More emotions than new technologies

At Auto Shanghai, German manufacturers are relying on the emotionality of their vehicles. All OEMs focus on SUVs, oversized limousines and high-performance sports cars. New pure e-vehicles are not sought in vain. They are announced in the press conferences. Concept cars or older electric vehicles such as the BMW i3 and the E-Golf are shown. American manufacturers also present little new. Jeep shows its globally successful models, which actually haven’t changed for 20 years. Tesla also looks more old school. The electric pioneer is exhibiting his three models, which are also no longer new. The fact that Tesla is exhibiting here at all shows how important the Chinese market is for Tesla. Tesla was not represented at the European counterpart of Auto Shanghai, the International Automotive Cars Exhibition (IAA) in Frankfurt, two years ago.