Posted by Ben on 04 27th, 2012
First off, nowadays China is the world’s largest automotive market where the citizens purchase over 30 million cars a year. You’ll be surprised to know that it’s about 80% more than the record for the U.S. market. China’s leading auto show has opened in Beijing on April 23 hosting more than 1,000 car models, including 95 “green” cars.
As one of the most important global auto shows this year, the 2012 Beijing Motor Show was held in a 2,150,000 square feet exhibition area. It goes without saying that numerous auto manufacturers and their suppliers were craving to make their presence at the show. To tell you the truth, I had hard times when selecting from many fancy-looking China-only models as well as those that will hit the U.S. market, since they are all captivating and worth being in this post. Now, take a look at awesome debuts featured at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show.
Conveying the Chinese culture, Jeep chose the all-black Rubicon Unlimited to enhance it with bronze-gold dragons and bronze-gold details on the grille slats, wheels, the badges, and the headlamp surrounds. The interior is also treated with bronze-gold piping and stitching and the dragon pattern on the head restraints. The seats boast a dragon-scale, bronze-gold leather.
Since the automaker is celebrating its 50th anniversary, this funky-looking concept was chosen to be featured at the show in order to mark the occasion. The Icon’s design greatly differs from the design of its predecessors. In fact, besides the concept’s general hatchback shape, there’s as much Mini Countryman as anything else.
Now, here’s one of the most significant debuts of the 2012 Beijing Motor Show. Not in terms of sales aspect, but due to being Lamborghini’s absolutely new direction. Remember the LM002 “Rambo Lambo” from the ’80s? Anyways, the Urus lets us take a glimpse into the new premium SUV architecture.
We’ve already learnt a lot about this car, as it was seen on stage shows again and again. Also, we’re more than ready for the road-version of plug-in hybrid equipped by the 131 hp electric motor in front and the 223 hp turbocharged three-cylinder gas engine in the back.
The 2012 Range Rover went one step further and revealed the limited edition Evoque with Victoria Beckham’s involvement as a brand ambassador. The special-edition bespoke version of the Evoque has the rose-gold plated grille surround and badging, the exclusive hand-finished matte paint, 20-inch gloss black forged alloy wheels with rose-gold accents, and other subtle additions.
Two “global-strategic concepts” (as named by Toyota) are comming to the Japanese market and promise something really interesting. Both Dear Qin concepts, the sedan and the hatchback feature a design that is to attract peeps to the user base.
The automaker has opened the world’s first AMG-only dealership in Beijing. The AMG Performance Center is situated at the high-end Sanlitun Village shopping mall in northern Beijing and it greatly differs from other 195 AMG dealerships. Daimler chose the location that encompassed 4,101 square feet of floor space on two levels to present the new G63 AMG.
The A6L E-tron concept is a plug-in hybrid version of the locally built long-wheelbase A6 sedan which differs from the standart A6L due to unique grille, special rear diffuser, and exclusive 21-inch wheels. Since the A6L is one of the best-selling models in China, the E-tron concept was built with China market in mind.
Infiniti’s Emerg-E concept has made its dramatic presence at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show being one of the most notable debuts. It could’ve become a new flagship model for Infiniti. Being co-developed with Lotus and sharing the hardware with the Evora 414E concept, the car gets 402 hp from a pair of electric motors.
This mini-car is the electric concept built by Chinese automaker Dongfeng. The model features the compact body (which is a plus when you’re in a city traffic) , the straight roofline, and the round headlights. Since the car manages to run 100 miles after 8 hours of charging, it’s more suitable for traveling within the region.
This four-door, four-seater sports coupe expresses the KODO design theme in a graceful form. It’s the new global design language that takes Mazda to a whole new level. Just look at the muscle body that delivers both soft and tense feeling. It’s no wonder the model made such a great impression on visitors.
Inspired by the famous ‘The Italian Job’ movie, Mini Cooper S Countryman was designed specifically for the Chinese market. Apart from a few subtle details aside, the model is a cosmetic variation of that usual range. As for Mini Hyde PArk, it instead boasts the exclusive color scheme with Pepper White as a basic color and the contrasting Hot Chocolate brown applied on roof, wing mirrors and a pair of longitudinal stripes.
The 2012 Beijing Motor Show is certainly China’s leading auto show which many major automakers couldn’t miss. Neither did Porsche bringing its 911 Carrera S to the show. According to Porsche, the new model is 100 pounds lighter as the new body makes more use of aluminum.
Being one of the most appreciated Chinese manufacturers, Great Wall has brought the whole line-up including the Haval H5, Haval H7, Haval E, Haval M2, Voleex C20 EV and Voleex C50. The model below is named Haval E and it’s a hybrid concept which expresses the Great Wall’s future design theme. Made of light materials, the Haval E makes 245 hp.
Representing the new style of all automaker’s models in future (and they all have their own stories), the Captur itself speaks of romance. Carrying a small twin-turbo engine, it meets the needs of low carbon environmental protection.
The China-only concept shares the design cues with the NS4 and the FCV-R concept cars, known for sharp lines. Equipped with a hybrid system, it has two power sources, the gasoline and the electric. According to the automaker, the model stands for innovation, dynamism and eco-friendliness.
Honda has introduced its two new concept cars that according to automaker actually show the direction of future mass-production models by Honda. While the Concept C stands for “Cool, “Challenge” and “China”, the Concept S stands for “Stylish,” “Smart” and “Surprise”. I wonder if Honda injects this bold styling in its American lineup.
The multi-role compact vehicle is in reality rather small: 163 inches long and 68.5 inches wide. It’ll be sold as Buick Encore in the U.S. The engine offerings range from the 68-hp, 1.0-liter I-3 to the 115-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter I-4. The 208 GTI concept is a 200 hp version with that 1.6-liter engine.
The Concept Style Coupe by Mercedes-Benz is nothing but a clear statement of avant-garde design in the form of a sporty coupe. Expect it to roll out next year under the model name CLA. Provocative and rebellious, it makes a statement. To keep up with its dynamic look, the model is offered with a host of technical highlights, such as the new four-cylinder turbo petrol engine making 211 hp, 4MATIC all-wheel drive and the 7G-DCT dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Audi has presented this hot-to-trot RS Q3 concept notable for its outstanding powertrain. While the 2.5-liter TFSI turbocharged five-cylinder makes 360 hp, the car reaches 62 mph in just 5.2 seconds. As for its exterior, there are the brushed and polished aluminum trim around the grille, an updated bumper with graping air intakes, and tinted headlights.
Many of car enthusiasts attend the China auto shows not only to see the car models, but also to see that Asian beauty. One of most popular models, Li Yingzhi was present at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show. Now you may drool over
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