Luxgen shows Neora EV concept in Shanghai

Filed under: Concept Cars, Sedan, China, Shanghai Motor Show, Electric

Luxgen Neora EV Concept

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Luxgen is making a splash at the Shanghai Motor Show with the world debut of its Neora EV sedan shown here. Sporting a 48 kW induction motor, Luxgen says the car’s electric powertrain will push the four-door to 60 miles per hour in an impressive 6.5 seconds. That may not be lightning quick, but it’s plenty rapid enough – even by internal combustion standards. To make matters more intriguing, Luxgen says the Neora should be able to go around 250 miles on a single charge. When the juice runs out, the company claims you can have the Neora’s battery back to 80 percent within an hour, meaning you shouldn’t have to worry too much about longer journeys.

Inside, there’s a full-length glass roof to let in natural light and an LED-screen rear-seat entertainment system. Up front, Luxgen has installed a head-up display to keep the driver’s eyes on the road while he keeps tabs on the infotainment system.

There’s no telling how much of the Neora’s shape will make production, but Luxgen says the car will set the design language for its upcoming offerings. Though the Neora is carrying around a raft of forward-looking tech wizardry, the car’s overall shape looks like it could be a production sedan with just a few tweaks.

Even so, the Taiwanese automaker is noticeably quiet about a production schedule and doesn’t give any indication when its future offerings might surface.

Gallery: Luxgen Neora EV Concept

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[Source: Luxgen]

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Sebastian Vettel takes Infiniti for a spin at the Shanghai International Circuit [w/video]

Filed under: Motorsports, Sedan, China, Marketing/Advertising, Videos, Crossover, Infiniti, Celebrities, Luxury

Sebastian Vettel in the Infiniti G37

Sebastian Vettel drives the Infiniti G37 – Click above for high-res image gallery, click here to watch video

What’s the point in an automaker pouring millions into an F1 team if it can’t leverage a little star power? In Infiniti’s case, it’s not even running its own F1 team or even supplying engines. Instead, it’s sponsoring the Red Bull Racing outfit that’s out there defending both its titles. (That said, we wouldn’t be surprised if Infiniti’s involvement turned into an engine rebranding initiative for next season.)

As any marketing whiz could tell you, sponsorship is only worth as much as you promote it. So while Red Bull’s world champion Sebastian Vettel was in Shanghai for the Chinese Grand Prix, he took a couple of Infiniti’s finest for a spin.

Vettel being Vettel, he didn’t just drive around the block: he took to the Shanghai International Circuit. (Or, at least an Autocross setup on the circuit’s back lot.) And while he wasn’t about to set any lap records behind the wheel of the G37 sedan or FX50 crossover, he seemed to enjoy the experience, hanging the G37’s tail out making some smoke for the crowd. Follow the jump to watch the video footage and check out the still shots in the gallery below.

Gallery: Sebastian Vettel and Infiniti at the 2011 Chinese Grand Prix

[Source: Infiniti]

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Autoblog Podcast #226: 2012 Volkswagen Beetle, 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, New York and Shanghai

Filed under: New York Auto Show, Podcasts, Buick, Chevrolet, Volkswagen, Shanghai Motor Show

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Autoblog Podcast #226 features Chris Shunk, Zach Bowman, Dan Roth and AOL Autos Editor-in-Chief David Kiley. We start with the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle and then talk about the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. Staying with the auto show theme, we talk about the Buick Envision that has shown up in Shanghai. Your feedback in our Q&A module winds us up, and we’ve embedded that in the post below, as well. Thanks for listening, we’ll see you next week!

