China’s BYD, one of the world’s leading battery suppliers, will be showing off a new hybrid sedan at the Beijing Motor Show. What makes the car (called the “Qin”, after China’s first empire) newsworthy is its inclusion of a small robot in the dashboard, similar to concepts from Nissan, Pioneer, and Audi. It will likely retail in the range of $24,000- $32,000 USD.
The Qin is said to be able to go 50km (31 miles) in all electric mode before the engine kicks in, and accelerates from 0-100km in 6.9 seconds. The little robot pops up from the dashboard when you start the car and appears to be the terminal of BYD’s “i” networking system which handles everything from wireless internet, mapping, music downloads, driver fatigue detection, and voice control.
Check out the rest of the interior and the exterior after the break.
[source: China Car Times]