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2BYD Qin is best-selling EV in China so far in 2014

2014 and 2015 are shaping up to be China's time to shine in the plug-in vehicle spotlight. The Tesla Model S is making an appearance. The BYD Denza EV is coming. The China-built version of the Nissan Leaf, the Venucia Morning Wind, will roll off the line. All this is happening just in time, too, since the government has said it wants five million plug-in vehicles on the streets by 2020.

34BYD CEO calls Tesla a rich man's toy, not worried about competition

We've heard the comment, "the Tesla Model S is a rich man's toy" before. Usually it comes from a Cranky McCrankster-type of character in the Comments beneath posts about the all-electric automobile. Not everyone sees the utility of an expensive car that can seat up to seven, run with Corvettes and only gets 265 miles on a charge. We get that, sort of, and everyone's entitled to their opinion. It's a bit odd, though, hearing the remark fall from the lips of Wang Chuanfu, however.

16BYD launches 177 MPGe Qin hybrid in China

Not all of the new vehicles in the world this week were centered at the Detroit Auto Show. Case in point is the BYD Qin Hybrid, which launched in China and will be coming to Europe in about a year (an "early 2015" launch there is planned). This successor to the F3DM has a lot going for it, and should prove a better seller.

7BYD launching Qin PHEV in South America in 2014

Chinese automaker BYD is preparing to launch its second-generation Qin plug-in electric hybrid in Costa Rica next year. No details have been released yet on launch date, pricing, warranty or amenities. Sales will commence in Central and South America through what BYD describes as the region's "largest automobile distributors."

15BYD pits its Qin Plug-in Hybrid against, well, almost everything on the drag strip

We don't know if episodes of "Pinks" are shown in China, but Shenzhen-based automaker BYD appears to be doing its best simulation, by pitting its Qin plug-in hybrid sedan against all comers.

9BYD spicing up plug-in line-up with Tang hybrid, E9 electric sports car

BYD seems bent on using green technologies to inject performance into its line up. The Chinese automaker is already set to offer its Qin Hybrid (pictured) – pronounced Chin, it's a 50-km (31-mile) plug-in version of its Su Rui model, said to be capable of sprinting to 100 km/h (62 miles per hour) in a brisk 5.9 seconds – to the public later this Fall. Now, however, it has revealed several future vehicle programs that vastly improve on the zippiness metric, while keeping fuel consumpt

6BYD brings Denza EV, Qin plug-in hybrid to Beijing

BYD is making multiple splashes at the Beijing, both with its own line-up of vehicles and its new Denza electric vehicle partnership with Daimler.

5BYD's Qin sedan will replace poor-selling F3DM

Looks like DM might stand for "done model."

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