Beijing Auto Show

Beijing Auto Show

The Beijing Auto Show is fast becoming one of the biggest events in the automotive calendar and a lot of companies have taken into introducing concept vehicles in Beijing.

When its doors open on April 23, 2012, Japanese automaker Honda will be on hand to introduce a pair of new concept vehicles that will make their world debuts. According to Honda , the concepts - one is a sedan while the other is a hatchback - are preview models for the Chinese market.

No further details were divulged apart from the two photos, but if the design sketches are any indication on what Honda has up their sleeve, we won’t be surprised if the cars end up being Chinese versions of the Accord and the Civic .

Suffice to say, we’re all pretty curious to see these two concepts without their covers. Fortunately, the Beijing Auto Show will kick off on April 23, which means that we won’t have to wait too long to find out what Honda has in store for us.

Source: Honda

About a week ago, we teased you with a review on the upcoming 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel and its incredible 7.2-second 0-to-60 time. That was just the very tip of the iceberg, as now it is time to get into what makes this SUV a Porsche , the GTS model.

The GTS is slated to be the middle ground between the S model and the Turbo model, but remains based on the S model. However, don’t start thinking you are just getting a glorified Cayenne S when you buy the GTS, as it has some significant performance upgrades over the Cayenne S model. These upgrades include minor tweaks to the engine to squeeze out some more power and suspension modifications.

In addition to performance mods, the Cayenne GTS also features some visual and interior upgrades to make it well worth the extra money it will run.

As we said, there is only a little bit of information to release at this time, but we will definitely keep you up to date on any addition information that Porsche releases at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show and in the days leading up to the show, which starts on April 24th.

Updated 04/27/2012: Porsche has unveiled a new promo video for their latest Cayenne GTS presenting the new SUV in action. Enjoy!

Hit the jump to read the full review.

The BMW 3-Series may be the German automaker’s resident mid-sized vehicle, but don’t tell that to the Chinese market.

In what can be attributed to the Chinese’s penchant for limousines, BMW has acquiesced that demand by unveiling the new 3-Series LWB that will be exclusively sold to the Chinese market.

The vehicle, which will make it’s debut at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show, features a longer wheelbase than the standard 3-Series. The extra 4.3" in length should bode well for all those high-rolling Chinese that prefer to ride in style with a chauffeur in tow.

On top of that, the 3-Series LWB comes in a number of trim models, including the 320Li, the 328Li, and the top-of-the-line 335Li. Powertrain options for the respective models include a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine for 320Li that produces 181 horsepower and 199 lb/ft of torque. Meanwhile, the 328Li gets a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder with 241 horsepower and 258 lb/ft of torque, while the top-end 335Li gets a 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six that develops 302 horsepower.

More details are expected to be revealed regarding the 3-Series LWB when the 2012 Beijing Auto Show arrives. For now, digest these photos and wonder how you can get this ride into your garage.

Citroen ’s current DS line-up includes: DS3 , DS4 and DS5 , but today the company has unveiled the first teaser image of a new DS model - rumored to be called DS9. Official debut will be made in April at the Beijing motor show and comes as an attempt from Citroen to internationalize its high-end DS brand.

The new DS9 high-end sedan has been inspired by the Metropolis concept unveiled in 2010 at the World Expo in Shanghai. Its production version will be offered as an alternative to the German models that are already dominating the sector.

Citroen’s official teaser on Facebook is offering no other details on the upcoming DS9, except that: "The future of the DS line is already taking shape at Citroen..."

But we can confirm that while the DS9 will be initially offered on the Chinese market, it will also be offered on markets like Europe, as Citroën boss Frederic Banzet has explained: "They could end up elsewhere as we have a worldwide ambition with DS."

Lamborghini SUV

Now that Lamborghini has officially confirmed they will be adding an SUV to their lineup in the near future, some have already started to speculate what it will be called. According to British magazine, AutoExpress, the new SUV will be called the MLC. Pardon us for being a little skeptical about this name, but isn’t that what the future Mercedes Coupe Crossover is going to be called? Also, Lamborghini models usually carry some sort of bull name and MLC doesn’t bring about any animalistic images.

Whether it will be named the MLC or something a little more bullish, the SUV will first be seen on the 2012 Beijing Motor Show first as a concept in April. This concept version should provide a very good idea on the production model, without crazy bells and whistles to disguise the true look. The new SUV will be built on the same platform as the Audi Q7 , the Porsche Cayenne , the Volkswagen Touareg , and the new Bentley SUV . However, Lamborghini has been allowed to modify the platform in order to reduce the weight by as much as possible.

