Beijing Auto Show

Beijing Auto Show

Audi is further expanding its e-Tron line-up with a new A6 L e-Tron concept at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show. This decision really shouldn’t surprise anyone considering people in the Chinese market love their large cars, but want efficiency in their models as well. The new A6 L e-Tron Concept serves up the perfect combination the luxury and the practicality of an A6, and a range of 49.71 miles on pure electric power.

Like all the other e-Tron models, the new A6 L e-Tron concept combines a 211 HP 2.0 TFSI engine with a 95 HP electric motor. The electric motor takes its power from a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery located in a collision-protected space at the rear of the vehicle.

The concept was built on an ultra lightweight principle that combines 10% aluminum with carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP). The interior is almost similar to a standard A6 , except that the power-meter replaces the tachometer that offers the driver the info he needs.

Hit the jump to read more about the new Audi A6 L e-Tron concept.

We’ve heard rumors that Land Rover would be building a special edition Range Rover Evoque in collaboration with no less than Victoria Beckham, but now it looks like those rumors will come to life at the Beijing Auto Show .

Days leading up to its official debut, Land Rover did a little pre-emptive strike and pulled the covers off of the Evoque Victoria Beckham Edition.

Already known for being one of the best designed SUVs in the world - it recently won the 2012 World Design Car of the Year - the Range Rover Evoque was the perfect template to work on for two icons of style. And to their credit, Land Rover and Victoria Beckham succeeded in enhancing the Evoque with the finest quality materials and craftsmanship and ultra-premium interior ambience.

The exterior of the Evoque Victoria Beckham Edition was hand-finished in a high-quality matte grey paint finish. To complement the stealthy look of the SUV, Land Rover fitted the Evoque with a new set of 20" gloss black forged alloy wheels with ultra luxurious rose-gold details, a feature that’s limited to only this model.

The SUV’s interior also gets fresh new styling, highlighted by the sport design four-seats that are finished in a semi-aniline Vintage Tan leather, with a bold ’baseball’ stitch detail chosen by Victoria Beckham as a coy reference to her world-famous husband, David. The Vintage Tan leather is also present on the door inserts, the arm rests, and the central storage box lid.

Finally, the Evoque Victoria Beckham Edition comes with a bespoke, four-piece luggage set that’s made from high-quality internal structure and clothed in hand stitched black leather. Two wheeled suitcases and wash bags - "his" and "hers" - come with zip pulls finished in matte grey and linings made from microsuede.

Only 200 models of this special edition Evoque will go on sale. While the SUV is set to be available worldwide, China gets first dibs with deliveries set to begin in October 2012.

Rolls Royce has unveiled a very cool Ghost Concept at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show that is described as "a highly-bespoke luxury model that encapsulates the richness of experience that comes as standard with any Rolls-Royce and takes it to a new level of sensory indulgence."

The new Rolls Royce Ghost Six Senses Concept is painted in a very cool Carrara White finish - with a name like the Ghost Six Senses, white is the (super)natural choice - combined with new forged alloy wheels and diagonally-oriented, brown oak cross-banding. The interior adds supple natural soft grain leather in enveloping, hand-crafted seats and in the leather headlining.

However, one of the most impressive features of the concept is the audio system which fills the spacious rear cabin thanks to its upgraded amplifier and the inclusion of "exciter" speakers housed in the leather headlining. Sin Sin ce we are talking about a limousine, Rolls Royce has also included a coolbox that will help serve the most refreshing chilled drinks or vintage champagne.

"The Ghost Six Senses concept is a luxurious environment designed for the most discerning of individuals," commented Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Rolls-Royce CEO. "It delights the senses and draws you into somewhere that transcends the interior of a car. Relax for a few moments and you will experience something that is hard to define, but which our customers understand so well."

Hey, as long as Bruce Willis doesn’t show up, we’ll take it!

