China's Arcfox to introduce next-gen crossover concept in Geneva

Automotive News Europe

Automotive News | 2019-2-8

Chinese electric-vehicle brand Arcfox will unveil a crossover concept and updated version of the Arcfox-7 supercar in March at the Geneva auto show.

Arcfox is owned by Beijing Electric Vehicle, a division of Beijing Auto. Last year, Daimler acquired a 4 percent stake in BJEV to build on its joint-venture relationship with BAIC. Daimler is reportedly in talks to build electric Smart minicars with BJEV.

The Chinese EV maker declined to comment on whether it has plans to sell vehicles in Europe.

Arcfox sells the Lite two-seat electric car in China, which mirrors Smart's strategy of offering a high-tech and premium EV minicar compared with the majority of low-cost EVs in China.

Arcfox unveiled the Arcfox-7 supercar concept in 2016 ahead of building a production version to use as a halo for the brand. It claimed a 0-to 60 mph (0-to-97 kph) acceleration time of 2.8 seconds.

The Geneva show car will be "the new generation of Arcfox-7," a spokesperson for the brand told Automotive News Europe. It's unclear whether the vehicle is a production model. No information was available for the concept.

BJEV formed a joint venture in January with Canadian engineering company Magna to develop and build EVs at a plant in Zhenjing, China, starting in 2020.

BJEV offers four EVs under its own brand, according to its website -- two sedans and two crossovers. It delivered 158,012 EVs in 2018, up 53 percent from a year earlier, figures from Automotive News China show.

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