On May 19, the Polar Fox Alpha S Hi version jointly launched by Polar Fox Automobile and Huawei was renamed Polar Fox Alpha S Pioneer Edition, and the price was lowered by 100,000 yuan to 329,800 yuan. Before that, Polar Fox Alpha S Hi version was divided into high-end version and advanced version, with the price of 429,900 yuan and 397,900 yuan respectively.
According to the notice, in order to thank the owners of the first HI version for their choice and trust, Jihu Automobile will return the difference according to the difference between the actual purchase price of HI version and the guide price of the advanced version, while the additional rights such as warranty and exclusive color will still be retained.
In terms of appearance, the Polar Fox Alpha S advanced version is upgraded on the basis of the ordinary version. The most obvious change is the three rectangular lidar on both sides of the front and directly in front of the front, and the new rear view camera is added at the wings on both sides. Of course, like the regular model, the Polar Fox Alpha S advanced version features a closed front face, making the overall front face more mysterious. On the side of the car body, the new car adopts hatchback shape, side slip-back design with small tail wing, the overall look is very dynamic. In terms of size, the length, width and height of the new car are 4980/1960/1599mm respectively, and the wheelbase is 2915mm, positioning medium and large cars.
According to official data, the Polar Fox Alpha S advanced version is equipped with 34 sensing hardware. In addition to lidar, there are 6 millimeter wave radars, 12 ultrasonic radars, 9 ADS cameras and 4 panoramic cameras, which can realize 360-degree detection angle. Huawei MDC810 intelligent driving computing platform is adopted for processing execution level.
In terms of interior decoration, the first version of Polar Fox Alpha S is still a dual screen design. The size of the full LCD instrument is 12.3 inches, and the size of the central control screen is 21.69 inches. With the soft center console, metal texture panel and red decorative strip, the high-level feeling inside the car is enhanced, and the overall atmosphere inside the car is younger. At the same time, the car also features a bumper design, so there is more storage space under the T-zone of the center console. In addition, the car is equipped with a multimedia control panel, through knobs and physical buttons to help improve the convenience of operation of the central control screen.
In terms of power, the Polar Fox Alpha S advanced version is equipped with a dual-motor system with a maximum power of 473kW, a maximum torque of 655N·m and an official acceleration of 3.5 s from 0-100km/h; In terms of battery life, the new car is equipped with a 74.5 kWh ternary lithium battery with a NEDC range of 500km; In addition, officials say the car has 750V fast-charge technology, adding 197km to its 10-minute range.
It is understood that the mass production vehicle Polar Fox Alpha S Huawei HI version equipped with Huawei intelligent automobile solutions was released as early as April 2021 at the Shanghai Auto Show, among which the pre-sale price of the basic version is 388,900 yuan and the pre-sale price of the high-end version is 429,900 yuan. At the market level, the Polar Fox Alpha S Huawei HI version is not only the world's first mass-produced Huawei ADS intelligent driving model, but also the first high-end pure electric production car equipped with Huawei Hongmeng OS. At that time, the car attracted a lot of attention. Today, the Polar Fox Alpha S Hi version has been renamed the Polar Fox Alpha S Pioneer version, and the price has been lowered by 100,000 yuan. Whether it means a change in cooperation level is unknown at present.
It is understood that the first version of Polar Fox Alpha S is produced by Beiqi Blue Valley Magna Co., Ltd., established in September 2013, once named "Beiqi (Zhenjiang) Automobile Co., Ltd.", the majority shareholder is Weilan New Energy Industry Investment Co., Ltd., the latter controlling shareholder is Beijing New Energy Automobile Co., Ltd., holding 90% of the shares. According to the financial report, Beijing New Energy Automobile Co., Ltd. suffered a net loss of 2.57 billion yuan in 2022, while Beijing Blue Valley Polar Fox Automobile Technology Co., Ltd. suffered a net loss of 2.75 billion yuan.
Since its backdoor listing in 2018, Beiqi Blue Valley has been shrouded in the haze of losses and has suffered losses for four consecutive years, including net losses of 92 million yuan, 6.482 billion yuan and 5.244 billion yuan respectively from 2019 to 2021, plus accumulated losses of more than 17.2 billion yuan in recent four years in 2022. In terms of cash flow, Beiqi Blue Valley is also under pressure. The balance of cash and cash equivalents dropped sharply to 2.655 billion yuan at the end of 2022, compared with 4.302 billion yuan at the end of the third quarter of 2022. In this regard, Beiqi Blue Valley explained in the financial report that the decline in net profit of parent company was mainly due to the decrease of gross profit and the continuous increase of investment in brand and channel construction.
In fact, except Beiqi Blue Valley, most domestic new energy automobile manufacturers are in a state of loss, but different from mainstream automobile enterprises, in the background of loss, Beiqi Blue Valley market performance is also very general. In 2022, BAIC Blue Valley sold 50,200 vehicles, up 92.1% year-on-year, but only half of the sales target of 100,000 vehicles set at the beginning of the year. In 2023, BAIC Blue Valley will no longer announce its sales target,"the top of the priority".
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