British manufacturer, Eterniti , unveiled their Hemera concept at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, and they are following it up in 2012 with the release of its production version - the Artemis - at the Beijing Auto Show. The Eterniti Artemis is stated to be the world’s first Super-SUV and will go into production by Summer 2012, with prices starting at £210,000, or about $340,000 at the current exchange rates. Deliveries will begin later in the Fall.

The new Eterniti Artemis is powered by a 4.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that delivers a total of 600 HP and 553 lb ft of torque. It can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds and can hit a top speed of 180 mph.

The SUV’s body panels are made of carbon composite and hand-built, while the interior combines the finest leathers with natural woods and carbon fiber.

Hit the jump to read more about the Eterniti Artemis.

There’s a good chance that anybody who has a Jaguar XJ in their garage probably has somebody doing the driving for them, but their ride along may get more interesting with Jaguar’s latest XJ special edition. At the Beijing Motor Show , Jaguar will be presenting the XJ Ultimate Edition, a special edition model that takes Jaguar luxury to the next level.

The XJ Ultimate Edition will feature plenty of luxury additions, including two separate, fully-reclining rear seats, folding aluminum tables, and just in case the owner gets a little parched, there’s also a cabinet specifically for a champagne bottle. iPads have also been fitted behind the front seats and goes pretty well - albeit slightly confusing - with a pair of TV screens on the back headrests.

We all know how the Chinese love high-end luxury sedans, so it’s no surprise that the XJ Ultimate Edition will be available for the Chinese market and will sell for a little under $180,000.

Updated 04/25/2012: Jaguar has unveiled a very cool promo video for their latest Jaguar XJ Ultimate Edition. Enjoy!

UPDATE 05/01/12: Jaguar has come out and released another new promo video of the XJ Ultimate Edition, telling us, basically, just how awesome the car is. And really, who are we to disagree? Check it out by clicking on the photo above!

Volkswagen is expanding on its E-Bugster Coupe shown at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in early 2012 by bringing a similar model to the Beijing Auto Show. The new model is called the E-Bugster Speedster Concept and shares many of the styling cues as that of its coupe counterpart.

Stylistically, we love this version of the concept because of its drop-top configuration. Nothing evokes images of breathless freedom than driving down the highway in a Beetle with the top down and the wind blowing your hair. The E-Bugster Speedster Concept may still be a concept in every sense of the word, but trust us when we tell you that this is one car that we won’t mind seeing inside Volkswagen dealerships soon.

Will it happen? We don’t know. But rest assured, you can expect a lot of people to clamor Volkswagen to send this one to production.

Find out more about the Volkswagen E-Bugster Cabriolet Concept after the jump.

The Beijing Auto Show has become one of the biggest auto shows in the world, largely because of China’s growing stature as the biggest auto market in the world. So with the ever-increasing spotlight shining brighter and brighter on this event, automakers have taken notice and have put their best feet forward with the cars they bring.

One automaker in particular is Aston Martin , which is coming to Beijing with a special "Limited Edition 88" model. The special edition Aston will be available in a number of models, including the V8 Vantage S , the Virage , and the DBS . A big allure of the Limited Edition 88 model is the fact that it’s being built to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Dragon with the number 88 playing a prominent part, largely because of the number’s symbolism for good fortune and prosperity.

The Limited Edition 88 can be had in a number of different color tones, including Amethyst Red, Volcano Red, and Champagne Gold. Each exterior color comes with a unique interior finish that includes Spicy Red, Deep Purple, and Red Chancellor.

Other elements on the Limited Edition 99 are metal and burl Piano Black finishes with a contrasting Sahara Tan stitching, a special badging that comes with the model number, and dragon logo. True to its special edition nature, the plate is made out of filaments of Metallic Gold, Truffle Cream, Winter Wheat, and Kestrel Tan.

Then there’s the Aston Martin logo, which can be found on the tailgate and is coated with 24-karat gold. Lastly, the Limited Edition 88 has been fitted with a new set of alloy wheels in a ten-spoke design and silver finish and black brake calipers.

The British automaker will only produce 88 models and each will be reserved exclusively for the Chinese market.

