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Fiat has unveiled the special edition 500 "First Edition", a model developed especially for the Chinese market. This special edition is limited to only 100 units and is set apart from the rest because of the creative graphics of five young Chinese designers.

The Fiat 500 "First Edition" will be distinguished by a special three-coat pearlescent white body color, red leather interiors, and a special badge on the door pillar. Under the hood, the model will feature a 1.4 liter MultiAir engine that delivers a total of 101 HP at 6500 rpm and a torque of 98 lbs-ft at 4000 rpm.

"The ’First Edition’ is a special offer exclusively created for Chinese customers and represents a symbol that joins our two cultures. Not by chance, we asked five young Chinese artists to interpret the relationship between our two countries in a creative, original manner, and to fashion a tribute for the launch of the 500 in China," said Lorenzo Sistino.

Everything in China these days is becoming bigger, higher, faster, and sometimes, a combination of all three. That’s what happens when you position yourself as one of the fastest growing countries – and in a sense, most powerful, too – in the world.

Straight from the country comes another monumental achievement, something that should prove to be a boon for a lot of its motorists. It’s called the Jiaozhou Bay Bridge and it was recently opened last June 30, immediately being cited by the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest roadway bridge over water in the world.

So how long is this piece of architectural wonder?

From start to finish, it covers a distance of 26.4 miles, which is nothing to snicker about given its enormity. But as with bridges of this size, the name of the game is still about saving time on commutes, which ironically, the Jiaozhou Bay Bridge doesn’t quite adequately accomplish, saving only 19 miles and 20 minutes off of the commute time.

Having said that, there’s still something to be said for a bridge this long and the Jiazhou Bay Bridge accomplishes that by a mile, or 26.


China has been a boon for the auto industry recently, having established itself as the biggest market in the entire world. It seems that everyone is headed to China in varying capacities and now, there’s word going around that one of the world’s most prestigious auto events is looking on taking its annual showcase to the East.

Known for being the Moving Motor Show for its propensity to have its auto displays moving out and about its grounds, the Goodwood Festival of Speed is unlike any other show in the calendar for this unconventional yet extremely fantastic approach. Now, there are whispers going about that Lord Charles Gordon-Lennox, the Earl of March, and the man behind the Festival of Speed, is looking into having the same kind of event in China.

According to AutoExpress, the Earl of March himself recently paid a visit to the People’s Republic to meet with Chinese representatives with the proposal of staging a Festival of Speed type event in China. More to that, Lord Gordon-Lennox also invited a delegation of Chinese representatives to the Goodwood Festival of Speed later this month.

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that these developments all point to something brewing underneath. Could it be that these will pave the way for a Chinese edition of the Festival of Speed in the near future?

Given the industry’s fast-growing affinity for the most populated country in the world, we wouldn’t be surprised if the Festival of Speed finds its rolling event to the Far East in the not so distant future.

Source: Auto Express

Since Land Rover received such positive feedback on their new three and five-door Range Rover Evoque models, the company may be looking into adding a fourth (don’t forget about the Range Rover Sport) model to their lineup. That will be a supersized Evoque with a side order of sportiness, please.

That’s right, one of the vehicles currently in discussion is called the "Grand Evoque" which will be placed between the Range Rover Evoque and the Range Rover Sport. This new model will be built on Land Rover’s new LR-MS platform - the same platform that will be used for the future Jaguar SUV model - and will feature an aggressively sporty appearance and considerable interior space, especially in the rear.

The Grand Evoque is expected to carry the same front-wheel drive system as found in the original Evoque, with a choice of 2.2-liter diesel and 2.0-liter petrol engines.

Expect to see the Land Rover Grand Evoque in the next two or three years, specifically for the USA and Chinese markets where the market for bigger SUVs continues to grow. Prices should start at around £35, 000, or about $56,000 at the current rates.

Source: AutoCar

Is it just us or has the Chinese market received tons of special edition BMW M3s lately? In March, the company unveiled an M3 Coupe Matte Edition after last year’s M3 Tiger Edition , and they’re prepping the market for another one: the M3 Carbon Edition. This new special edition is limited to only 111 units and deliveries will begin in July at a starting price of 1.23 million yuan, or about $189,000 at the current exchange rates.

As its name suggests, the M3 Carbon Edition is all about carbon fiber. It will include a carbon fiber roof, black wheels, an auto scanner, a carbon fiber kit, carbon fiber rear spoiler, high-gloss chrome trim, and contrasting white and black leather with white stitching on the interior. A "carbon edition" logo on the door handles will help to further identify the special edition.

The carbon fiber roof reduces the car’s weight by about 11 lbs, but it also lowers the center of gravity. Under the hood, everything remains unchanged: a 420 HP V8 engine matched to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission Drivelogic.

Porsche entered the Chinese market back in 2001 and to celebrate its 10th anniversary, the company has announced a special edition Porsche Turbo S . There will only be 10 units produced, each priced at 3,488,000 RMB, or about $540,000 at the current exchange rates. Sales will begin in June 2011.

