Beijing Auto Show

Beijing Auto Show

First teased back in January under a sheet of white cloth, Peugeot’s Beijing-bound concept vehicle has finally had the covers pulled off, revealing a dramatically-styled four-door coupe bearing the name "Exalt". So here it is, ladies and gentlemen: the Peugeot Exalt Concept.

Back when it was first teased, Peugeot boldly announced that this concept would serve as a follow up to the incredible Onyx Concept we saw at the 2012 Paris Auto Show . If anything, the Exalt has some pretty enormous shoes to fill, considering how bonkers the Onyx turned out to be with its insane 680-horsepower and 1,061-pound-feet output.

Peugeot is presenting the Exalt Concept with a Hybrid4 powertrain that combines with a gasoline engine and an electric motor, producing a combined output of around 340 horsepower. It’s not on the level of the Onyx, but really, there aren’t a lot of cars out there that are on the level of the Onyx.

Updated 09/04/2014: Peugeot will bring a new version of the Exalt concept to the 2014 Paris Auto Show. The new version will feature a new combination of colors: grey covering the majority of the exterior combined with a ‘Shark Skin’ rear end and ‘Newspaper Wood’ finish for the interior.

Click past the jump to read more about the Peugeot Exalt Concept.

The Bugatti Veyron , the world’s fastest production car in its Super Sport guise, is nearly ten years old. Although in today’s automotive industry ten years on the market make a car obsolete, the Veyron is here to stay until the manufacturer sells its remaining stock. About a year ago, Bugatti’s stock included 50 units of the Grand Sport Vitesse roadster.

I have to be honest with you guys, I’ve never been a fan of the Veyron. Mainly because it was developed as a speed record car. It’s the result of Bugatti’s obsession with the McLaren F1 , the production supercar that held the world record from 1993 until 2005. Unlike the Veyron, which can reach an intoxicating 267.85 mph on an oval track, the F1 was also a successful race car , proving itself at Le Mans.

Of course, with a luxurious interior and badge that speaks for itself, the Veyron is more than just a gas-guzzling, tire-wearing machine. Now that the supercar has reached its final months on the market, Bugatti has decided to sweeten up the deal with half a dozen of very exclusive models launched under the "Les Legendes de Bugatti " flag.

With the first four version already launched and sold out, the French automaker has just introduced the fifth special-edition model — the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Black Bess. Based on the record-setting roadster, the Black Bess pays tribute to a Type 18 model that was built in 1913 and delivered to aviation pioneer Roland Garros.

Named after an English race horse, the Type 18 Black Bess was built around one of the fastest pre-war Bugattis, a two-seater that was powered by more than 100 horsepower that propelled it to a top speed of 100 miles per hour. It doesn’t seem much nowadays, but it was lightning-fast in the 1910s.

Updated 06/12/2014: Bugatti unveiled a cool promo video for the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Black Bess. Check it out in the "Videos" tab. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read more about the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Black Bess.

The Chinese market got an early look at the new-generation Jeep Cherokee earlier this year. If our Chinese friends are paying attention to the Beijing Auto Show , they might find the Cherokee even more appealing with the debut of the Cherokee Sageland Concept. Featuring a bevy of cosmetic changes on the exterior and the interior, the Cherokee Sageland Concept really does bring out the best in the SUV .

For this specific concept, Jeep drew inspiration from a region in China that’s considered more of a legend than an actual location: Shangri-La.

It’s an ambitious task considering that the historical landmarks and natural sceneries in Shangri-La is more a myth than anything else. But give props to Jeep for embracing the challenge of turning the Cherokee with an aesthetic upgrade that will draw the curious side of the Chinese people.

Considering that we’re not really big fans of the Cherokee’s new look, we have to admit that the Sageland Concept does a good job of drawing attention away from its overwhelming appearance, making the SUV look, admittedly, quite attractive.

The upgrades shown on the concept actually makes us wonder if the Cherokee really is an acquired taste for some people. At the very least, the Sageland Concept has made us believe that it’s actually possible.

Click past the jump to read more about the Jeep Cherokee Sageland Concept

Given how much Citroen has invested on the Chinese market, it was only a matter of time before the French automaker expanded its lineup in the country. That time has apparently come with the debut of the C-XR Concept at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show .

Okay, it doesn’t look as much of a concept as it does a near production-ready model that could be sent to dealerships sooner than later, possibly as soon as later in 2014. The C-XR also holds the distinction of being the first Citroen model the developed with the Dongfeng Motor Group, as clear a sign of where the C-XR is going to be offered once the production version is ready.