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Jaguar F-Type Roadster

The Beijing Auto Show press days are here and just before the doors officially open to the public, Jaguar has announced the two latest additions to its current engine line-up. Both engines will be forced-injection and mated to eight-speed ZF transmissions, making these new additions look extremely attractive.

The range-topper of the two will be a supercharged, 3.0 liter V6 while a turbocharged 2.0 liter in-line four cylinder will also make its world debut. Unsurprisingly, the new V6 engine will deliver more power and torque than the four-cylinder, delivering 340HP in base tune and up to 380HP when the engine is fitted to the incredible F-TYPE roadster previewed a few weeks ago.

Jaguar is keen to point out that the new V6 draws on the technology used in their flagship 5.0-liter V8, so the British manufacturer seems to have hit a home run with this latest addition. As previously mentioned, it will be supercharged making use of a twin-vortex unit and a water-cooled intercooler.

As for the new four-cylinder, it is said to pump out 240HP and is a direct decedent of the 2.0-liter unit offered in the stunning Range Rover Evoque . Furthermore, this engine will only tip the scales at 304 lbs, and is likely to be offered in future base Jaguar models, as well as an entry-level variant of the F-TYPE sports car .

Rumors about a Lamborghini SUV were floating around for about five years before Lamborghini finally decided to ’fess up to the fact that the Italian brand was ready to jump headfirst into the SUV market. There was talk that a production Estoque was in the running as opposed to the SUV, but with the Porsche Cayenne’s growing sales and Bentley Bentley ’s announcement of a future SUV, there was no way Lamborghini Lamborghini was going to miss out on the SUV honey pot. Now they have bought themselves some time before officially rolling out a production SUV by debuting the Lamborghini Urus Concept at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show.

Like with all other Lamborghini models, the new Urus name comes from the world of bulls. The Urus, also known as Aurochs, is one of the large, wild ancestors of domestic cattle. Urus bulls could measure up to 1.8 meters at the shoulder. How’s that for a little Discovery Channel information?

But back to the Urus Concept. The front end is clearly a mark of the Lamborghini brand and features elements already seen in models like the Aventador and the Sesto Elemento Concept . It also features the same red livery as seen in the previously announced Aventador J and the same coupe-like profile as seen on the BMW X6 . Under the hood, Lamborghini has placed a 600 HP engine and has been promised that the Urus will offer the lowest CO2 figures of all comparable vehicles.

Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann has confirmed that a production version will arrive in 2017 .

UPDATE 02/18/2013: Four grey-colored images have leaked from the Chinese patent office, showing off what we think is the production Urus. Check out the images in the gallery.

Hit the jump to read more about the new Lamborghini Urus.

For a long time we have been screaming from the hilltops that Toyota has been wasting its No. 1 slot in the hybrid market by releasing boring hybrids, like the Prius. Well, Toyota is about to release yet another hybrid concept and we can only hope that it is not more of the same stuff we have seen for the past decade.

The details are a little sketchy on this new hybrid concept, but Toyota did release a pair of teaser images, which look pretty neat from what we can see. The front headlights appear to be normal old headlights on the outside, then as they work toward the center of the car, the lights turn a shade of light blue. Not only is the ambient lighting sweet, but from the silhouette this thing looks nothing like the Prius.

In a way, it has styling similar to the NS4 concept that Toyota revealed at Geneva, which Toyota made clear was not coming into production. Rather, the NS4 was being used to test different features that would make their way into showrooms. This may be one of the cars featuring those NS4-like cues that are heading to showroom floors.

There are rumors circulating that the reason this car is only being revealed in Beijing is because the car will be available in China only. We don’t quite see a point of releasing a hybrid in the Chinese market yet, as it is still a developing market. The likely reason for a Beijing release and not a New York release is so it didn’t steal the new Avalon ’s thunder.

The Beijing auto show opens up to the press today and we are sure that Toyota won’t wait long after that to unveil this new gas-electric machine. We will keep you updated as much as we can on this soon-to-be-unveiled hybrid, as we obtain more information.

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