The new 911 Turbo S 10 Year Anniversary Edition will be distinguished by a Gold Bronze Metallic exterior paint job with contrasting accents in matte carbon and high-gloss black on the 19" Sport Classic wheels. The car’s aerodynamics will be improved by an Aerokit front spoiler, front lid, and black matte carbon fiber exterior mirrors. The black matte carbon fiber can also be seen on the upper part of the rear spoiler. Each model will be identified by a unique number placed on the right side wheel arch.

The interior pays tribute to Porsche’s motorsport heritage. It combines black leather with carbon insertions and Alcantara, and also features black instrument dials with a golden insertions.

In addition to the Turbo S 10 Year Anniversary model, Porsche will also be opening three new Porsche Centers in Taizhou, Zhengzhou, Haikou, and Chengdu Airport, as well as hosting a number of events across the country, to celebrate their ten years in the Middle Kingdom .

What happens when people want a car so bad, but don’t have enough money to buy it? Well, they start building replicas. Sometimes these things go well, but most of the time they go horribly, horribly wrong. This Lamborghini Reventon is probably one of the more severe cases of instances when the result is one of the ugliest and most unsuccessful builds to date.

There’s a man over in China that drives an old Nissan A31, but his dream car has always been a Lamborghini Reventon . He eye-balled his Nissan and found ways to convert his daily driver into his version of a Reventon. We say his version because there was no way his $13,800 and his homemade parts could ever match the precision and quality of a true $2.3 million Lamborghini.

He started by buying a scale model of a Reventon and day by day, his 1995 Nissan A31 took on some replica parts and some homemade parts resembling the pieces from one of the most exclusive cars on Earth. He dropped in a Lamborghini RB25 engine and 12 days later, had himself what he calls his Lamborghini Reventon.

It’s sad. It’s just so sad.

The Shanghai Auto Show came and went with one star-studded concept slipping under the radar from a little unknown company called Icona Shanghai. Icona is a design studio based out of China and focusing on projects in China and Asia. Their latest project comes to us in the form of the Icona Fuselage Icona Fuselage , a concept that incorporates a design that is on a completely different level than many concepts we’ve seen in awhile.

The Fuselage owns the futuristic look with a unique body structure that starts with that sleek and defined front end. The front of the car paves the way for the rest of the body’s look which takes the shape of rippling waves going down the side and ending at a slightly upturned back end. The look is completed with polycarbonate alloy wheels and those sick gullwing doors.

The interior of the Fuselage seat four and gets a clean look with controls that remind us of the buttons found on a massage chair. No specific details were given on the goodies provided, but they say a picture is worth a thousand words and clearly, this interior is speaking volumes.

Considering this is a car for the future, no engine could possibly fill the space that only a motor can provide. The electric motors are placed next to the wheels and are powered by a 79 lb battery pack placed in the center. The Fuselage is said to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and will hit a top speed of 124 mph.

Source: AutoMotto

Next to the Veyron Super Sport Black Carbon Edition , Bugatti also brought theVeyron Grand Sport Matte White to the Shanghai Auto Show. Not much was changed for the fastest car in the world, but the new color combination adds an icy appeal to the overall look of the car.

As its name suggests, this special edition comes painted in matte white combined with blue carbon elements on the Bugatti’s lower section and blue finished alloy wheels. The interior is also painted in a crisp blue and is combined with white stitching on the seats, steering wheel, and gear lever. An aluminum console is also present to dazzle the potential buyer.

The Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Matte White continues on with its 8.0L W16 engine because why on earth would anyone change that? This engine produces a spectacular 1001 HP and sprints the car to an impressive top speed of 217 mph.

"This Grand Sport is an example of the versatile possibilities customers have when designing their unique Grand Sport in co-operation with the Bugatti team", explained the President of Bugatti Wolfgang Dürheimer at the Auto Shanghai. "We will continue to expand the design possibilities for the Bugatti brand."

This special Veyron was specially built by the Bugatti customization team to its destined owner‘s exact specifications. That’t right, this baby has already been sold.


Kia has unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show a new sedan model based on the Rio platform. It will be called K2 and was designed and engineered specifically for the Chinese market. Sales will begin this June, and it will be followed by a five-door hatchback later in August.

Speaking at the Kia press conference at the Shanghai Motor Show, Hyoung-Keun Lee, Vice Chairman of Kia Motors, said, "We are confident that this all-new model for China will provide the momentum needed for Kia not only to remain as one of China’s fastest growing automotive brands but also to become a top 10 automaker in the local market in terms of quality and customer satisfaction."

The new K2 sedan takes its inspiration from the popular K5 sedan, or Optima as you might know it, including sophisticated lines that create a dynamic, bold and sophisticated exterior appearance. The Chinese customers will have to choose between a 1.4-liter or 1.6-liter Gamma petrol engine mated to a manual or automatic transmission.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Kia K2 sedan.


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