Overall, the C-XR is a sharply-designed crossover that should go over among Chinese customers, especially the young-and-hip crowd that puts a vehicle’s style and design over everything else, including its performance credentials.

That’s exactly the formula Citroen followed in developing the C-XR Concept. Only time will tell if the production version adopts the same architecture.

Click past the jump to read more about the Citroen C-XR Concept.

The Jeep Cherokee’s presence at the Beijing Auto Show just goes to show that Jeep is hitching a lot of its hopes on the SUV to be a sales hit in China. In an attempt to drum up even more interest in the Cherokee, Jeep decided that unveiling a pair of Cherokee concepts in Beijing, including the Urbane Concept, would be a smart idea. On that end, Jeep got it right.

Together with the Cherokee Sageland Concept, the Urbane Concept represents a stylish and upmarket Cherokee that gives the iconic American SUV more character than what you can get from its standard guise.

The Cherokee Urbane Concept certainly lives up its name, thanks to a treasure trove of new features on both its exterior and interior. Look closer and you might even notice that Jeep’s design details on the Urbane Concept carries a lot of Chinese elements that include old-school calligraphy and traditional Chinese windows.

It’s a real treat for the senses, especially if you’re one who appreciates unique, production-looking concepts like this particular Cherokee. It might still be a concept by the definition of the word, but we think there’s a production future for the Cherokee Urbane Concept.

And we’re not just talking about the Chinese market.

Click past the jump to read more about the Jeep Cherokee Urbane Concept

Land Rover has yet to bring the Range Rover Hybrid to the United States, but the fuel-sipping SUV is already available in Europe and, according to the company, it will go on sale in China next month as well.

The big news, however, is that the world’s largest automotive market is also getting the hybrid powertrain in the long-wheelbase version of the Range Rover , allowing Chinese customers to enjoy an extra 186 mm (7.3 inches) of rear legroom.

Developed on the same Silk Trail expedition know-how that led to the creation of the regular Ranger Rover Hybrid, the long-wheelbase version benefits from the same powertrain and performance specs.

At the heart of the SUV lays a 3.0-liter, SDV6, turbo-diesel engine and a 35-kW (47-horsepower) electric motor that combine to deliver 335 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Connected to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission, the combo enables the vehicle to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in about 7.5 seconds, while top speed is rated at 135 mph.

When used on electric power alone, the SUV has a range of only one mile and can reach a top speed of 30 mph. Moving over to what matters the most to a hybrid — fuel efficiency — the Range Rover LWB promises to return up to 37 mpg combined, a figure unchanged versus the regular wheelbase model. Additionally, regenerative braking helps recharge the batteries while you bring the SUV to a stop.

While Chinese deliveries will commence in the fourth quarter of the year, details as to when the Range Rover Hybrid will cross the Pond to North America are still unavailable. However, U.S. dealerships should get it by the end of 2015.

Click past the jump to read more about the Land Rover Range Rover Hybrid Long Wheelbase.

Happy Thursday everyone! It is time once again for the TopSpeed Podcast . This week we are a man down as Mark is in North Carolina checking out the all-new 2015 Hyundai Genesis . We are very jealous of him, and poke lots of fun.

Once we get down to business, we cover Weekly Wheels in which Justin discusses a very expensive tiny Mazda, and I wax poetically about how freaking fast the Nissan GT-R is.

News this week is once again full of auto show happenings. We discuss our best and worst picks for New York , cover a few pieces of the NYC show we missed last week, and then we talk about some of the reveals that took place at Beijing. Some of the Beijing news included the new VW NMC concept and the Audi TT Offroad concept.

This week we did also do video! It should be uploaded later tonight and we will update the post tomorrow

The Questions and Answers segment was short this week as we only had one submission, so don’t forget to send us questions in the comments, on the Twitters (@TopSpeedPodcast) or in an email: Podcast@TopSpeed.com

Since there is only two of us, we decided to put Own Drive Burn on hold until Mark returns. Don’t forget to send us suggestions for those as well.

We want to thank everyone for listening, and we hope everyone has a great weekend. If you liked this week’s Podcast, why don’t you give us a rating or a review over at iTunes. It makes us feel happy inside when you do that. Click play below or above to listen to the podcast.

Weekly Wheels: Mazda3 , Nissan GT-R
Hosts: Christian Moe, Justin Cupler

One of the less talked about but no less exciting cars of the Beijing Motor Show is this Lexus of China-built CT BG 200h. Customized with a “more personalized design language,” the concept looks the part of a racer with its carbon-fiber exterior bits and bespoke paint job.

