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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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If a couple of weeks ago we were talking about how the new, beefed up C63 AMG will also get coupe, convertible and wagon versions , now we have to refocus our attention on the regular C-Class model and its brand-new family member, the C-Class Long.

Specifically developed for the Chinese market, where additional legroom is highly appreciated, the all-new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Long broke cover at the Beijing Auto Show , the country’s most important automotive event for the year.

We’re not at all shocked that the elongated C-Class showed up this month, given that the vehicle has been confirmed since last year, but we’re pleasantly surprised to find out that the China -exclusive model is a full 80 mm (3.1 inches) longer than the standard version. For the record, Audi] added only 60 mm (2.4 inches) to the A4 when it created the A4L.

As the model kept its overhangs intact, the entire length of the C-Class L sits in a 2,920-mm (115-inch) long wheelbase, giving it a longer wheelbase than the regular Mercedes-Benz E-Class . The additional room the longer wheelbase spawns in the cabin is obviously available in the rear compartment, where passengers will be able to sit more comfortably and stretch their legs further before hitting the front seats.

Speaking of which, the front passenger’s seat can be adjusted from the rear for further legroom or to compensate for the extra 25 mm (1 inch) added to the rear bench.

The Germans have yet to reveal too many details, but they did mention the C-Class Long will be offered with two different exterior designs. The tame model will come with the classic front grille with the company’s star mounted on the hood, while the more aggressive version, dubbed the "Sport Sedan," will carry numerous AMG body components, including a front apron, sill panels and a diffuser-like rear skirt.

There’s no specific word on what engines will be motivating the C-Class L, but the company said the base model will get 156 horsepower, while the range-topping version can be equipped with a unit that delivers as much as 367 horsepower. This means that there will be at least a C 180L, which will cover the 156-horsepower version. As for the 367-horsepower version, the only Chinese-spec engine close to that is the 360-horsepower, 2.0-liter from the CLA45 AMG, and it is doubtful that this engine will be in a long-wheelbase cruiser, like the C-Class L.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes C-Class L.

The Jeep Renegade is barely a few months old, but somehow, a special design concept has found itself halfway around the world at the Beijing Auto Show . This is the Renegade Zi You Xia, a new concept that Jeep created specifically to highlight the Renegade’s sophisticated side.

It’s quite appropriate that Jeep nicknamed this concept ZI You Xia, which means "rebel" when translated to English. Even more so with all the China -inspired details the baby Jeep received to cater to its host market.

For one, the Warm Chocolate Gray with a contrasting Dark Anodized Bronze colors of the Renegade Zi You Xia were inspired by the colors of the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing. The latter, in particular, you can clearly see used on the grille throats, front fog lamp bezels, rear lower fascia, skidplate, taillight insert bezel and badging.

To serve as a third shade of the exterior, a Dark Charcoal paint color was used on the roof panel, grille surrounds and door mirror caps of the Renegade Zi You Xia, something Jeep describes as creating harmonious accents throughout the body to cultivate a more premium appearance for the otherwise clunky-looking crossover .

Given how new the Renegade actually is as a model, it’s hard to gauge just how well it’s going to be received in the Chinese market. We’ve gotta give credit to Jeep for preempting sales with this concept study of the Renegade. Chances are, a lot more Chinese customers will be drawn towards Jeep’s newest model now that they know what a Renegade can look like under the best of circumstances.

Click past the jump to read more about the Jeep Renegade Zi You Xia

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There’s a lot of buzz around the upcoming New York Auto Show , which will see vehicles such as the 2015 Dodge Challenger and Charger , the Acura TLX and the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe , but the Beijing Auto Show , also scheduled this month, promises to be equally interesting.

Besides hosting debuts for concept cars like the Citroen DS 5LS R or Nissan’s new, yet unnamed sedan , the Chinese event will also have an impressive lineup of BMW vehicles on display. Among the new X4 , the 2 Series Active Tourer and the i8 , the Germans are set to unveil a new, special-edition version of the large 7 Series sedan.

Developed specifically for the Chinese market, the new vehicle is dubbed Horse Edition. Now don’t let the name full you, this luxurious land yacht doesn’t come with horseshoes instead of badges or saddles instead of seats. BMW christened it like that to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Horse.

Because it will be sold in China, the 7 Series Horse Edition will be based on the long-wheelbase version of the sedan , and will be equipped with a number of BMW Individual and M Sport features.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 7 Series Horse Edition.

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As with years past, BMW is celebrating Chinese New Year with the launch of a special-edition model, built specially for China . We’re pretty sure that most of you remember the very successful M3 Tiger Edition announced back in 2010. Now, as China officially enters the year of the horse, BMW is releasing the special-edition M6 Gran Coupe Horse Edition.

Do not expect this special-edition M6 to offer numerous updates over a base M6 Gran Coupe. In fact, it is based on a model equipped with the Competition Package and it includes embroidered horse logos on the headrests.

The new BMW M6 Gran Coupe Horse Edition is limited to six units ,and each will carry phenomenal price of 2.77 million yuan — about $458,000 at the current exchange rates. To put that into perspective, the U.S.-spec BMW M6 Gran Coupe is priced at $115,000, so that is quite a hike.

BMW also announced that the same treatment will also be applied to 30 M5 sports sedans too. This version will be priced at 1.98 million yuan - or about $327,000.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard BMW M6 Gran Coupe and to see more of the M6 Gran Coupe Horse Edition.

