Here's an EV From Daimler and Chinese Automaker BYD

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The refreshed Denza 500 battery electric vehicle has launched in China.

The updated EV is the result of a joint venture between Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, and Chinese automaker BYD. Engineered and produced in China, the Denza 500 has received a comprehensive upgrade with an updated exterior design and extended electric range. The model combines Daimler’s vehicle architecture expertise and advanced safety engineering with BYD’s leading advantages in battery technology.

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The refreshed exterior features “tiger eye” LED headlights and rippling LED tail lights, while the interior benefits from a nine-inch touchscreen. Connectivity services also received an upgrade, which now includes charging solutions and the Denza smartphone app. Now, owners can locate over 112,000 charging points across China through the app, a WeChat account, or the in-car navigation system.

Daimler says the range of the Denza 500 is around 500 kilometers (311 miles), and was tested in a wide range of harsh conditions, including severe winter testing in temperatures as low as -40 degrees Celsius.

In 2017, Denza had its best sales year to date, with retail sales volume increasing 85 percent. The brand also expanded its reach by leveraging selected Mercedes-Benz dealer partners, which now offer sales and service for Denza vehicles.

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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