The premium compact market in China has the potential to grow far beyond what it is today. BMW has taken huge interest in this growth potential and has now released the BMW Concept Compact Sedan at the Auto Guangzhou show in China.
Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President of BMW Group Design, said, “The BMW Concept Compact Sedan reveals the potential we see in a compact sedan.” He continued, “It not only gives the driver and passengers generous amounts of space within a compact area, but does so while providing the sporting ability you’d expect from BMW and an elegance otherwise only available in large BMW sedans. The quality and intrinsic value of the BMW Concept Compact Sedan are clear signals of our premium intentions for the car.”
Looking at the car, it has a strong resemblance to current 3 Series up front, just on a smaller scale. That being said, you could shave off all the BMW badges and still know it’s a Bimmer from a mile away. The car aims to appeal to the younger generations in China who, according to BMW, are “confident, dynamic and extremely quality conscious.” