BMW 5-series hybrid
BMW 6-series coupé
Chevy revealed its new Malibu model, a car which will reach Europe — but not necessarily the UK — in 2012. According to GM, the Malibu is the “first global mid-size car.”
The French car manufacturer launched the latest model in its ‘premium’ DS line-up, the family saloon-sized DS5. It features recognisable DS cues, including LED lighting strips at the front, and also adds some new styling flourishes.
Introduced for the Chinese market only at the show was a new version of its luxury XJ saloon equipped with a lower-powered 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine.
Jaguar XJ V6
Another model designed for China, Kia showed us the K2, a Rio-based saloon that is expected to be a "highly competitive offering in a segment that accounts for 16 per cent of all new car sales in China".Kia also gave us the Naimo concept, a car we already saw in Seoul last month.
Previewed at the show was the Concept A study, the new A-class, which is designed as a sporty rival for the Audi A3 and BMW 1-series. We also learned that Merc's China tie-up with struggling car maker BYD will still go ahead.
Merc's China tie-up to go ahead
MG unveiled one of the early stars of the show: a new Focus-size hatchback called Concept 5, which blends ‘new MG’ design cues with new design features. Also at the show, the MG3, a car we've seen before.
Mini used Shanghai to wheel out its most exclusive special edition yet: a Rolls-Royce-fettled Cooper S that could carry a price tag as high as £50,000. Special features include a bespoke interior and deep lambswool fleece carpets.
'Mini Inspired by Goodwood’
Nissan used Shanghai to showcase this small sports concept. Based on a Micra, the concept is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol motor, developing 188bhp.
Nissan sports concept
The SxC concept was Peugeot's dramatic star of the show. Designed as a jumbo SUV, it's longer, wider and lower than a Porsche Cayenne. Features include reverse-hinged ‘suicide’ rear doors and 22-inch wheels.
Based on a Ssangyong Kyron SUV, the Roewe W5 is built as part of a co-operation between SAIC and Ssangyong, and will be powered by the same 1.8T petrol engine that power's the Roewe 550 and 750. Production has been slated for the end of the year.
Rolls-Royce chose Shanghai to introduce the first of a number of models to be spun off the platform of its new smaller saloon: the Ghost Extended Wheelbase.