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Bloomberg News - To see how Shanghai's auto show has grown with the nation's now world-leading vehicle market, just watch the bosses.

While General Motors Co. (GM) Chief Executive Officer Dan Akerson spoke in New York yesterday on the eve of that city's international auto show, his peers were on the other side of the world. Volkswagen AG (VOW)'s Martin Winterkorn, Toyota Motor Corp. (7203)'s Akio Toyoda, and Carlos Ghosn, who runs both Renault SA (RNO) and Nissan Motor Co., all went to the Shanghai show. Akerson visited China in February.

The choices made by the chief executives reflect the growing significance of the world's most populous nation. With about 17.2 million vehicles sold last year, China is about 50 percent bigger than the U.S. market, even while car ownership is 14 times more common in the U.S. than in China.

"That's it, isn't it: Where are the CEOs?" said Michael Dunne, president of Dunne & Co. in Hong Kong. "People know that China is the world's biggest market, but now it's starting to sink in."

Jim Farley, Ford Motor Co. (F)'s marketing chief, called this year's Shanghai event "the most important auto show I've ever been to in my career." China's rise on the global auto scene will rank with the electrification of the automobile among the career highlights he said he hopes to be able to tell his grandchildren about some day.

Ford CEO Alan Mulally isn't scheduled to attend either show.

Beetle Reveal

Volkswagen revealed the redesign of its iconic Beetle in Shanghai, New York and Berlin, and Winterkorn was present for the ceremony in China.

The world's most profitable automaker in 2010 sent four executive board members to the Shanghai show and none to New York, said Peter Schwarzenbauer, sales chief for the automaker's Audi AG unit.

"We're concentrating on Shanghai," he said. "The Q3 SUV is premiered to the world here -- that's where we should be too."

Volvo Cars CEO Stefan Jacoby said in an interview in Shanghai that the growth of China's passenger-car market was inconceivable a decade ago.

"I remember times when I worked for VW -- and had been in charge of the Asia Pacific and China business -- that we could not imagine that the market would have the size of the German car market: 3 to 3.5 million," he said. "Today it's 13 million" passenger cars, and more than 17 million including commercial vehicles.

China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. bought Volvo Cars from Ford in August.

'More Popular'

"The Shanghai show is getting bigger and more and more popular each year," said Chen Hong, president of SAIC Motor Corp., which has partnerships with GM and VW that are the nation's top manufacturers. "This shows the fast expansion and development of the China car market."

While vehicle sales growth slowed in China in February and March and the government has sought to discourage "lavish lifestyles," the popularity of luxury vehicles has continued.

Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler AG (DAI), which makes Mercedes- Benz and Maybach cars, attended the show.

"Top management of a lot of major automakers are here," said Klaus Maier, president and chief executive officer of Mercedes-Benz's business in China. "It is getting very competitive" to get space for advertisement in newspapers such as China Daily, in which the German brand ran a glossy insert.

Toyota's Toyoda hadn't committed to come to Shanghai in advance and eventually decided to attend. He said he appreciated the "support and encouragement of everyone here in China," and that attending the show is fundamental to his role as CEO.

"I feel it is my mission to work to provide ever-better cars to people around the world," Toyoda said. "On this belief, I made this trip to China."

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Looking back to Auto Shanghai 2009, there were 9 so-called all new cars of global brands made world premieres. However, among the 9 new cars, only the Porsche Panamera was a REAL new car. Otherwise, Mercedes S-class and Audi Q7 were facelifted models at the show, while the BMW 760Li and X5M were just new versions of existing models.

Fortunately for the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show, at least 6 REAL new cars are confirmed for Shanghai this spring. The Mercedes Concept A will be a milestone for the 125-year-old company, which means small cars with 3-pointed stars will be sporty hatchbacks, rather than MPV-like cars, an all new VW Beetle will be launched one day before the show, ending the 14-year-old classic New Beetle’s mission, the Audi Q3 will be a compact SUV aiming at BMW X1. A Peugeot SUV concept may be a signal of PSA’s pandering to Chinese market requirements, a Citroen DS5 will be a significant product of PSA’s new Chinese joint venture with Changan, Mazda Minagi Concept, continuing Mazda’s new design language, may be a prototype of a compact SUV, perhaps it will make the future CX-5. Moreover, Other 3 new cars, Buick Envision concept, BMW M5 Concept and BMW 6 series Coupe, are also worth the wait.

In a word, Chinese auto shows attract more attentions from global car makers, because the Chinese market has been more important for them. 75, although the approximately quantity of world premieres in Auto Shanghai 2011 is not yet on par with the Geneva Auto Show, the Chinese show is still far behind. Because in China, many local brands launch so-called new cars every year, but most of them have neither new technology nor reasonable sales volume. Of course, among the new cars of local brands, some will be promising stars in China, or even in the world. China Car Times will keep you abreast of all the latest happenings at the Shanghai Auto Show as it unfolds.

