expect from a Chinese automaker.”

There’s a strong undercurrent of expectation surrounding GAC’s plan to launch in the U.S. next year. No Chinese brand has made an impact in the American car market so if GAC really wants to make an impression, it’s going to have to show its intended market that it’s the real deal.

So far, the Enverge Concept is a promising start. It’s attention-grabbing in ways that we didn’t expect from a Chinese automaker. It’s not that the concept is a slam dunk — it has some unusual quirks — it’s that it actually came from a Chinese automaker.

The body is aggressive and pleasant to look at. That in itself is a rare occurrence given China’s history of building shoddy knock-off models. Apparently, it can make provocative concepts. The scissor doors also do their part in making head turns, and the interior is a complete revelation.


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“While I don’t expect the prospective production model to carry this kind of interior, it does give you a glimpse of what GAC is trying to achieve”

While I don’t expect the prospective production model to carry this kind of interior, it does give you a glimpse of what GAC is trying to achieve. The massive space-age digital display can compete with similar designs developed by American and European automakers. The thin seats are also aesthetically futuristic, though I find it difficult to imagine them making their way past this stage. There’s also a good amount of space in the cabin, which is partly due to the minimalist approach that GAC seems to have adopted in its design.

If it comes to it, I’d be a fool to think that the Enverge Concept will look like this in production form. GAC will need to tone down a lot of the aesthetic bits and features, including the unnecessary scissor doors. But as far as showcasing its potential in front of the Western auto industry, it’s hard to believe that GAC fell short on its attempt.


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You may not like the Enverge Concept, but you can’t argue that the electric crossover is, at the very least, impressionable. That’s already a win for GAC.

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