Auto China 2014 In Beijing: Just Another Day In The Life
So you love going to auto shows to see what’s new in the plug-in industry? We do too.
InsideEVs has caught just about all of them this year. Tokyo, Geneva, New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, Toronto, etc…heck we even covered the Bucharest show (although I confess to not having anything to do with that one myself).
But Auto China (formerly the Beijing Motor Show) is something unto itself.
Obviously, the logistics of going to China aren’t the easiest thing in the world, and it is only held bi-annually. And as such, this story really isn’t about the plug-ins in attendance; we have already done a bunch of those…and there is more en route, but about the show itself.
The trip, with a 3 day passport window for Beijing in hand, is just a scant 14 hour trip across the pond. Then the moment you leave the confines of your plane you realize you have lost a further 12 hours thanks to the time change.
And to some extent you have lost your ability to breathe. Capturing smog on camera at ground level isn’t the easiest thing, but we gave it a shot.
To say Auto China 2014 is a big show is an understatement. It is massive…and it is crowded. Personal space is certainly at a premium; especially since some scheduling conflicts didn’t allow us to make the first press day.
We’ll let the picture diary (below) express the vibe of the show but leave you with a few bullet highlights:
- BYD (as expected) had a huge presences
- Mercedes-Benz had probably the largest display of the automakers most of us are familiar with
- attendees are 99% men, models are 99% women
- we did not expect to see the Chevy Volt, or any concepts from Mitsu there – yet they were
- over-the-top shows and questionable objectification of the ladies are ominpresent
- Jiaozi and duck are delicious after a long day
Cost of the adventure?
- $3,000 for the flight + hotel
- $10 for the show ticket
- $16 paid to the hotel trainee to go on a little impromptu city tour
Big Question: Will we go back in 2016? Hmm, give us about 23 months to recuperate…and we’ll let you know.
Pictoral Below: Auto China 2014