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2011 Auto Shanghai

Auto Shanghai 2011 has opened its doors and a bevy of significant debuts and concepts puts it firmly on the motor show map.


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  Audi A3 e-tron concept (24)
Audi Q3 (83)
Auto Shanghai (8)
BMW 5 Series plug-in hybrid prototype (3)
BMW 6 Series (2)
BMW Concept M5 (6)
Brilliance 530 sedan (2)
Brilliance sedan concept (2)
Bugatti Veyron special editions for Shanghai (6)
Buick Envision concept (6)
BYD S6DM Hybrid (2)
Changan Ford Voss (2)
Chevrolet Malibu (20)
Citroen DS5 (12)
Ford at Auto Shanghai (6)
Ford Focus Electric (21)
Geely Englon SC7RV (2)
GM Baojun 630 sedan (3)
Kia K2 (6)
Lamborghini at Auto Shanghai (2)
Luxgen Neora concept (3)
Mazda CX-5 (2)
Mercedes-Benz at Auto Shanghai (11)
Mercedes-Benz Concept A (52)
MG 3 (2)
MG Concept 5 (2)
MINI Inspired by Goodwood (27)
Nissan NISMO Compact Sport Concept (2)
Nissan Tiida (2)
Peugeot SxC concept (5)
Porsche Panamera Turbo S (2)
Roewe W5 concept (2)
Rolls-Royce Ghost Extended Wheelbase (6)
SAIC E1 concept (2)
SEAT line-up (1)
Subaru XV concept (21)
Volvo Universe Concept (14)
VW Beetle (16)
VW e-Scooter concept (2)
VW Passat (China model) (3)


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2011 Auto Shanghai -
Mark Nichol, Shane O' Donoghue, Alisdair Suttie, John Lambert, Kyle Fortune

Audi A3 e-tron concept.   Audi A3 e-tron concept

An A3 saloon concept with a petrol-electric drivetrain stuffed inside it that may or may not appear in the UK by 2012. Or something.

Audi Q3.   Audi Q3

Audi's answer to the MINI Countryman has its world debut at the Shanghai show before it goes on sale in the UK in November. Engines are shared with the VW Tiguan the Q3 is based on.

BMW 5 Series plug-in hybrid.   BMW 5 Series plug-in hybrid

The yang to the M5's ying is the 5 Series plug-in hybrid. Don't be too disheartened, as this hybrid comes with the 535i's 300bhp twin-turbo petrol engine to wow the Shanghai crowds.

BMW 6 Series Coupé.   BMW 6 Series Coupé

It's telling that BMW has chosen Shanghai rather than the New York show to launch the 6 Series Coupé. Handsome and using the same superb engines as the Convertible, it's on sale in the UK in September.

BMW Concept M5.   BMW Concept M5

BMW says concept, we say production-ready M5 super saloon. It's packing a 550bhp twin-turbo V8 engine and will be quicker, cleaner and greener than the previous model. Expect it on sale later this year.

Brilliance 530 Sedan.   Brilliance 530 Sedan

Not to be confused with your boss's "brilliant 530 saloon", the Brilliance 530 Sedan was originally called the A4 - not to be confused with... you get it. And no, it doesn't look anything like a 5 Series, ok. Ask any lawyer.

Buick Envision.   Buick Envision

The American Buick badge is looking for a slice of SUV action in China with its Envision concept. Designed specifically for the Chinese market, the Envision is claimed to be a friendlier SUV.

Chevrolet Malibu.   Chevrolet Malibu

Chevy's Malibu is another version of the Vauxhall Insignia, but this one is making its debut in Shanghai in the form of next year's mid-sized saloon for China and the USA. It will use 2.0- and 2.4-litre petrol engines.

Citroen DS5.   Citroen DS5

Citroen is rapidly expanding its DS range and the latest addition is the C5-based DS5. It has a coupé-like profile but five doors and will be offered with a hybrid combo of 163bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesel and 37bhp electric motor.

Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in Hybrid.   Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in Hybrid

Ford's first ever production plug-in hybrid is shown in Shanghai to woo Chinese buyers as part of a plan to offer 15 new cars in the country within the next four years. It's an untapped resource, see.

Geely Englong SC7-RV.   Geely Englong SC7-RV

If it looks a little like a London taxi, that'll be because Geely took its inspiration for the SC7-RV from the iconic London cab. It's a concept aimed at China's massive number of taxi drivers and is set for production soon.

GM China Baojun 630.   GM China Baojun 630

Baojun is an entirely new brand from General Motors created purely for the Chinese market. The 630 sedan is the first car from the firm and will use a 109bhp 1.5-litre petrol engine when it goes on sale this summer.

Kia K2.   Kia K2

The Kia K2 is a Rio saloon for the Chinese market and goes on sale this summer. Though it's been designed in South Korea, the K2 will be built by Dongfeng-Yueda in China.

Mazda CX-5.   Mazda CX-5

The CX-5 debuts Mazda's 'KODO' design language, as well as being the first to use the company's Skyactiv tech. If those made-up words mean zero to you, they basically mean this Qashqai rival looks good and is fuel efficient.

Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class.   Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class

The A-Class gets funked up by Mercedes-Benz both inside and out. For the cabin, there are four seats and a central spine, while under the bonnet is a 210bhp petrol engine and Merc's new double-clutch gearbox.

MG Concept 5.   MG Concept 5

The next phase in the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation's plan for an MG revival is this budget hatchback, which sits below the MG6 (logically) and will entice European buyers with a 'Focus on a shoestring' vibe. Maybe it'll work.

MINI Inspired by Goodwood.   MINI Inspired by Goodwood

A MINI with all the craftsmanship of a Rolls-Royce has its debut in Shanghai. The pint pot luxury car comes with trademark Rolls leather and wood and only 1,000 will be built.

Mitsubishi Concept Global Small.   Mitsubishi Concept Global Small

Unveiled at the Geneva show in March, Mitsubishi is making good on the car's title and taking it around the globe - even to places like China, where big is more beautiful than ever.

Nissan Tiida.   Nissan Tiida

The Tiilda is the car we might have got if Nissan had bottled it and not replaced the Almera with the genre defining Qashqai. Looking at this one, though, that might not have been such an awful thing.

Peugeot SxC concept.   Peugeot SxC concept

The SxC is Peugeot's first China-only model and the concept will spawn a production crossover with diesel-electric hybrid power. It leads the way for a new Peugeot model for China every year.

Porsche Panamera Turbo S.   Porsche Panamera Turbo S

With the Chinese democracy still clinging to its appetite for destruction (of the planet), this sweet child of Porsche's welcomes them to Paradise City. Check out the pictures of the fastest, dirtiest Panamera yet here. Or use your illusion.

Rolls-Royce Ghost Extended Wheelbase.   Rolls-Royce Ghost Extended Wheelbase

Rolls-Royce unveils an extended wheelbase Ghost - a stretched baby, if you like. If you're wondering where that leaves the Phantom, fear not, for the Phantom is still much longer.

SAIC-VW Passat.   SAIC-VW Passat

The Volkswagen Passat is already a huge hit in China and now the Chinese get their own version. It's slightly larger than the European Passat but comes with the same 1.4-, 1.8- and 2.0-litre TSI petrol engines.

Subaru XV concept.   Subaru XV concept

Remember the Tribeca? What do you mean, you've never... anyway, this is Subaru's latest SUV, which is more like an Impreza crossover. It'll eventually come to the UK, as Subaru attempts to dine on something other than its past.

Volkswagen Beetle.   Volkswagen Beetle

It's longer, lower and wider than the car it replaces to look more like the original from the 1930s. The new Beetle is also less cutesy and more gutsy thanks to a 197bhp 2.0-litre turbo petrol option. It goes on sale in early 2012.

Volvo Concept Universe.   Volvo Concept Universe

Volvo is planning a new large car to take on the likes of the Mercedes-Benz CLS and Jaguar XF. Its sleek profile hints at a fastback style and it's rumoured it will revive the S90 name in 2013.


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