Autoblog Podcast #226: 2012 Volkswagen Beetle, 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, New York and Shanghai Auto Shows

  • 2012 Volkswagen Beetle
  • 2013 Chevrolet Malibu
  • Buick Envision Concept

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2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
2011 Dodge Avenger Heat

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Guest: David Kiley
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Kia unveils K2 sedan in Shanghai

Filed under: Budget, Sedan, China, Hatchback, Kia, Shanghai Motor Show

2012 Kia K2

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Kia has launched a new small-car assault on the Chinese market with the introduction of the 2012 K2 at this year’s Shanghai Motor Show. Based on the company’s Rio, the K2 will be offered in both four-door and five-door configurations and should compete with other premium small-car offerings in the market. Kia says the vehicle is the latest in the company’s efforts to better match products with local market tastes, and that the K2 was specifically designed inside and out for Chinese buyers. That means that the vehicle wears a new set of headlights and a slightly-altered grille among a few other minor aesthetic adjustments outside.

Under the hood, the Chinese take on the Rio rocks a variety of drivetrain options, including a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 107 horsepower or a 1.6-liter four-pot with 123 ponies. Both a manual and an automatic transmission option are available for both lumps, though Kia hasn’t said how many gears are on hand.

Kia says that the company will begin producing the four-door K2 this July at a new facility in Jiangsu province. Five-door production will get under way the following month. Hit the jump for the press release, and stay tuned for the official launch of the U.S.-market Rio that’s coming in very short order.

Gallery: 2012 Kia K2

[Source: Kia]

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2013 Chevrolet Malibu unveiled ahead of Shanghai Motor Show

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2013 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ

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General Motors has officially debuted the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu ahead of its global introduction at the Shanghai Motor Show. The model boasts a completely fresh design inside and out along with more efficient drivetrain options. GM says the new Malibu will compete in over 100 markets, though we have to imagine the vehicle will also be integral to the company’s plan to more than double its sales in China by 2015.

As a result, GM has shortened the Malibu overall, though the vehicle is both wider and offers more trunk space and more rear legroom than the previous-generation vehicle. That said, we’re told that those back thrones may be a tight fit head-room-wise for taller people.

Additionally, we understand that in the flesh, the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu wears more than a passing resemblance to the Lexus GS bloodline, though the squared-off taillamps are likely intended to draw parallels to the muscular Chevrolet Camaro. Unfortunately, those fancy LED pieces will only show up on higher-level LTZ trims. Up front, designers adapted some of the successful features of the last-generation car into a more aggressive aerodynamic shape.

Under the hood, buyers can look forward to a more-efficient 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox. The direct-injection mill delivers 190 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque, though GM hasn’t released any mileage estimates at this point. Hit the jump to check out the full press blast.

Gallery: 2013 Chevrolet Malibu

[Source: General Motors]

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Opinion: Shanghai Motor Show threatens to make New York redundant

Filed under: New York Auto Show, China, Shanghai Motor Show

Shanghai Struts its Stuff – Challenging the Big Apple
2011 Shanghai Motor Show entrance

Barely two decades ago, China’s roads were ruled by bicycles, motorbikes and buses.

It wasn’t all that long ago that the Shanghai Convention Center was little more than a rice paddy, but this week, the sprawling facility will play host to what has rapidly become one of the world’s most important auto shows.

By a quirk of the calendar, this year’s big Chinese car show not only overlaps but threatens to overwhelm the New York Auto Show and its ability to garner valuable media time – a development that echoes the rapidly transformation occurring in the global automotive business.

Michael Dunne, the founder of Automotive Resources Asia – today a part of J.D. Power and Associates – recalls his first trip to China, barely two decades ago, when the roads were ruled by bicycles, motorbikes and buses, and the sight of an automobile was enough to draw everyone’s attention. Today, the most populous nation on Earth is also the biggest automotive market, having surpassed the U.S. two years ago, never to look back.

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Paul EisensteinPaul A. Eisenstein is Publisher of TheDetroitBureau.com, and a 30-year veteran of the automotive beat. His editorials bring his unique perspective and deep understanding of the auto world to Autoblog readers on a regular basis.

