Honda, Toyota prepare electrified cars

Honda released this image on Tuesday when it announced the debut of it Urban EV Concept.

Honda Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. are preparing new electric vehicles for the Beijing auto show to boost their credentials as green vehicle makers.

Honda will stage the world premiere of a Honda-brand electric car concept and a hybrid variant of Acura’s CDX crossover. 

Honda plans to begin building a production version of the concept EV in China before the end of the year. It has been engineered and developed exclusively for China, Honda said this week.

Plug-in hybrid versions of the Toyota Corolla and Levin compact sedans will also make global debuts at the show, Toyota said. 

The two plug-in models will be produced in China in 2019. Toyota currently sells locally built gasoline and gasoline-electric hybrid versions of the Corolla and Levin in China.

Nissan Motor Co. will introduce a new electric vehicle at the Beijing auto show.

The Nissan IMx Kuro, an electric crossover concept, will also make its China debut at the show. The IMx Kuro was introduced at the Geneva motor show earlier this year. 

In addition, Nissan will unwrap a new four-wheel-drive, midsize body-on-frame SUV, the Terra, which was designed specifically for China. 

In 2017, Honda’s passenger vehicle sales in China climbed 16 percent to 1.46 million while Toyota deliveries rose 6.2 percent to 1.29 million. Nissan’s passenger vehicle sales in China increased 12 percent to 1.27 million last year.

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