July 31, 2021
GM reveals tiny, adorable electric convertible to be sold in China

GM reveals tiny, adorable electric convertible to be sold in China

Produced by SAIC-GM-Wuling, a company partially owned by General Motors (GM), the Hong Guang Mini EV sells at a starting price that’s equivalent to about $4,400. Now the Hong Guang Mini EV family is growing. The company recently unveiled a new range of pastry-inspired colors and a convertible version of the tiny car.

The Hong Guang MINI EV Macaron was introduced earlier this month. It’s offered in three pastel hues — green, yellow and pink — suggestive of the meringue-based cookies. The Macaron models cost the equivalent of between $5,775 and $6,700.

The Hong Guang Mini EV Cabrio, which was introduced ahead of the Shanghai Motor Show this week, has a folding cloth top. It will go into production next year. The company has not announced a price for the convertible version yet.

Considering its affordable price, it’s not surprising that the Mini EV lineup provides basic — very basic — transportation. It’s described as having a “2+2” body style, meaning the back seats are intended for occasional use only.

The Wuling Hong Guang Mini EV Cabrio is even smaller than a Fiat 500.

From its front bumper to the back, the Mini EV is 115 inches long, or two feet shorter than a Fiat 500, one of the smallest cars sold in the United States. The Mini EV is powered by a 27 horsepower electric motor which gives it a top speed of 62 miles an hour, and it can travel up to 105 miles on a single charge.

The Hong Guang Mini EV went on sale in July and 270,000 have already been sold, according to GM.