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Citroën DS5 revealed in Shanghai [w/video]

Filed under: Hybrid, Wagon, Europe, Videos, Hatchback, Citroën, Shanghai Motor Show, Design/Style, Diesel

Citroen DS5

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Citroën has taken the digital wraps off of its upcoming DS5 as part of its debut at this week’s Shanghai Motor Show, and from the looks of things, the new model is about as sexy as a small wagon/hatch can be. There’s plenty of influence from the smaller DS3 thanks to an aggressively swept nose and curvaceous flanks, though expect to find a lot more interior room on board. The new production Citroën takes dead aim at manufacturers like BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz, albeit with a uniquely French sensibility.

Technically, the DS5 is based on the Peugeot 508 platform, which means that the Citroën will likely inherit some of that sedan’s favorable driving characteristics. Drivetrain options are still up in the air at the moment, though word has it that buyers will be able to get their hands on a hybrid version once the car sees showrooms. In that guise, the wagon will boast around 200 horsepower thanks to a diesel engine up front and an electric motor out back.

Hit the jump to check out the full video unveil and to check out the official press release. Thanks for the tip, Walter!

Gallery: Citroen DS5

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Buick Envision Concept touches down in Shanghai

Filed under: Concept Cars, China, Crossover, Buick, Shanghai Motor Show

Buick Envision SUV Concept

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General Motors has rolled out a new hybrid SUV concept that’s custom tailored for the Chinese market. The Buick Envision SUV Concept rolls together the future of the Tri-Shield’s design language with a fuel-efficient drivetrain to give us all an idea of where brand is headed in the near future. Worked up as a joint venture between Shanghai GM and the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center, the Envision borrows the same waterfall grille found on the company’s current stable of products and mixes in a host of angles and curves.

Regardless of whether or not the exterior leaves you cold, plug-in hybrid fans are likely to find something to smile about under the hood. The Envision uses a 2.0-liter direct-injection gasoline engine coupled to two electric motors and an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Power is stored in a lithium-ion battery and the vehicle’s roof wears a solar cell to help recuperate some power.

With a fully-carbon fiber chassis and an intelligent solar charging system, we don’t exactly expect the Envision to roll onto dealer lots any time soon. Hit the jump for the full press blast.

Gallery: Buick Envision SUV Concept

[Source: General Motors]

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2011 Chinese Grand Prix packs the action into Shanghai [spoilers]

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2011 Chinese Grand Prix

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After a solid month’s worth of previews, the Shanghai Motor Show will finally open its doors this week. And when it does, it will feature an unprecedented number of world debuts. But as central as the Chinese port city has become to the international auto show circuit, the expo wasn’t the only event of worldwide interest occurring there this week.

Shanghai also played host this weekend to the Chinese Grand Prix, the third race in this year’s Formula One World Championship. And with rivalries so closely contested, it was still anyone’s guess as to how it would unfold. Follow the jump for the full play-by-play.

Gallery: 2011 Chinese Grand Prix

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Geely channels London’s iconic taxi with Englong SC7-RV for Shanghai

Filed under: Wagon, China, Work, Shanghai Motor Show, Geely

Geely SC7-RV

Geely Englong SC7-RV – Click above to view the image gallery

Chinese automaker Geely is part owner of Manganese Bronze, which makes the famous black taxi cabs for the UK and Chinese markets. But while a pricey cab makes sense for the UK, a high-dollar cab in China isn’t always profitable. For that reason, Geely will introduce the Englong SC7-RV next week at the Shanghai Motor Show.

While the instantly recognizable UK taxi does its job well, it utilizes a platform that is totally unique. By contrast, the Englong SC7-RV will reportedly use a platform from Geely’s existing fleet. And since the parts are common and the production will likely occur in China, costs are expected to dip considerably. And if you ask us, the SC7-RV actually manages to look kind of cool. Even better for prospective taxi owners in China, this livery special will likely make it to production.

Gallery: Geely Englong SC7-RV

Geely Englong SC7-RV

[Source: China Car Times]

Geely channels London’s iconic taxi with Englong SC7-RV for Shanghai originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 15 Apr 2011 17:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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