Xuanyuan Award 2017 Winners

The winners of the 4th Xuanyuan Award have been presented to the public in a festive ceremony in the Beijing Auto Museum.

The award ceremony on January 16th marked the endpoint of the Xuanyuan Award 2017, China's first Auto Industry Award.

Starting with the official press conference in October 2016, the award committee was working intensively over 4 months to deliver the biggest and best Xuanyuan Award yet.

To ensure a professional and impartial decision basis, an assessment of all nominated vehicles was carried out in Xiangyang, Hubei province. Over the course of 6 days a total of 28 experts from 5 companies were involved, providing world-leading expertise in engineering, NEVs and infrastructure.

This year's assessment also marked the first time a specific NEV assessment was carried out to get an in depth understanding of their individual capabilities in range (measured under test bench and real life conditions), charging and energy efficiency.

The award winners were decided in a two day Jury session at the Beijing Auto Musem, which took place on January 14th and 15th.

Overall Winner of the Xuanyuan Award: SAIC Roewe RX5

Connected cars and the ongoing convergence of the automotive industry with the IT industry are the defining topics of our time. The RX5 represents an ambitious milestone in this process by being the first car to be fully integrated into an IoT cloud ecosystem.

But being a pioneer in IoT is far from being the only reason why the RX5 was deemed the winner of this year's award. SAIC managed to offer a convincing car without any compromises at an reasonable price point. Market acceptance was high right from launch onwards and SAIC was able to sell more 90.000 units within a short time span. The jury also pointed out that the balanced and subtle design is able to stand shoulder to shoulder with Joint-Venture brands. 

 

Special award for New Energy Vehicles: BAIC EU260

China saw in 2016 again an huge uptick in NEV sales and further strengthened its position as the worlds leading NEV market. The EU260, which became the best selling BEV, was one of the major drivers of this growth an convinced the jury its very goog driving range at an affordable price.

Special Award for Driving Pleasure: Beijing-Hyundai Verna

In an industry obsessed with sales numbers and market share, the jury was happy to see that one of the most important aspects of a car - driving pleasure - was more present than ever in this years nominees. The Verna with its excellent driving dynamics was able to convince the jury as the fun to drive car.    

 

Special Award for Engineering Excellence: FAW-VW Magotan

The Magotan outperformed its peers consistently along all characteristics in the vehicle assessment and offers state-of-the-art functionality at an affordable price level. This is even more remarkable, as a large part of the R&D has been done at the local engineering centers of FAW-VW. 

Special Award for Global Competitiveness: Geely Boyue

Being the winner of last year's Xuanyuan Award the expectation towards Geely were high this year and the carmaker from Hangzhou didn't fail to deliver. The Boyue proves that last year's Borui was not an anomaly but rather the start of Geely's ascent to the world stage.

Special Award for Design: Chery Tiggo 7

The Tiggo7 impressed the jury with its very well balance and well executed design. Especially its professional surface treatment creates volume and confidence for a compact SUV. But the strong points of the Tiggo7 are not restricted to its exterior: high attention has been paid to interior materials and trim creating a consistent design matching young customers tastes.

Special Award for Chinese Premium: GAC Trumpchi GS8

With the Trumpchi GS8, Guangzhou based GAC developed a vehicle which stands out among its peers in many ways. Although it is priced at a significant premium the GS8 was able to do very well in the market. This market performance should be an enouring sign to the entire industry as it shows that with the right products, Chinese OEMs are able to compete with higher priced joint-venture brands.   

 

Honorable Finalists

This year, the jury also thanked the honorable finalists for their contribution to the Chinese automotive industry:

  • Beijing Benz E-Class L for living up to "the best or nothing"
  • Chang'an CS15 for it's very good perceived quality exterior, interior and sense of space
  • SAIC Maxus EG10 for having a very interesting concept for niche applications with good overall characteristics, especially in driving dynamics
  • JAC Refine S3 for having a very good sense of space, HMI and ease of use
  • BAIC BJ20 for its good perceived quality exterior
  • Donfeng Nissan Venucia T90 for for good perceived quality and comfort attributes like sense of space, ease of use, comfort static/dynamic and NVH
  • Zhidou D2s for improving in all characteristics within a short time, especially in HMI connectivity and ease of use
  • Chery Jaguar Landrover - Jaguar XFL for proven excellence in world class design