The first European appearance of Qoros was eagerly awaited. Not only we were full of expectations, also the auto press plunged in Geneva on the new brand from China. Eric Geers, former Saab press chief, had promised us Saab DNA in the Qoros. And Qoros sees itself as the first premium brand from China.
Both of these, you can rest easy, do not apply. Except for a turbocharger under the hood, we have found nothing that points to Saab, and the story with the premium claim is one thing. Because the Qoros has - after the first impression - two faces. There is the exterior design, which was designed by old master Gert-Volker Hildebrand, the man who designed the Mini. The cover is valuable and routinely drawn, small details such as the Qoros lettering in the headlights and rear lights show attention to detail. But that's not new, the Volkswagen Group sends its regards.
The Qoros logo, reminiscent of a large speech bubble, the future buyer can not escape. The grill is always quoted the trademark, and that's a bit too much of a good thing. The exhibition vehicle itself, it had a 1.6 liter turbo under the hood and a dual-clutch transmission and will come in this configuration later on the market, made a dynamic and high-quality impression. Until you enter the interior, which shows the second face of the Qoros.
The first impression shows that despite European development aid, Qoros is still a bit off the premium. The gray plastics are on Opel or Ford level or a bit far below. Perhaps a black interior design, as in the first press photos, would have made a better impression. Some things are also quite unstable, such as the glove compartment or the small, foldable storage compartment on the driver's side. The cockpit is unmotivated designed, the large touchscreen carelessly fitted into the gray plastic. Did or did not Hildebrand want to offer here? One thing is certain: the shell is good, the interior needs more attention to detail.
The Qoros touchscreen speaks “Microsoft” and brings iphone integration. You can scroll through the menus with two fingers, and everything is simple and quite intuitive. If it likes ... because sometimes the display just turns dead and doesn't like. Qoros is also a good deal behind what would be possible in terms of graphics, but that can still be the case. Tesla, also a young company, shows what is possible at a higher level.
Behind Qoros are big names like Magna Steyr, TRW, Continental, Bosch, Getrag, Benteler, Lear, Microsoft and Harman, who have provided development aid. For a new car of a new brand, the Qoros 3 is quite impressive, even if the exhibit still had some weakness in detail. Example complacent? Just put in the Qoros, close the door. Between the door trim and the B-pillar, the white lacquered sheet glows inches wide.
The Chinese are accelerating. At the end of the year the sedan started in Europe, then new products were added every 6 months. The station wagon and hatchback were already on the exhibition stand. Germany is on the list in 2014. Qoros should be taken seriously. Audi is already doing this and, before Geneva, banned the Chinese from using the letter “Q”.
The three “Saab visitors” who dealt intensively with the car were also taken seriously at the Qoros stand. After a while I was asked very politely to vacate the space in Qoros 3 for another “customer” ;-).
Enter: Because the employer is Qoros or because you are a Chinese civil servant. Why else?
Get out: Because there are a dozen good alternatives in this market segment that do not come from China.
Is the era of electric cars over before it started? You could get the impression because the Renault electric fleet received little attention, the Fisker booth was little visited, and the interest of the journalists was also limited at Tesla. Which is a shame at first glance. Because the Tesla S attracts with a range of almost 500 kilometers and an exciting design. So we strolled excitedly over the Tesla booth ...
There are these cars that look better in real life than in photos. Strangely, the reverse is the case with the Tesla. The car looks less good and spectacular than expected when it stands in front of you. The Tesla appears conventional and unassuming, maybe we were too spoiled by Fisker in terms of design. Unfortunately, this impression continues in the interior. Tesla tries again, this premium word. The Tesla is not a premium, the Tesla is a US car. A thin seat cover of animal origin, supposedly nappa leather, with Alcantara accents. Cheap plastic and a cheap, I can't think of any other word, interior decor, as the Americans love it. An Asian visitor was sitting in the seat next to me, taking pictures and shaking his head. He also spoke of a "..cheap US Car ...".
Can be even better for the European version, because Tesla starts with the S in Germany with prices between € 71.000 and € 109.000. More is expected! The highlight of the Tesla, but at the same time also a question of taste, is the large 17 ”monitor in the dashboard. Wow, one might think, because the computer menus and the graphics are top notch. At least the details shown are pleasing, the graphics are fast, beautiful, and every driver can configure their personal preferences with a few clicks. In contrast to the Qoros, which looks very old against the American, everything works perfectly in the Tesla, and if you want, you can read the current daily newspaper at the same time while a TV program is on the other part of the monitor.
What makes the Tesla sympathetic is its hatchback. No one else dares to use a large hatchback in this market segment. There is also an additional trunk in front and a large panoramic roof. That's the way it is, and the Tesla is definitely an interesting story. Because the brand goes its own way and does what other manufacturers would like to do. Blogs work to build a Tesla community. At least Saab is already a big step ahead of the American electric car pioneers.
Enter: Because the Tesla has a cool flatscreen and Munich-Frankfurt is possible with a battery charge.
Get out: Because Chevy plastic for 71.000 € is then too much to ask.