The 2014 Beijing motor show might have featured headline acts from Western brands, but domestic manufacturers have also shown off their latest wares.
While cars from the likes of Fengshen and BYD aren't going to shake Peugeot and Volkswagen from our front pages just yet, there are still a number of models worth keeping an eye on. Here's our round-up of the best domestic or China-only models at the Beijing show.
Bejing Auto Senova D50
Saab has returned to a life of sorts with the reveal of the 9-3 based Beijing Auto Senova D50. Beijing’s parent company BAIC bought the rights to both the 9-3 and 9-5 designs from General Motors in 2009. The D50 is a conventional three box saloon, reclad entirely to reveal nothing of its Swedish/American origins. Power is provided by just one engine at launch, a normally-aspirated 1.5-litre petrol motor made in China by Mitsubishi and boasting a modest 110bhp. A rather perkier turbo version of the same motor with over 150bhp is believed to be in the pipeline. Sales will be restricted to the Chinese market.
BYD’s (Build Your Dreams) Tang might look like just another chrome-heavy Chinese SUV with too much air in its outsize wheelarches, but in engineering terms the BMW X3-sized off-roader packs a real punch thanks to mating a 201bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine to a 147bhp electric motor to create what is claimed to be a 348bhp package which, with the aid of permanent four-wheel drive will take the Tang from rest to 62mph in fewer than five seconds. With Chinese government green grants, its list price is reduced from around £30,000 to £26,000, which is rather less than you’d pay for any SUV capable of packing that kind of punch in Europe.