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SAIC's plug-in crossover
SAIC readies electric crossover to rival Tesla Model X
Automotive News China | 2018/2/6

SAIC Motor Corp. plans to launch an electric crossover toward the end of the year to compete with the Tesla Model X.

The electric crossover will largely target customers in Chinese cities. It can accelerate to a speed of 100 kilometers per hour (62 mph) within 4.9 seconds and features automatic parking, according to information SAIC disclosed on its website.

Additional details about the EV have not been disclosed.

SAIC is targeting to sell more than 120,000 plug-in hybrids, EVs and fuel cell vehicles in 2018 under its proprietary brands. 

The company has launched two demonstration programs for its Maxus-badged fuel cell vans in Shanghai and the south China city of Foshan since late 2017.

Last year, the state-owned automaker sold more than 60,000 plug-in hybrids and EVs under the Roewe and MG car brands, a gain of 140 percent from a year earlier. 

In 2017, the Roewe and MG brands combined to deliver 522,036 vehicles including EVs, up 62 percent year over year. Sales of SUVs, multipurpose vehicles and vans under the Maxus brand jumped 54 percent to 71,117 vehicles. 

SAIC, based in Shanghai, also operates light vehicle joint ventures with General Motors and the Volkswagen Group.

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