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Despite Visible Improvements, Certain Chinese Carmakers Continue to Copy


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While browsing through the many premieres of the 2013 Shanghai motor show, I came across the Lifan 620 and 630, with the latter being a new “more upmarket” variant. However, what struck me was the fact that these two models, styled and built by the same automaker, copy two different cars’ fascias.

The 620 is a combination of older Volkswagen and a Chinese interpretation of the headlights found on the BMW 3-Series E90, as well as an M-inspired lower grille and bumper. However, this is not a new model, but the new 630 is.

Shanghai's Auto China 2013 Motor Show in Photos


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It might not be apparent (yet) to your average car buyer, but gearheads and auto journalists have surely noticed the growing importance of China's motor shows over the past few years.

Not too long ago, we often monitored events like the Auto China Show only for its bizarrely styled creations from manufacturers we had never heard before and which many times resembled or blatantly copied designs from western carmakers.

A Video Presentation of the Made-in-China Buick Riviera Coupe Concept


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Last week, General Motors pulled the wraps off a gull wing, two-door Buick Riviera concept at the Auto China 2013 motor show in Shanghai. Even though GM has no plans to produce such a model, the Riviera Concept's goal is to give us an idea of how Buick's design language will evolve in its next generation of cars, for both North America and China, which is the brand's biggest market.

"The new Riviera offers a preview of Buick's future design language," Shanghai General Motors Corp. President Ye Yongming said in a statement.

Geely Reveals EC7-EV with "Detroit Electric Technology"


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Geely Automobile Group of China has revealed an all-electric vehicle dubbed the EC7-EV, based on the brand’s Emgrand EC7 model. What’s interesting about the model is the badge it bears, which says “Detroit Electric Technology,” which apparently means it was jointly-developed by the two companies.

Work on the car began some three years ago, and the EC7-EV is set to go on sale in China in the first quarter of next year. Geely claims it wants to sell 3,000 units in the first 12 months, a figure which it expects to grow to 30,000 in three years’ time.

Great Wall Motors Looking to Commence US Sales by 2015


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The only China-made car currently sold in North America on any sort of scale is the Honda Fit (Jazz), but only the model sold in Canada. However, aside from that and eleven BYD E6 EVs that were imported into the US as part of a pilot program, no cars sold in the country are made in China.

New Honda Jade Targets Chinese Market, but Could be Offered Elsewhere Too


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Honda and its local partners presented several new cars at the ongoing Shanghai Auto Show including the CRIDER compact sedan, the production-intent M minivan study and in this case, the Jade people carrier, the styling of which bears a passing resemblance to the European market Civic Wagon Concept.

The Jade is the completely down to earth production version of the far more provocatively styled Concept S from last year's edition of the Auto China motor show.

This is How Buick Sports Up its Cars in China


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Placed a little further behind from Buick's new Riviera Concept Coupe at the Shanghai motor show floor are two tuned versions of the American brand's Chinese market Regal GS sedan and Excelle XT hatchback, which European consumers will recognize as the (pre-facelift) Opel / Vauxhall Insignia and Astra respectively.

Tongji Auto Presents Fuel Cell-Powered Roadster Concept at Shanghai Auto Show


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You'll be forgiven for not having heard about Tongji Auto. Most people outside of China haven't as it's not a car brand per se, but a division of the Tongji University, itself establish in 1907 by the German government together with German physicians in Shanghai.

The "Tongji Automotive Design & Research Institute Co." came to life in November of 2009 and has since created a number of concept cars like the odd-looking roadster model pictured above and below, which premiered at this week's Auto China 2013 motor show in Shanghai.

Toyota FT-HT Yuejia is a Six-Seater Hybrid Concept Designed for China


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Toyota has no fewer than 52 new releases to show off at the 2013 Shanghai motor show, including many models that are already available elsewhere in the world. The most eye-catching of these premieres has to be the FT-HT Yuejia, which is a concept for a six-seater vehicle designed to appeal to young Chinese buyers.

First off, it is striking to look at, proof that they are trying to shake their image of making boring kitchen appliance cars – well, at least when it comes to concept studies.

Citroen Shares Technical Details on DS Wild Rubis Concept


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Touted as a crossover with “ground-breaking” technology, the Citroen DS Wild Rubis concept was unveiled at the Shanghai motor show, but up until this point, we had but a few photos to contend with, and limited information. Now, though, the French automaker has released full details on the concept which they say “allies attractive design with unique sensations behind the wheel.”

Icona Vulcano is a Coachbuilt Supercar Made by China-Based Italian Studio [w/Video]


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One of the most impressive world premieres at the ongoing Auto China 2013 in Shanghai is the Icona Vulcano, a new and very promising entry in the world of exotic supercars. It was styled by Icona, a European design studio founded in early 2010 that's permanently based in Shanghai’s Lujiazui district, and made by Cecomp, one of the founding partners of Icona based in Torino, Italy.

