The Shanghai auto show is a regional show for many special cars to the local market that are presented, but also internationally, because the actors are themselves and their cars to be profitable, must appeal worldwide.
Reasons were presented by major Western concepts such as BMW X4 , the Mercedes GLA , the DS Wild Ruby or Blue Volkswagen Cross Coupe , but also vehicles already set as the Maserati Ghibli or the impressive Porsche Panamera Hybrid restyled and GT3 (see previous articles).
This exhibition debauchery has a purpose. Chinese consumers see their standard of living increase, as its legitimate desire to consume. Medium and large fortunes abound so that Ferrari , for example, finds its second largest market after the United States with more than 700 cars passed. “This is all the more commendable, Edwin Fenech said, head of Ferrari in China, the customer pays a lot of taxes by non-locally built models, which can double the price of an imported sports car or luxury. But the economic climate is buoyant and this does not deter a Chinese buyer who wants to have fun. ” Why Edwin is very pleased to present a few weeks after Geneva LaFerrari in Shanghai.
But the range is there with the customization that allow the customer to define the layout and finish of the car down to the smallest details. Throne in this workshop a beautiful California to gently satin paint and covered seats … light jeans. In this case, it is the personal car Lapo Elkann Agnelli, grand-son of the industrialist Gianni Agnelli. “Everything is possible,” said Auto-Addict Amedeo Felisa, the CEO of Ferrari, who moved in in China to meet its customers. And customers there from day one, not only for LaFerrari is exposed there just after Geneva. They choose their future car directly on the stand, transformed into a super-concession.
Felisa has already approved the extension of the number of outlets in China that will target all cities can provide their quota of amateur billionaires red cars. “There is for example in the Northeast, where significant mining and we will sell their cars,” said Edwin Fenech. If Ferrari is happy in China, it is also the case with other brands that expect a double-digit growth for the next decade. Of 19.3 million cars sold in 2012, experts predict of 30 to 35 million cars in 2022, due to a growth of 6 to 8% of sales. Here those who want to turn heads and make their mark now.
Buick Riviera Concept: Its Lost the Thread
The first manufacturer in the Chinese sales ranking is … U.S.. With no less than 2.84 million cars in 2012, he narrowly ahead of Volkswagen (2.81) and will invest in four new plants. In fact, this result is not surprising given the priority of GM China Group. In Shanghai and if the presence of a Chevrolet, a Cadillac or Buick not surprising in an urban environment that resembles nothing so much as that the large cities in the United States, we will be surprised to ‘to cross in more remote provinces, precisely where the efforts of manufacturers will be now.
Large cities sometimes bordering on asphyxia, the Chinese authorities have already taken steps to limit the number of cars waiting for future emission standards, announced severe 2020. Is it to prepare this without denying anything from luxury and distinction beloved of the Chinese Buick that this study quite spectacular? Buick Riviera Concept sacrifices of course the magic of electricity seems a leitmotif for tomorrow.
Designed in collaboration between GM and Shanghai PATAC (Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center), the draft concept design future of Buick and sacrifices before the plug-in hybrid which charging will be done by induction, without contact. Riviera combines rolling “zero emissions” and sporty driving when power is combined with the combustion engine, offering the sportiest performance of this handset.
The successful design should satisfy the entrepreneur, conductive Buick, which explains this choice by the deference it is witnessed when addressing a hotel reception. An important criterion in China and that is the strength of foreign luxury cars. The waterfall grille, strained and pure lines and a control electromagnetic suspension with air springs, should meet all the techies that “fashion victims”.
Nissan Friend-ME: For Thirty Connected
Nevermind the rhetoric of this Nissan Friend-Me as the car designed for Chinese thirties. They would be 240,000,000 and préfigureraient expectations of future clients midsize cars. This concept of five-door sedan, intended to generate “Balínghòu” those born in the 80s, could foreshadow especially the silhouette of the next five doors of the brand. Fascinated by the unconventional door openings, the Chinese will probably appreciate the opening cabinet Friend-Me that will not be retained on a production model.
However, it is interesting to detail this shapely figure whose movements sheet were designed to reflect the city lights. The interior is, with four individual seats, arranged around a central through console, and full of touch screens on the front and rear to break the bubble and always stay connected with the outside world. For Bancon, director of advanced product at Nissan, performance is not the priority for users of this type of car that merely a simple hybridization and a 2 liter engine completely standard.
Icona Vulcano Ferrari Slanted Eyes
The color, shape, technology, the inspiration of all young Icona Shanghai-based firm is transparent and comes right from Maranello. Specializes in engineering consultancy, the firm demonstrates his mastery with a very credible supercar at the Shanghai Motor Show, a hybrid gasoline-electric delivers in the best case a peak power … 950 hp. On paper, this car already fully deserves its name. Remains the brand to earn his own, which usually takes decades to build a story.
But this reservation, we must admit that the GT V12 front engine, aluminum chassis and body components made of carbon fiber, is cause compliance. This is also a French former Bertone, Jaguar and Nissan Chuffart Samuel, who is the author of the style of the car. The objective was to create an association where “Beauty and the Beast unite,” he said. The result seems to the appointment given the interest in Shanghai. The length of the car is 4.45 m and the wheelbase of 2.70 m. If this strict two-seater still hides the displacement of its V12, we know it was designed by Claudio Lombardi, who once worked in the Powertrain division of Ferrari.
It is not surprising to suddenly find two versions of this Icona a propulsion 807 hp 1591 kg April 1 gasoline-electric drive wheels inspired by the Hy-Kers Ferrari 950 hp and 1,631 kilograms. The gearbox is seven reports. Icona make claims a 0 to 100 km / h in 3 seconds, the 0-200 km / h in 9.2 seconds and a top speed of advance of … 350 km / h for the 4WD. All this is theoretical and ask to be checked.
BAIC 900: The Luxury Comes Rolling
The Swedes at least BAIC should not be unknown. This is indeed the builder who bought SAAB which he also exhibited at the booth a 9-5 cruelly cut in the longitudinal direction to exhibit the technical complexity. BAIC will focus, with a slightly redesigned to produce that car called Shenbao D 280 and D 320, a name that is reminiscent of Mercedes .
Besides that, sat on the huge stand BAIC a concept car whose very sleek challenge. Normal, this control design is due to the Italian firm Fioraventi. Also equipped with a through console that divides the four seats and supports tablets connected, this car with doors opening gull-wing will not be produced as well. However, its general external lines foreshadow the future high-end brand that will replace the C90.