Bentley's future in China
Bentley boss Wolfgang Dürheimer has said China will become the firm’s biggest market in a few years, overtaking the US and Europe for sales.
He said: “We regularly test in China for different climates and in city traffi c conditions.” He added that strict emissions regulations in China made it the perfect test bed for reaction to its recently revealed EXP12 Speed 6e electric sports car concept: “We want to see where Chinese opinion lies, to see if they believe this could be an opportunity.”
Skoda's replacement for Josef Kaban
Skoda's search for a replacement for its BMW-bound design chief Josef Kaban has taken another twist. The usually high-profile Kabaň is on gardening leave until he joins BMW in the summer and wasn’t present at any Vision E briefings in Prague or Shanghai.
A few weeks ago, the appointment of “an inside candidate” looked imminent, but the rumours in Shanghai suggested the search has been widened to include talent from outside the Volkswagen Group.
The way the Chinese buy their cars
Chinese supercar buyers rate aesthetics over the way a car drives, according to McLaren boss Mike Flewitt.
Some nationalities want to drive a McLaren or read reviews before committing to it, but for Chinese customers, it is seeing the car in the metal that helps seal the deal. Showing the 720S for the first time in China, Flewitt said it was about raising awareness of the marque in the country, through events and having a larger network of dealers.
Flewitt also said the 720S is sold out for a year, with 1400 orders taken.