There’s a reason why Rolls-Royce is rolling out all these special edition models in China . The market is fast becoming the largest one for luxury automakers and what better way to stake a significant chunk of it than to entice customers with vehicles no other country in the world will carry.

Sounds like a smart plan, right?

Rolls-Royce seems to think so, and that’s why its been busy the past couple of months launching special-edition Ghost models , including its latest creation, the Ghost Cantor Glory Edition.

Recently introduced at Auto Guangzhou, the Ghost Cantor Glory Edition pays homage to Guangzhou with a number of design elements attributed to the south Chinese city, including drawing inspiration from the iconic Canton Tower, while also adding touches of Guangzhou, no more distinct than the addition of the city’s Five Rams emblem in the coachline, veneer panels, headrests and dashboard.

A two-tone color scheme also points to the uniqueness of the Ghost Cantor Glory Edition with RR opting to use a Madeira Red for a glorious regal history and Cassiopeia Silver or Carrera White for the bright and modern present. The contrasting colors offer a touch of balance between the colors of the night sky with the metallic body of the aforementioned Canton Tower.

The finer details, including customer options to give this special-edition ride more distinct styling, can be accomplished through its Bespoke Atelier program, which is coming to China for the first time, and offering a range of customization options for all those deep-pocketed Chinese buyers.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 Rolls-Royce Ghost


We admit that a teaser photo of a wheel, albeit a pretty sick-looking one at that, isn’t much to go by. But Citroen doesn’t believe so, which is why it sounds so excited promoting the upcoming debut of the model they’ve christened the DS 5LS.

There’s not much to go by with the teaser apart from the slick alloys and the fact that Citroen has described the model as a "new premium class sedan".

So, it’s a luxury car that will likely have all the bells and whistles typically found in vehicles of its segment. We admit that the curiosity of seeing this model when it makes its debut is making us believe that the DS 5LS sedan will be one that will be talked about by a lot of people in the days leading up to the debut and even well after that.

It’s also worth pointing out that this model could be another vehicle for the Chinese market, the only place in the world where Citroen’s DS line is marketed as a stand-alone brand. Maybe there’s more to it that we still don’t know about.

The good thing is we won’t have to wait too long to find out if these fancy alloys are the highlight of the entire vehicle, or a part of something really, really awesome.

We’re hitching our wagons on the latter and crossing our fingers that we won’t be disappointed.

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Starting January 31st, 2014 and running through February 18th, 2015 China will be in the Year of the Horse. According to the Chinese zodiac, each year is under the sign of a strong animal, and each repeats every 12 years, with the Horse bringing fortune and many changes in one’s life.

Of course, this has nothing to do with cars, but there are many people out there that govern their lives by the zodiac, especially in China, so it was expected that automakers would take this opportunity to rake in some extra profits.

Rolls Royce is one automaker that has no shame in producing special-edition models for events like this, and it did so with the new Ghost Majestic Horse Edition. This model will be built in limited quantities and will take inspiration from classical interpretations of the horse in traditional Chinese art.

Additionally, with 2014 is the first time in over 50 years that the element wood and the horse are marked together, the interior of the car will be all about wood.

There is no mention of performance upgrades, so we assume that this Ghost Majestic Horse Edition boasts the same 6,592 cc, V-12 engine with 563 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque.

Deliveries of the new Rolls-Royce Ghost Majestic Horse Edition will begin in the second quarter of 2014.

Click past the jump to read more about the Rolls-Royce Ghost Majestic Horse Edition.

Still steaming over not getting a chance to own a Ferrari 458 Italia China Edition ?

Don’t feel too bad because a lot of people who aren’t from China probably feel the same way too.

But even if you lost out on the actual one that costs almost $1 million, you can still get to own a 458 Italia China Edition.

Thanks to Hot Wheels’ premium line of collectable die-cast models, a Ferrari 458 China Edition can be in your future. You won’t be able to drive it because it’s only a 1:18 scale version of the actual supercar but then again, you take what you can get, right?

Besides, parking it on your desk sounds about cooler than actually taking one out for a spin. It still comes with the distinctive "Marco Polo Red" finish and it has the distinctive decorative dragon imagery running the length of the car. Gold wheels are in there, as is the finely-dressed interior.

Really, it’s the best way to own this ultra limited supercar without having to pay a fortune for the real deal. All you need to fork over is $105 and it’s yours.

Sounds like a good deal to us.

Click past the jump to read about the actual Ferrari 458 China Edition

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Last October, the U.S. market received a special-edition BMW M3 Coupe Frozen , which was limited to only 150 units. Now is time for the Chinese market to get its own special BMW M3 Coupe . It is painted in a sexy Frozen Blue and is limited to only 40 units.

Wondering how much the exclusivity costs? A lot if you ask us: 1.29 million Yuan (about $210,000). On the U.S. market with this kind of money, you can buy three BMW M3 Coupes and you will still be left with lots of money for gas.

For the money the lucky 40 Chinese customers will get this BMW M3 Frozen Blue combined with blacked out trims, kidney grille and side gills, and of course, some special edition badges on the interior.

That’s pretty much all the updates this special edition will offer, as everything else will remain unchanged. Under the hood, the car will retain the usual V-8 engine with 414 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque.

Click past the jump to read about the M3 Tiger - the only Chinese M3 that made us jealous.

Source: BMW Blog

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