Beijing Auto Show

Beijing Auto Show

China’s ever-growing automotive market has became such a boon for a lot of automakers that concept vehicles that would otherwise be introduced in auto shows like Frankfurt or Geneva are already making their way to either Beijing or Shanghai.

For their part, Audi is bringing one of these concepts to the 2012 Beijing Auto Show: the 2013 Audi RS Q3 Concept. This concept serves as a response to some Audi drivers that just needed a little more “umph.”

The RS Q3 Concept is a fresh look at what an RS-badged Q3 crossover could look like and since Audi has just released the Q3 , it appears that we won’t have to wait long to see a production model soon.

As for the concept itself, the RS Q3 Concept looks hot in its blue-and-black color scheme. As an RS model, Audi also added several RS elements to the concept’s overall look, including a black honeycomb grille, tinted headlights, a new bumper with graping air intakes, and a new set of 20" aluminum wheels. The RS Q3 is planned to borrow the same 2.5-liter engine from the Audi TT RS , so getting that little extra something should be simple for Audi lovers.

Unfortunately, the Q3 will not arrive in the U.S. until later in 2012, and the RS Q3 has yet to be mentioned in the same breath as the U.S. With the growing love for crossovers here, it may become a possibility. Also the fact that the TT RS finally made its way here greatly increases the chances of us U.S. buyers seeing the RS Q3. So let’s have a look at the upcoming RS Q3’s information, courtesy of Audi’s latest press release.

Find out more about the Audi RS Q3 Concept after the jump.

If you’re squinting your eyes wondering if you’ve seen this car before, then we’ll spare you the brain-racking. This retro-looking luxury car is the Bufori Geneva and it carries that "Geneva" name because it actually made its debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show .

More than two years after it first made waves at a major auto show, the Malaysian automaker is bringing the Geneva back for its grand Asian debut at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show .

For the re-created model that was built exclusively for Tan Sri Yeoh Tiong, founder of the YTL Corporation, Bufori Bufori spared no expense in bringing up the level of luxury. The overall design of the vehicle remains largely unchanged, particularly the retro-classic look that further pays tribute to old luxury courtesy of the rear-hinged coach doors and the carbon and kevlar body. Meanwhile, the interior - with all its leather goodness - of the Geneva carries a high-level of class usually reserved for the Bentley’s and Rolls Royce’s of the world. Check out the built-in fridge at the back, the wooden trays, the ample legroom, and the plush leather treatment as clear signs that the Geneva isn’t just your ordinary sedan.

UPDATE 04/18/2012: This review has been updated with more information and images of the Bufori Geneva.

Find out more about the Bufori Geneva after the jump.

Since the 2012 Beijing Auto Show is coming up fast, it’s only natural for a local automaker to be in attendance at the event. After all, what would it say about a growing auto market like China if it doesn’t have a representative on its home soil event.

Fortunately, MG Motor , a division of Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation, is ready to pick up the mantle with the Icon Concept. Sure, the company is based in England, but it’s got local ties, doesn’t it?

Set to become a production model no later than 2014, the MG Icon Concept looks a lot like a MINI , except for those distinguishable protrusions of the front bumper lights. We’re not sure what that’s all about, but it is pretty odd, to say the least.

For the most part, though, the Icon Concept actually looks stylish. it’s got suicide rear doors that we hope ends up in production. It’s got a spacious and functional interior that comes with four bucket seats, it’s got a massive set of wheels to add a more aggressive stance to it, and it’s rumored to carry 130-something horsepower under its hood.

You’re not going to mistake the MG Icon Concept as a drop-dead, out-of-this-world, beyond-gorgeous concept. But give credit to MG because, if for nothing else, the Icon Concept is an attention-grabber, mostly for the right reasons.

Well, except for that front bumper. What’s that about, anyway?

When students design a vehicle, name it after a Japanese ice skater, and then claim it will see the production line soon, it’s likely that the masses will point and laugh as they crumble up the press release and toss it in the trash. This is similar to what happened in 2009 when students from Tongya University put together the Tong Jian S11 , a patched up hybrid sports car with Ferrari , Lamborghini , and Audi highlights. Now, the folks over at JAC Motors are taking the design study a little more seriously, and bringing it to the 2012 Beijing Auto Show to boot.

Take a look at the JAC Motors S11 and check out the Lamborghini -inspired front end, the Ferrari rear end look-a-like, and the Audi R8 side sills. Can a copy and paste jigsaw puzzle make it as a true contender in the sports car market? Taking out our old-school Magic 8-Ball, we’d have to go with Very Doubtful, and the odds don’t improve when it comes to the engine either.

The JAC Motors S11 isn’t powered by some exclusive engine that will make up for the "borrowed" exterior elements. It will feature a gasoline-electric hybrid powerplant that doesn’t deliver a substantial amount of power, although specific figures have not been released yet.

So why did JAC Motors create the S11? We’re guessing it’s just because they can. We just don’t see any other reason, but maybe they’ll surprise us when the new S11 hits the Beijing Auto Show floor.

Source: Carscoop

Citroen has announced the new Numero 9 concept - a new vehicle that will join the current DS line-up, including the DS3 , DS4 , and DS5 . The Numero 9 previews the styling cues of the next three models in the line: a C-segment premium sedan, an SUV,nd a D-segment executive saloon.

The new Numero 9 is a plug-in full-hybrid vehicle that combines a 225 HP 1.6 liter petrol engine powering the front wheels with a lithium-ion powered electric motor that is positioned on the rear axle and adds another 70 HP. In pure electric mode, the new Numero 9 has a autonomy of 31 miles. It can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds and hit a top speed of 152 mph.

Citroen will be unveiling their new Numero 9 concept at the end of April at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show.

Hit the jump to read more about the new Citroen Numero 9 concept.

Volkswagen Beetle Cabrio

When Volkswagen rid its lineup of the aging New Beetle in 2010 and released the all-new and more stylish Beetle in 2012 , the convertible option was left out. V-Dub-Ya gave no real explanation to the lacking of a ragtop, but we all assumed it would eventually become a part of the lineup; much like it took VW five years to put a drop-top on the New Beetle.

It appears that the Beetle won’t have nearly as long of a waiting period before allowing its new-found male buyers to lower the top and let the whole world know they aren’t afraid to drive a “chick’s" car. At the 2012 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition – Auto China 2012 for short – Volkswagen plans to unveil a new convertible model.

Now hold your horses before you head out to your local “People’s Car” dealership to reserve your ragtop Bug, as the revealed drop- top Bug is not going to be a production model. It will actually be a convertible version of the E-Bugster , VW’s concept electric Bug.

Regardless of the ragtop being on the top of the concept Bug, just teasing the possibility of a convertible Bug is enough to make Bug lovers happy. VW has yet to even hint about a release date for any convertible models, and we have a sneaking suspicion that it will be a late-2012 or early-2013 addition to the lineup, given the fact they are not displaying a production model.

Keep an eye out, as the Auto China 2012 is coming up soon – it opens to us media folk on April 23rd – and we will let you know the second we get a glimpse at it and any information on a potential release date. Let’s also keep our fingers crossed that VW adds a drop-top option to its sweet 200-horsepower Beetle Turbo model.

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."

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