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Chinese Automaker Says Pininfarina-Designed Concepts will be Produced

At the 2018 Beijing Motor Show, Pininfarina and Hybrid Kinetic Group (HKG) unveiled two new concepts.

The first is the H500, a luxury sedan designed around the concepts of elegance, purity, and innovation. Pininfarina says the body is characterized by “inclined ribbing that traverses the vehicle, giving tension and lightness and defining full, sober volumes.” Essentially the H500 is a smaller version of the H600 concept that debuted at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, as HKG continues to emphasize that it will be heading to production by 2020.

The other concept is the K350 compact crossover, designed to slot beneath the K550 and K750 that debuted in Shanghai last year. Both concepts are stylish, as one would expect from Pininfarina. The Italian design house has been focusing on building relationships with various Chinese companies in recent years.

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Both concepts are said to be powered by plug-in hybrid powertrains developed by HKG. The system generates around 400 horsepower, allowing the H500 to hit 62 mph from a standstill in 4.5 seconds, while the K350 does the same sprint in 4.7 seconds. HKG claims the plug-in hybrid powertrain will return over 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) of range, along with a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

Production is slated to start in 2020 at HKG’s first plant. “After many years of collaboration by different parties, plans are underway to construct multiple manufacturing plants around China with production volume to surpass one million units,” HKG said in a press release.

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