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Dear MEL Topic Readers,
Autonomous, artistic cars shine at Shanghai auto show
China is the world’s largest auto market, both for gas and electric, production and sales. Accordingly, automakers and soon-to-be automakers are presenting their upcoming technologies, concepts, and designs in two major biannual auto shows in China, Beijing Auto Show, and Shanghai Auto Show. This year, Shanghai hosted the event amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Unlike the previous auto shows which exhibitors tried to woo and excite the visitors and press by performance or luxury, it was the technology and artistic designs that drew attention, such as 5G connectivity, autonomous driving, air filtration, and aesthetic design. In the old days, horsepower, sporty design, and luxury interior and brand were the catch of most auto shows, which later taken place by fuel efficiency, compact size, and electric power. The barrier to entry has been lowered as electric cars became popular. Also, IT is playing a much more important role in driving cars. Apple, Sony, and Foxconn, formally Hon Hai Precision, are the only few examples that have been working on building new kinds of cars. Another industrial transition seems to be occurring.
Enjoy seeing the cars that were spotlighted at the Shanghai Auto Show.