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东风汽车 DFM
奥迪品牌 AUDI
斯柯达品牌 SKODA
东风雪铁龙 Dongfeng Citroën
东风标致及标致  Dongfeng Peugeot & Peugeot
马自达 Mazda
科瑞斯的 Krystal
吉姆希 GMC
江淮汽车 JAC
现代和北京现代 HYUNDAI
三菱汽车 Mitsubishi Motors
宝马 BMW
奇瑞汽车 CHERY
梅赛德斯-奔驰,迈巴赫,smart Mecedes-Benz, Maybach & smart
上海通用汽车 Shanghai GM
广汽集团 GAC
Honda/广州本田/东风本田/讴歌    Honda/Acura
起亚及东风悦达起亚 KIA
Radical Motorsport Ltd
克莱斯勒中国 Chrysler China
捷豹 路虎 Jaguar Land Rover
劳斯莱斯汽车 Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
梅赛德斯-奔驰轻型商用车 Mercedes-Benz Vans
陕西重型汽车有限公司 Shaanxi Automobile
中国重型汽车集团有限公司 SinoTruk
东风汽车有限公司东风商用车公司 Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle
江淮汽车 JAC
安徽华菱汽车股份有限公司 CMAC
浙江吉奥汽车 Gonow Auto
北汽福田汽车股份有限公司 Foton
江西昌河汽车股份有限公司 Changhe Auto
苏州中欧汽车有限公司 Zoeco
浙江永源汽车有限公司 Jonway Automobile
镇江康飞机械制造有限公司 KF Mobile
上海联孚新能源科技有限公司 Lianfu

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■Gonow does the Freelander – G5 launches in Shanghai
■Venucia’s first model shown in Shanghai
■Mitsuoka in Shanghai to cash in on China
■Taiwanese Avant GT concept shown in Shanghai
■Maxus V80 reborn in Shanghai
■Roewe SUV concept
■Roewe W5 on show at long last
■Sleek, slender and surely to be a winner – the MG5 in Shanghai

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*****Gonow does the Freelander – G5 launches in Shanghai
Gonow does the Freelander – G5 launches in Shanghai
When the state owned car company Guangzhou Automobile took over the privately owned Zhejiang based Gonow Auto many automotive industry observers were shocked, the consolidation was expected to be privately owned companies taking over Chinese auto giants, but for Gonow it went the other way around. Gonow has now become the high end SUV brand

*****Venucia’s first model shown in Shanghai
Venucia is the new brand born of proud new parents, Dongfeng and Nissan. The first Venucia concept model was shown off in Shanghai yesterday but will not go on sale until the first half of 2012 according to Nissan Yang Song, the head of sales at Dongfang-Nissan,

*****Mitsuoka in Shanghai to cash in on China
Mitsuoka is a niche Japanese car manufacturer based in Toyama city, they are a small manufacturer but are aiming for the high life in China. As odd as Mitsuoka’s cars look, they do appear to be selling in China, partly on the novelty value and partly because practically everyone in Shanghai has a Bentley, Rolls

*****Taiwanese Avant GT concept shown in Shanghai
Taiwanese design and engineering house Studio X-Gene had their Avant GT on display in Shanghai, the AVANT was a styling and engineering exercise by the company to display their design talent and capabilities to a mainland Chinese audience. The Avant GT is a pure electric sports grand tourer with a mid mounted motor

*****Maxus V80 reborn in Shanghai
*****Roewe SUV concept

*****Roewe W5 on show at long last
The Roewe W5 must have been in development for at least two years now which is a long time for a badge swap to take place. The W5 is based on the Ssangyong Kyron which SAIC obtained when they were the masters in chief at Ssangyong, they were later booted out of control

*****Sleek, slender and surely to be a winner – the MG5 in Shanghai
MG’s chief designer, Tony Williams-Kenny was on hand in Shanghai to answer all of the media’s questions regarding the design and the development of the MG5 concept,

*****MG3 – ready for motorsports, and UK production
The recently launched MG3 was getting its sports equipment on in Shanghai with the car gaining a bodykit, white alloys and a cool rear spoiler to make it quite the little hot hatch for the Chinese market. The MG3 was parked alongside the MG5 concept and it was clear to see where the MG5 might

*****Honda to make electric cars in China
Honda and its partners at Guangzhou Auto and Dongfeng Auto are planning to launch locally produced electric vehicles into China in the next few years according to a report on Honda’s Chinese website.

*****Porsche debuts several new models at Shanghai Auto Show
Porsche has unveiled several new models at the Shanghai Auto Show, including the Panamera Turbo S which made its world premier, and the 918 RSR and the Panamera S Hybrid, making their Asian debuts. The starting price of Panamera Turbo S is expected to be 3,088,000 RMB in China.

*****Dongfeng’s electric cars to be on show next year
It appears that Dongfeng are gearing up to offer electric cars in early 2012 according to media reports and is aiming to sell 100,000 electric cars by 2015 according to Zhu Fu Shou, president of Dongfeng Motor Group. What is currently unclear is if those models will be from Dongfeng’s own brand of electric cars

*****at Wall’s range-extended electric vehicle technology is more convenient and eco-friendly
Great Wall’s ranged-extended electric vehicle technology focuses on electric power, and range extension comes second. The front and rear drive axles are driven by an electric motors each, ensuring better distribution of driving force to each wheel. Control over the two electric motors can assist downhill braking and thus control the downhill speed.

*****Brilliance shows new powertrain in Shanghai
Brilliance’s self-developed new powertrain was shown off yesterday at the Shanghai Auto Show, the new range includes 1.0T and 1.5T engines. The 1.0L three-cylinder in-line turbo-charging engine, coded BM10T, uses VT technology, with maximum power of 75kw and peak torque of 135Nm. The 1.5L four-cylinder in-line turbo-charging engine, coded BM15T, also uses VT technology

*****Chevrolet Camaro launched in China – 458,500rmb and rising
GM have officially launched their Camaro sports model in the Chinese market, almost two years after the car burst onto the big screen and caught the attention of Chinese car fans the nation over in the block buster Transformers movie.

Buick Envision SUV concept revealed

Jinbei’s new S30 SUV in Shanghai


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