This reduction of weight was achieved thanks to the Lamborghini engineers that worked to develop carbon fiber versions of key cabin structures. These adjustments reduced the weight by about 880 lbs., with hopes to keep the overall weight to about 2000 kg (4400 lbs). Under the hood, Lamborghini will combine a 5.2-liter V10 engine with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack for a total output of about 600 HP.

The production version of the Lamborghini SUV is set to arrive in 2015 and will cost about $200,000.

Source: AutoExpress

A few days ago, we reported that Lamborghini was bringing two vehicles to the Geneva Motor Show: the Aventador Spyder and another mystery model. At first, we believed that the company would be arriving in Geneva with the final say on what the third model in their lineup would be, but it now seems we have to rule that out. The good news is that Lamborghini has chosen their third model, but the bad news is that they have chosen to produce the SUV and won’t be debuting it until the Beijing Auto Show in China from April 23-24, 2012.

This news comes straight from Italian magazine, Quattroruote.it, which offered the first scanned images of the Lamborghini SUV Concept. From these images we can see that the SUV will adopt some design features from the Aventador supercar. It will most likely feature the same V10 engine from the Gallardo, but most likely, the production version will combine a combustion engine with an electric engine for a total of 700 HP.

The production version of the Lamborghini SUV will arrive in 2015 as a competitor for the upcoming Bentley SUV .

Source: SupercarTeam

Suzuki is getting a head start on the Beijing Auto Show by announcing a brand new concept car called the Swift R that is said to preview the future Swift Sport . The Beijing show is a long way off - taking place in April 2011 - but Suzuki wanted to start talks about the future sports version of their smallest model early to keep everyone’s interest piqued from now until the show. A lot is riding on this model because Suzuki wants to attain the same kind of success they experienced with the old Swift R.

The style of the concept is inspired by the Suzuki supersport motorcycles, especially the GSX-R 1000 . It features a front bumper with enlarged air intakes, rear spoiler, and wheel arches increased significantly in order to change the character of the Swift.

No words yet on what type of engine under the hood, but we presume there will be a 1.4 liter TSI engine that will deliver either 150 hp or 180 hp. It will most likely be combined with a 7-speed DSG transmission.

Stay tuned for more details!

Source: Autoblog.it

Volkswagen unveiled the new Phaeton today at Auto China 2010 in Beijing. The new luxury sedan features Volkswagen’s new design DNA, meaning a new front section with a new chrome grille, restyled headlights, a three-dimensional moulding of the grille and bonnet, new Bi-Xenon headlamps. The car’s rear has been also redesigned and gets new LED rear light clusters, a new, three-piece chrome bar, modified side trim strips, narrower LED indicators in the wing mirrors and new 18-inch (‘Experience’) alloy wheels.

The 2011 Phaeton will be offered with a choice of two wheelbase options, two back seat versions (three seats / two individual seats) and four engines (a turbo diesel and three petrol engines).

The engine line-up will include: a V6 petrol engine delivering 280 HP, a V8 with 335 HP and a W12 with 450 HP. The diesel engine is a V6 TDI with 240 HP.

The luxury sedan will be offered with Dynamic Light Assist (camera-based dynamic main beam regulation) and a navigation system that, if desired, can integrate online data from Google into the map display.

Updated 06/07/2010: Volkswagen today revealed new images of the new generation Phaeton. Check the gallery to see them all!

Press release after the jump.

Chinese automaker, Geely, is making plans for unseating the Tata Nano as the world’s cheapest car with their very own hatchback based on the IG concept it showed during the recently-concluded Beijing Motor Show.

With an expected price tag of somewhere in the neighborhood of £1,800 -$2,700 - the IG would supplant the Nano, which retails for £2,500 ($3,800) and is currently the world’s cheapest car.

Despite the car’s relatively pauper price tag, the IG concept that we saw in Beijing came with a pair of Mercedes SLS AMG-esque gullwing doors, which made it look a little awkward given it’s rather pudgy size. However, according to Geely, the IG, considering it is 185mm longer than the Toyota iQ and has a wheelbase that’s also 100mm longer, will be produced as a 2+2 vehicle. Of course, the ’+2’ aspect is cognizant to the size of the people sitting at the back.

We’d be really curious to see those gullwing doors on the production version of the IG, but we’re afraid that since they’re trying to make this car as cheap as possible, outfitting those kinds of doors on a car that’s going to cost around $3,000 would be damn near impossible.

Source: Autocar UK

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