There was plenty to see in the show halls of Shanghai, and no shortage of things to talk about. Whether it was new supercars, the unstoppable march of the SUV or the conspicuous familiarity of some of the homemade newcomers to some established models, there was plenty to catch the eyes and ears of visitors.
Appealing for how it looks and its intent, but the real triumph of the Citroen Aircross is the exterior styling, which proves beyond doubt that the template set by the quirky C4 Cactus can be adapted and interpreted into a variety of bodystyles without any risk of becoming a caricature.
If the definition of a Shanghai show star is the vehicle you spend longest gawping at in open-jawed disbelief, the Startech Range Rover pick-up gets my vote. There seemed little point in asking the Brabus-related tuning company why they made it, because the answer would simply be “why not?”.
While I wouldn’t call the Mercedes-Benz GLC coupe a landmark in automotive styling, I’m impressed by how well integrated and attractive its shape is, especially given how some of its rivals look. It bodes well for the normal GLC too, which we will see for real this summer. AF
Burt claims that the open-jawed disbelief market in Shanghai was cornered by the Startech Range Rover, but it was another Land Rover corruption that gets my vote. For the sheer brass neck of thinking it acceptable to fashion a crude facsimile of a production car and pass it off as your own, the LandWind X7 demands attention. Sadly, not for the right reasons. That it is now cleared for production boggles the mind.
At £126k, McLaren's 540C could prove to be the honey in the company's ever-expanding range of supercars, especially given the fact it's £17,250 less than its 570S bigger brother, but with only a 30bhp deficit. I can feel a group test coming on with its German rivals...
With so many SUVs on the market, I'm surprised that another one is my star of the show. It's good to see the MG GS SUV on display in Shanghai, especially since it's stayed so close to the look of the concept and because the interior looks more inviting than MG's current offerings'. Could the GS improve MG's sales in the UK? I think so, but the diesel engine is a must for success in Europe.