2011 Shanghai motor show gallery

The weird and the wonderful cars and concepts from China's premier motor show

The 14th biennial Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition may not naturally figure against the headline motor shows of Geneva and Frankfurt, but with the unprecedented growth of the world’s biggest car market as a manufacturing and consumer power, it is rapidly becoming one of the most important. To that end, besides the wacky Chinese concepts from the infant home-grown marques, there is a great deal on display at Shanghai which is important to the western car market. The Chinese market, as is well known, favours large, luxury cars, but with as small an engine as possible due to extortionate taxes applied to large capacity imports. Therefore the Chinese market is tailoring exactly to the modern needs of the luxury car industry, in maintaining prestige while simultaneously reducing emissions and consumption. Upmarket crossovers and saloons with frugal hybrid powertrains have been seen from Citroen’s DS5 to Audi’s A3 e-tron. At the other end of the scale, and demonstrating the vast (and lucrative) disparity in Chinese buying habits, Rolls Royce, Ferrari and Bugatti have all exhibited the latest versions of their flagship models, to great interest and acclaim. There’s also evidence of the giant leaps made by once-ridiculed Chinese manufacturers. European levels of build quality and safety are yet to be confirmed but the vast majority look fresh, conventional and viable as consumer products. Expect this to signal the start of a trend, which takes China right to the fore of world auto-manufacturing superpowers.

Subaru XV concept news and pictures

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

Mazda CX-5 news and pictures

All-new VW Beetle news and pictures

Most Popular

SSC Tuatara hypercar hits 331mph, making it the world’s fastest production car
News

SSC Tuatara hypercar hits 331mph, making it the world’s fastest production car

Over a decade after SSC last entered the record books, its Tuatara has claimed the title of world’s fastest production car
19 Oct 2020
Hyundai i20 N revealed – 200bhp supermini ready for some Ford Fiesta ST baiting
Hyundai i20 hatchback

Hyundai i20 N revealed – 200bhp supermini ready for some Ford Fiesta ST baiting

Long-awaited second N division model set to shake up the junior hot hatch establishment
20 Oct 2020
£153,000 ​Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA enters final stages of development
Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

£153,000 ​Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA enters final stages of development

Alfa Romeo has put its F1 drivers behind the wheel of the Giulia GTA and GTAm ahead of production in 2021
20 Oct 2020
Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 test mule fires up on video for first time
News

Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 test mule fires up on video for first time

A development car for Gordon Murray’s T.50 supercar has been shown firing up on video
19 Oct 2020