Here is your comprehensive guide to all the new metal from this year's Shanghai motor show
20 April 2011

This year's Shanghai motor show has given us interesting and good-looking concepts plus weird and wonderful creations and cars that have been specifically designed for the ever-expanding Chinese car market.

Here, Autocar runs through what you might have missed at the Shanghai show in an A-Z guide. Click on the links below for a full story of every Shanghai show star, including exclusive show pics. There’s also a gallery attached, where you can view a picture of each car.

See a pic of every show star

Steve Cropley's full show report

Shanghai's weird and wonderful

Read the latest show news

Blogs from the Autocar team


The German car manufacturer kicks things off with its Audi A3 e-tron concept, which uses a 211bhp 1.4-litre TFSI engine, mated to a 27bhp electric motor. Also on its show stand was the all-new Q3 SUV, a car that we'll see in Audi showrooms in the UK in November.

Audi A3 e-tron

Audi Q3


Buick unveiled this Envision SUV concept at the show. The four-seater concept uses a 2.0-litre petrol engine with two electric motors and features scissor doors and a chassis that comprises carbonfibre, magnesium and aluminium to reduce weight.

Buick Envision SUV concept


Three new cars to report this year. First off, the eagerly awaited BMW M5 - the company's twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 super-saloon - and also, the China-built plug-in hybrid 5-series for the Chinese market and the production version of the new 6-series coupé.


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.”

Chevrolet Malibu


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.

Citroën DS5


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.

Kia K2

Kia Naimo


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.

Mercedes A-class

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.

Peugeot SxC


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.

Roewe W5


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.

Rolls-Royce Ghost EWB


One new model was shown by the company this year. The Subaru XV concept is a preview of the Impreza crossover, that sits 20cm higher and is slightly longer than the standard model. Subaru describes the car as "a new generation of crossover vehicle, blending exceptional SUV practicality with a fashionable form”.

Subaru XV


The company's sporty and long-awaited Toyota FT-86 II is the car that will bring fun back to driving, according to Toyota. Starting prices in the UK should be close to £25,000 when they arrive in the UK in the second half of next year.

Toyota FT-86 II

VolkswagenVolkswagen’s surprise concept for the Shanghai motor show wasn’t a car at all. The E-Scooter is - as the name gives away - an electric scooter with a range of about 40 miles and a top speed of roughly 30mph.

We were also shown the latest version of VW's ‘world car’, the Beetle. As you'll have seen on this week's magazine cover, the new Beetle offers "more power, less flower".

Volkswagen E-Scooter

Volkswagen Beetle


Love it or loathe it - probably the latter - Volvo unveiled the Concept Universe, the first indication of the company’s future direction under Chinese ownership. The Universe’s bonnet sculpting is drawn from the Volvo PV544, as is the grille shape and low-set headlights.

Volvo Concept Universe

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