While Icona originally stated that the Vulcano is a one-off model, its most recent press release notes, "this car is made as a one-off, no more than five will be built", which is a contradictory statement…

Bye, Bye Concept Universe: Volvo Says No to Flagship Luxury Car


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At the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show, Volvo displayed the Concept Universe, a study that was said to preview the company’s flagship luxury sedan. At the Frankfurt show that same year, the Swedish automaker came up with another study for a large luxury car, the Concept You.

One could say these two concepts proved Volvo was serious about launching a flagship saloon model. However, at this year's Shanghai auto show, the carmaker’s CEO, Hakan Samuelsson, said Volvo will not develop a large luxury sedan to compete against the BMW 7 Series, Audi A8 or Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

New Maserati Ghibli Sedan Makes its First Public Outing at Shanghai Auto Show [w/Video]


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The Ghibli, which is “the first mid-size four-door luxury sports saloon in Maserati’s history,” made its world premiere at the 2013 Shanghai motor show boasting two new, three-liter V6 gasoline engines, as well as the brand’s first diesel. The Ghibli, along with the new generation Quattroporte sedan will be the models with which Maserati will try to hit its sales goal of 50,000 units worldwide per year.

Nissan Friend-ME Concept was Designed for Young Chinese Buyers


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Nissan unveiled the all-new Friend-ME concept at the Shanghai Auto Show this weekend, with the Japanese automaker saying the car was designed for young Chinese buyers, a segment that will soon become the world’s largest.

The company says the Friend-ME is a sedan, although it looks more like a hatchback. Nevertheless, since China is the world’s largest market for sedans, Nissan’s claim is understandable. The four-seater car displays a bold design, but its flowing sculpted lines remind more of Lexus concept car than a Nissan study. The car is the fruit of collaboration between design teams from Nissan Design China (NDC) and Nissan Global Design Center (NGDC).

Honda Eyes China's Lucrative Mid-Size Sedan Segment with New CRIDER


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Remember last year's impressive Honda C-Concept saloon? Well, here's what happens when reality kicks in for designers, engineers and managers: the production-ready CRIDER, which made its world premiere at this weekend's Auto China 2013 in Shanghai.

To say that Honda water downed the styling of the C-Concept would be the understatement of the year, though, if you try hard enough, you might find some common ground between the two cars (see gallery after the break).

Smart Reveals Production Version of the Forjeremy, Priced from €34,800 / $45,460


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Yes, you read that right. Smart will build the Forjeremy in an unspecified limited number of vehicles. The Daimler Group brand displayed the production version of the Forjeremy, a car created together with fashion designer Jeremy Scott, at the Shanghai Auto Show.

New MG3 Supermini Debuts at Auto China 2013, Will Launch in Europe This Year


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The CS Concept is not the MG brand's only new car displayed in Shanghai, as the Chinese-owned British carmaker surprised us with a preview of its new MG3 supermini. Inspired by the MG Zero concept car, which was unveiled at the 2010 Beijing auto show, the MG3 is the work of the design and engineering team at the MG Birmingham site in Longbridge, UK.

Honda Proposes New Concept M Minivan to Chinese Buyers in Shanghai [w/Video]


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When it comes to practical people-carriers, Chinese consumers usually turn to small commercial vehicles these days, but Honda thinks it can open the local market to passenger minivans.

Like many other studies shown at the Auto China 2013 in Shanghai, the Honda Concept M is also intended for production with the Japanese carmaker stating it is aiming for a market introduction as early as next year.

Mercedes-Benz Stretches E-Class Saloon for China Market with LWB Model


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Offering long-wheelbase sedans is a must for any carmaker that wants to sell cars in China, especially for luxury car manufacturers. Mercedes-Benz is no exception, with the world premiere of the long wheelbase version of the new E-Class taking place at the Shanghai auto show.

The main advantage of the E-Class LWB is obviously legroom for rear passengers, which has increased by 140 millimeters (5.51 in). Derived from this is the improved ride quality, at least according to Mercedes. Measuring 5,019 mm (197.6 in) in length and with a wheelbase of 3,014 mm (118.6 in), this version is 140 mm longer overall than the E-Class saloon. The E-Class LWB will be built and sold exclusively in China.

Icona Vulcano 950hp Hybrid Coupe Makes a Fiery Global Debut in Shanghai


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The Icona Vulcano has just made its official debut on the Shanghai motor show floor, and with it, we also get the first batch of photos. We finally get to see the much-teased front-engine supercar from all angles, not just the top, but the use of a wall of fire as a background is a bit over the top, and it makes the car’s various styling details trickier to spot. Even the red background they used on their teasers, while not perfect, was better at allowing us to actually see the car…