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The candidates for the 2024 European Car of the Year title have been announced. China has the best chance of winning

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Seven Chinese-made models have become candidates for the title of European Car of the Year 2024. There are a total of 28 candidates on the list. And 25% of them are Chinese: BYD Atto 3 (Yuan Plus), BYD Han, BYD Dolphin, BYD Seal, Nio ET7, Smart #1 and Volvo EX30. Yes, Smart #1 and Volvo EX30 have European heritage. But in reality these are Chinese cars.

In 2020, Geely bought a 50% stake in Smart from Mercedes-Benz. Both companies aimed to develop a new generation of all-electric Smart models. In 2021, Geely and Mercedes-Benz formed the Smart Automobile JV, headquartered in Ningbo, Hangzhou Province. In this joint venture, Mercedes is responsible for the design of new Smart electric vehicles, and Geely is in charge of development.

The first electric car from the Smart Automobile JV – Smart #1 – is built on the SEA platform developed by Geely. Viridi E-mobility Technology (a subsidiary of Geely) produces Smart #1 electric motors. CALB supplies the 66 kWh battery (NMC) for Smart #1, and Rept Battero produces the 49 kWh LFP batteries. Mass production of Smart #1 is carried out at Geely’s Zhejiang Haoqing plant. As for the Mercedes-Benz team, they worked on the exterior and interior of Smart #1.

The candidates for the 2024 European Car of the Year title have been announced.  China has the best chance of winning

The Volvo EX30 is also built on the SEA platform developed by Geely. Shandong Geely Sunwoda Power Battery, a joint venture between Geely and Sunwoda, produces the rechargeable battery (NMC). Viridi E-Mobility Technology supplies the electric motors for the EX30. According to MIIT, the production of this model takes place at the Zhejiang Haoqing plant. This is the same plant that produces Smart #1. Volvo (owned by Geely) plans to produce the EX30 at its Goethe plant in Belgium in 2025. But at the moment, the birthplace of this electric crossover is China.

Here is the full list of candidates:

  • BMW 5-Series
  • BMW XM
  • BYD Atto 3
  • BYD Dolphin
  • BYD Han
  • BYD Seal
  • Fiat 600e
  • Ford Bronco
  • Honda CR-V
  • Honda e:NY1
  • Honda ZR-V
  • Hyundai Ioniq 6
  • Hyundai Kona
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Kia EV9
  • Lexus RZ
  • Lucid Air
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class
  • Mercedes-EQ EQE SUV
  • Nio ET7
  • Peugeot E-3008/3008
  • Renault Espace
  • Renault Scenic
  • Smart #1
  • Toyota C-HR
  • Toyota Prius
  • Volkswagen ID.7
  • Volvo EX30

Japanese cars account for 21.4% (6), German – 17.8% (5), American – 10.7% (3), Korean – 10.7% (3), French – 10.7% (3) , Italian – 3.7% (1).

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“It is always copied, but never surpassed.” The brainchild of BYD and Mercedes-Benz and the best-selling car in the class in China – Denza D9 – will be presented in a new body on March 6

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The official announcement of the new Denza D9 BYD 2024 model year car will take place on March 6, while the manufacturer stated during the presentation announcement that “it is always copied, but cannot be surpassed.”

Denza D9 goes on sale in October 2022. Last January, it won the luxury MPV category with a price tag of over $42,000. Officials said that cleared the way for the full 2023 title to be won. Last October, it became the fastest luxury minivan to reach 100,000 units.

“It is always copied, but never surpassed.”  The brainchild of BYD and Mercedes-Benz and the best-selling car in the class in China - Denza D9 - will be presented in a new body on March 6

At the beginning of the year, BYD announced that the Denza D9 model became the best-selling minivan in the Chinese market across all price categories, with cumulative sales of 119,182 units from January to December 2023. Officials also said the Denza D9 “single-handedly reversed the downward trend in the minivan market since 2017.”

Dimensions BYD Denza D9 – 5250 x 1960 x 1920 mm, wheelbase – 3100 mm. The equipment includes seven screens, separate seats on the second row with electrical adjustments, ventilation, heating and massage, 50-watt wireless charging for a smartphone. Buyers have access to pure electric and hybrid versions with a power reserve of 600+ and 1000+ km, respectively.

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The updated Hyundai Staria 2024 was presented. It received a 245-horsepower engine with a consumption of only 7.7 l/100 km

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The updated Hyundai Staria 2024 was presented It received a

According to Carscoops, Hyundai has launched the Hyundai Staria 2024 minivan on the home market with a new power plant – a hybrid. It has a 1.6-liter gasoline turbo engine with 180 hp. combined with an electric motor with a power of 73 hp, as well as a 6-speed automatic transmission. The total is 245 hp. and 367 Nm of torque. And in terms of the last parameter, the hybrid is superior to the version with a 3.5-liter V6 engine. And naturally, the hybrid is economical: average consumption is only 7.7 l/100 km, which is quite a bit for a car with a length of 5255 mm and a weight of 2220 kg.

The updated Hyundai Staria 2024 was presented. It received a 245-horsepower engine with a consumption of only 7.7 l/100 km

Externally, the hybrid is no different from the versions with internal combustion engines. This engine is installed on both cargo-passenger versions of Staria (LCV, for 3 or 5 people) and passenger versions (Tourer, for 9 or 11 seats). The car is equipped with a digital instrument panel, a media system with a 10.25-inch screen, climate control, ventilated and heated seats, and parking sensors.

The updated Hyundai Staria 2024 was presented. It received a 245-horsepower engine with a consumption of only 7.7 l/100 km

The cost of the hybrid Hyundai Staria 2024 is $25,711 (LCV version) or $27,364 (Tourer). Over time, a car with a new power plant will appear in foreign markets outside of South Korea.

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Volvo cars have learned to warn the driver about accidents ahead

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Volvo cars have learned to warn the driver about accidents

Volvo has launched what it claims is the industry’s first real-time accident warning technology, Accident Ahead Alert. Data from traffic control centers and information from other compatible Volvo vehicles will be used to alert drivers. The feature will first appear in select Volvo models in Europe, starting in Denmark. Accident Ahead Alert technology will be able to warn the driver of a traffic accident ahead at a distance of up to several hundred meters.

Volvo cars have learned to warn the driver about accidents ahead

You are driving along a winding country road, visibility is poor. Suddenly your Volvo warns you that there is an accident ahead. As you calmly slow down and take the next corner, you see a wrecked car in your lane. Thanks to the warning, you were prepared and able to react in time.

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Volvo cars have learned to warn the driver about accidents ahead

For now, the real-time Accident Ahead Alert feature is available in Denmark on all Volvo 90, 60 and 40 series models from 2016 onwards. It will soon appear on the same Volvo car models in other European markets.

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