Maserati Ghibli represents the start of a major expansion plan for the Italian marque
New Jaguar F-type appeared alongside the C-type, E-type and D-type
The Range Rover Sport will play an instrumental role in JLR's Asian fortunes
The Concept 500 is a retro-inspired attempt at an SUV from Beijing Auto
Based on the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, just eight World Record Cars will be made
The Mercedes-Benz Concept GLA was unveiled on the eve of the Shanghai motor show
A3 saloon is shorter, wider and lower than its nearest rival, the Mercedes CLA
The third-generation Seat Leon will be offered as a five-door hatch and three-door SC in China
Motorsport continues to be an essential part of Porsche's brand appeal
Volkswagen XL1 will cover up to 282mpg
The Bentley Flying Spur has made its Asian debut in a market tipped to be among the largest for the saloon
The Porsche 936 pictured here was the 1977 Le Mans 24 hour race winner
The CrossBlue Coupe is slightly larger than the current Touareg SUV
Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupe is the second variant of the big MQB-based SUV
Stop-start will be standard on all facelifted diesel Skoda Superbs
Aventador LP720-4 50 Anniversario Edition adds more power and visual drama in celebration of the company's 50th birthday
The LP720-4 50 Anniversario has power boosted to 710bhp
The Volkswagen Group preview event covered all of the firm's brands
Production version of this concept would be Acura's third SUV model in its range
With a 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine, the new Mondeo should rival the outgoing 1.6 for power with greater efficiency
Boldly-styled Honda MPV concept could join the Odyssey in its range
Icona is an Italian firm based in China. Vulcano is powered by a V12 engine
Like the Colt, Mitsubishi's G4 saloon uses its Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution platform
Qoros will exhibit the 3 saloon alongside the Estate and Cross concepts at Shanghai
Hongqi offers a range of Rolls-Royce alternatives
MG had several cars on display, including this MG6 touring car
The new five-door MG3 hatchback was also at Shanghai
The new MG CS Concept SUV is intended as a Nissan Qashqai rival
The Roewe 550 is the successor to the Rover 75
Volkswagen had a strong presence at the show
Hongqi, which translates as "Red Flag", manufactures luxury cars that are popular with the country's rulers
Many of China's domestic automotive manufacturers were present at the show
Cars on display ranged from the realistic to the clearly conceptual
The Rolls-Royce Ghost Alpine Trial Centenary celebrates the firm's completion of the Alpine Trial in 1913
The Detroit Electric SP:01 sports car is based on the Lotus Elise
Some cars were evidently concepts or display pieces not destined for series production
Domestic manufacturers were out in force at the Shanghai motor show
Light commercial vehicles and pick-ups were also on display
Many of China's manufacturers are looking to appeal to younger buyers
Nissan's Friend-ME concept is designed to make all the occupants feel equal
Nissan is keen to showcase its cars to Chinese buyers
Venucia's ViWa concept could point the way for a compact city car
The Mitsubishi Concept G4 is claimed to have "agile and pleasing dynamics"
The CA-MiEV is a development of the i-MiEV electric city car
The Citroen Technospace previewed the look of the new C4 Picasso
Kia's new Horki concept is based on the underpinnings of the Cerato
The BMW Concept X4 received its premiere at the Shanghai show
Citroen's DS Wild Rubis was an attention-grabbing new luxury SUV
The Maserati Quattroporte was also exhibited alongside the new Ghibli
The Ghibli will be the first Maserati to ever be offered with a diesel engine
There is absolutely nothing like the Shanghai motor show Do not go there thinking it'll be something like an Asian Frankfurt. For a start it is far bigger than that king of European shows, already famous for wearing your shoe-leather.
Four years ago there were seven pavilions at Shanghai and we thought its size was awesome. Two years ago there were 10. This year there were 13 of them, thankfully arranged in two long, logical lines - two legs of an upturned ''V" with one mighty extra structure between them, reserved for premium marques. All of these permanent buildings enclose an inner space capable of embracing half a dozen football fields, though for this event it is almost entirely covered with tents occupied by component suppliers.
Apart, that is, from the part reserved for yet more new buildings. Shanghai's show ground isn't finished yet.
When you have an industry already one-and-a-half times bigger than that of the US (around 15 million cars) and estimated to be three times bigger in another 10 years, you can easily see why exhibition space is needed by the 70-odd competing car and truck manufacturers; only about half of them easily recognisable to you and me.
So far we've only talked buildings and exhibitors. What you also get on preview day is a seething, jostling mass of curious humanity, swirling around the cars: families, toddlers, platoons of inquisitive teenagers (all of who all seem to have negotiated the tortuous entry hurdles more easily than us Westerners).
In the midst of this jostling mass, hacks and company officials are trying to communicate with one another, but they are the least of the throng. For car-curious humanity, Shanghai this week is surely the centre of the world.
Luckily, it is surprisingly easy enough to find your way through this enormous exposition. You just choose the East or West wing and start walking. Every self-respecting European marque is here, as part of a 50:50 joint venture with a Chinese partner, and as many less-familiar Chinese marques on their own. Up to four years ago Shanghai was famous for comical copies: a fake "Jeep Cherokee" here, a "Smart" or "Honda CRV" there, all bearing with badges you'd barely heard of.
Two years ago it was a clutch of rather naive-but-promising electric cars, plus a whole collection of blandly styled four-door saloons, all trying to be the 2005 Honda Accord.
This year's running theme was platoons of impressive-looking mid-sized SUVs - from the Europeans and Chinese alike - plus a lot of sharper-looking Chinese booted saloons. The electric cars were on the back foot (the celebrated Chinese rush into battery technology has met with some notable reverses) as car-makers seem have noted customer demand is slight.
Design credibility is something the Chinese makers are gaining quickly, but desirability is the key component that still eludes most of them. Whereas Shanghai VW has 18 per cent of this market, the biggest indigenous Chinese maker, BYD, has less than four per cent.
Among Shanghai's stand-outs for me was the new MG CS SUV, a real surprise packet designed as a co-operative project between MG's Shanghai and Birmingham design studios. It looked progressive enough to be a pure concept, but designers assured us this was the production shape we'd be seeing next year.
Another traffic-stopper was the Mercedes GLA concept, generally admired and not far from production, plus Shanghai-GM's surprise Buick Riviera, the gull-wing four-door hybrid coupe designed entirely in the local studio. Citroen's lovely low-roofed DS SUV, the Wild Rubis, also destined for production around the end of next year.
However, it was the sheer, overwhelming fact of this mighty show - and the seething mass of humanity that will be staging it, viewing it and buying from it over the next few days - that took centre stage for me in Shanghai this year.
If you ever doubted that personal mobility has a future, or that car design is adapting dramatically to the demands of exploding Asian demand, or that solutions for congestion and pollution are needed more urgently than ever - then a visit to this new hub of car culture will smarten up your ideas. China is fast becoming, on its own, the generator of fully one-third of world automotive demand. Europe may still make the best and best-designed cars, but Shanghai and Beijing are indisputably its key customers.
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