Venucia, the Chinese car brand that gets its name from Venus, the goddess of beauty, had some time ago promised that they would bring in a plug-in vehicle to Chinaby 2015. The latest we get to hear from the automaker is that the Beijing Motor Show has revealed the prototype of the Venucia’s all-electric e-concept. What interests us I that the concept is so similar to Nissan’s Leaf. Venucia, in case you didn’t know, is the result of a joint venture between Nissan and Chinese company Dongfeng.
The only makeover we could find at one glance is the color, newly designed wheels and front fascia. The Venucia e-concept has a dark blue exterior, and the revised front that makes it look more beautiful.
Overall it looks like a modified Leaf. A closer look would reveal Venucia EV is a little longer than the Leaf (by 38 mm, or 1.5 inches). The e-concept boasts to be 1 km per hour faster than the Nissan Leaf. However, the car will weigh an additional of 5 kg (11 pounds).
The Leaf similarities, however, have not been explained by Nissan as yet. But they have asserted that Venucia’s debut EV e-concept , will be made wholly in China. Nissan also refused to give out more information about their future Chinese plans.
Venucia would primarily focus on budget cars for the middle class. The brand had also recently released their first model D50, based on the Nissan Tiida. Whats is for sure now is that Nissan will release their Leaf on Chinese roads by 2015, in the guise of Venucia or otherwise.