The concept is based on the 2014 Lexus CT 200h F Sport , though this finished product drastically builds off the stock car. The large spindle grille has new mesh, while the front chin splitter is much larger and includes little winglets on corners. The added aero work continues around the side with finned rocker panels and finned rear bumper edges.

Out back, the carbon-fiber rear fascia is much more aggressive in looks and functionality. Topping the car is a carbon-fiber wing mounted atop the rear hatch for additional downforce. The unique black and white paint scheme accented with gold stripes and black thin-spoke wheels, give a whole new look to the otherwise average CT 200h.

The décor inside the concept is of a similar motif, sporting carbon-fiber pieces and continuing the exterior color combination.

Unfortunately, Lexus hasn’t mentioned anything about matching the exterior’s racy theme with more horsepower or a retuned suspension. Looks like the concept — which it will likely stay — must make do with the ho-hum 134 horsepower from the 1.8-liter I-4 and the hybrid drive system. That means 0-60 times will still take 9.8 seconds and its top speed will be limited to 113 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus CT BG Concept.

Source: Car Watch

The development of the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge is inching closer and closer to production. At the Beijing Auto Show , we got a clearer picture of where Infiniti stood with the development of the car when it announced that it had already built and track tested a prototype version of the concept and that it had officially become an engineering feasibility study.

We’re trying not to be too excited, but really, how can you not be, right?

According to Infiniti, the Q50 Eau Rouge prototype is moving further along in its testing, having already done on-track dynamics testing at the Millbrook Proving Ground with four-time Formula One champion and Infiniti’s Director of Performance Sebastian Vettel at the center of all the testing.

It doesn’t get any better than that for Infiniti having Vettel part of the development of the Q50 Eau Rouge. But Vettel’s involvement is just one aspect of the overall scope of the process that leads to the production model of the vehicle. Apparently, Infiniti is also planning to refine and test out the car’s aerodynamic performance, as it announced that the prototype has been dropped by 15 to 20 mm (0.59 to 0.78 inches) and this has shown better under-car airflow, but they think they can do even better with flat, under-car panels.

Some people might scoff at the time and money Infiniti is spending on the developing the Q50 Eau Rouge. But people have to understand what the car means to the company. After all, you only need to look at Infiniti’s parent company, Nissan, and its GT-R to understand what it would do for Infiniti if the Q50 Eau Rouge lives up to all the hype.

This model could very well end up being Godzilla’s carbon-fiber-clad and better-dressed cousin. So, yeah, it’s a pretty big deal that Infiniti is doing all it can to ensure that every development phase of the Q50 Eau Rouge is given full and undivided attention.

"Taking the decision to build and develop a prototype of the Q50 Eau Rouge concept following the positive response we received in Detroit and Geneva, was a logical next step for us in our evaluation process," said Johan de Nysschen, President of Infiniti Motor Company Limited.

Once its completed, the high-performance sedan is being tipped as the crown jewel of Infiniti’s lineup, one that features the very best of the GT-R’s monstrous power and the technology of Formula One combined into one.

Click past the jump to read more about the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge.

Jeep pulled a surprise on all of us with all the concepts it brought to the Beijing Auto Show . We say ’surprise’ because we actually thought that if there was an auto show that would have had a strong Jeep presence, it would’ve been the recently-concluded New York Auto Show . But we’re not complaining that Jeep chose Beijing to strut its new wares, including the Jeep Wrangler Sundancer, which by all accounts, looks right at home in China with its fancy colors and even fancier new additions.

You don’t need to tell us how sophisticated this Wrangler looks, relative to its status as a weekend off-road warrior. But it’s a good thing that Jeep decided to dress up this Wrangler for the occassion. After all, it’s not often that you see a utility ride like the Wrangler receive a tri-coat Chocolate Brown Metallic paint with gold accents, and did we mention the Golden Bronze tone-on-tone ghosted pattern on the fender flares and the bronze-tinted windows?

But that’s not the extent of changes you’ll see on the Wrangler Sundancer. Notice how the front and rear bumpers have been also been painted in the same tri-coat Chocolate Brown metallic paint to complement the body lines. But instead of the gold accents on the body, the bumpers received golden bronze accents to go with the linear LED lighting.

This isn’t your normal Jeep Wrangler. That much we know just by looking at it. It’s a Wrangler that clearly knows how to dress up to cater to the Chinese market, something we suspect Jeep did intentionally, and even quite proudly.

Click past the jump to read more about the Jeep Wrangler Sundancer


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