To our delight and dismay, there were fewer blatant vehicle clones from China's automakers littering the floor of the Beijing Motor Show this year. That's not to say we didn't encounter a slew of knock-offs, but it seems that the Chinese are finally coming into their own design-wise. However, one instantly recognizable figure caught our attention while prowling the halls of the expo center.
At the Beijing Motor Show today, Ford is unveiling a sub-Fiesta-sized low-cost commuter car concept with a brand new engine. While the car itself – dubbed Start, above – is interesting, the real news is the new 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine. At this time, the car is a pure design study with no production plans. The new inline-three cylinder EcoBoost engine, on the other hand, has been confirmed for production.
At press conference ahead of the Beijing Motor Show, Steve Schneider, CEO of Zap introduced his company's latest effort, an electric taxi. Like previous Zap products, the taxi is to be produced in China. This one will built by a joint venture between Zap and electric meter manufacturer Holley Group.