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A concept model that shows the carmaker's foresight, the BMW X4 is making its global premiere at the Shanghai auto show.
It opens a window into the future expansion of the BMW X family, combining the rugged looks of a BMW X model with the sporty aura of the brand's coupes.
The front-end styling of the car exudes hallmark BMW dynamics with classic features like the grille and circular headlights. It has a coupe-style roofline that sweeps downward elegantly, making the car appear longer.
Jeep's mid-sized SUV made its Asian premiere at the Shanghai auto show, further enriching Jeep's SUV selection in the country.
Jeep Cherokee will be locally made starting at the end of this year, said Michael Manley, president and CEO of the Jeep brand's global operations as well as CEO of the parent company Fiat-Chrysler's Asian operations.
Equipped with a 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder engine, the model can produce peak power of over 135 kW and top torque of 232 Nm. The high-configuration variant is equipped with a 3.2-L Pentastar engine that can generate peak power of over 199 kW and top torque of 324 Nm.
A nine-speed automatic transmission that is being applied to SUVs in the segment for the first time gives it more advantages in terms fuel economy.
In 2012, Jeep's Chinese sales reached 72,000 units, up 100 percent year-on-year, making the country its second-largest market only after the United States, its home market.
Making its Asian debut in Shanghai, the latest generation of Range Rover Sport features a high-strength all-aluminum structure that significantly reduces the car's weight, improving fuel economy.
Buyers have a choice of models with a 340-hp supercharged V6 engine or a 510-hp supercharged V8 engine, and an eight-speed automatic transmission is standard.
With optimized ride, handling and steering, the 4.85-meter-long model is billed as the fastest, most responsive and agile Land Rover ever.
Targeting young Chinese consumers born after 1980, Nissan's new concept model is in the spotlight at the ongoing Shanghai auto show.
Making its world debut, the concept model, jointly designed by Nissan's global design center in Japan and its Chinese affiliate, features a private yet interconnected interior space in which four members inside the compartment can share access to information on speed, route and fuel , according to Andy Palmer, senior deputy president of Nissan Motor Company.
The mid-sized concept car's styling showcases the new trend in Nissan's design language. Combining both traditional and trend-setting visual elements in the look, it reflects the contradictory social status of the nation's younger generation, who are eager for freedom but must shoulder the burden of a lot of responsibilities.
The strategic model from SAIC Motor Corp is debuting at the Shanghai auto show and will likely hit the market in May, according to the company.
The most important change in the car's powertrain is a new six-speed dual-clutch transmission, which improves both the driving experience and fuel efficiency.
To appeal to younger buyers, the car is equipped with many configurations that usually appear on more-expensive products, like the start-stop system, electric parking brake and configurable dashboard.
The model is making a world premiere at the Shanghai auto show, marking the first time the premium brand under Honda has launched a global debut of a new product outside North America, the brand's major market.
The concept model's body curve exemplifies Acura's all-new design language characterized by avant-garde charm that blends sharpness with vigor. The front face creates a strong visual impact, and the dynamic grille is trendy and functional.
The compact SUV concept is sleek and aerodynamic, pushing the boundaries of its segment.
The production model based on the Concept SUV-X will be Acura's first locally made product and is expected to go on sale in the next three years.
Making its world debut at the Shanghai auto show, the Ford Escort Concept model is intended to provide more variants for Chinese customers in the compact saloon segment.
Specifically designed for the country, its production model is likely to go on sale in 2014.
Currently, Ford has two classic models in the compact segment, including the Focus. However, the Escort is mainly targeted at those customers who favor a spacious interior and practicality, while the Focus is marketed toward those who pursue driving pleasure and innovative technologies.
The model also showcases Ford's all-new global design language, which features more-vertical grilles as well as long, slim and sharp headlights,
The model is part of Ford's ambitious Chinese strategy to introduce 15 new vehicles to the market by 2015.
Toyota's FT-HT concept car, a four-door hybrid exclusively designed for the Chinese market, made its global debut at the ongoing Shanghai auto show.
Also known by its Chinese name Yuejia, the car features a powertrain based on Toyota's latest hybrid technology developed in China, which also made a world debut here in Shanghai. The pillar-less scissor doors open to wide angles, and its low ride makes it easy for passengers to get in and out.
Its 2900mm wheelbase and six individual seats in three rows ensure the comfort of each passenger. The model is specially designed for the Chinese market, targeting customers born in the 1980s, who tend to go on family trips with parents and children. The car has a length of 4770mm, a width of 1920mm and a height of 1640mm.
The latest compact model from domestic carmaker Brilliance Auto went on sale during the Shanghai auto show. The model retails at between 65,800 and 75,800 yuan.
The car is equipped with a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder naturally aspirated engine. It has two gearbox options: five-speed manual and automatic. It produces a maximum power of 77kW/5800rpm and offers peak torque of 143Nm/3800-4200rpm. The Zhonghua H330 has a top speed of 175km/h.
The model is 4510mm long, 1755mm wide and 1460mm high. Its wheelbase is 2580mm.
The SUV by domestic carmaker BYD is making its world premiere in Shanghai and is set to hit the market next year.
The four-wheel-drive vehicle is 4840mm in length, 1855mm wide and 1720mm high, with a 2735mm wheelbase. It is equipped with the 2-liter TI engine developed by BYD, which produces maximum power of 151 kW and top torque of 320 Nm.
The company also integrates an air purifier in the car's air-conditioning system to improve interior air quality.
The model, produced at Sino-German joint venture Shanghai Volkswagen, just hit the market on the eve of the Shanghai auto show. It is smaller than the Skoda Octavia compact but larger than the Fabia subcompact. It is the fourth Skoda model made in China, following the Octavia, Fabia and the Superb mid-sized sedan.
The Rapid has two engine options - 1.4-liter and 1.6-liter four-cylinder Volkswagen EA211. It also has two gearbox options - five-speed manual and six-speed automatic. The 1.4-liter version generates maximum power of 66 kw/5500 rpm and offers peak torque of 132 Nm/3800 rpm. The 1.6-liter version's maximum power is 81 kW/5800 rpm and top toque is 155 Nm/3800 rpm. The 1.4-liter and 1.6-liter versions have a fuel economy of 4.6 and 4.7 liters per 100 km, respectively.
The Rapid is 4501mm long, 1706mm wide and 1469mm high. Its wheelbase is 2603m m.
(China Daily 04/22/2013 page18)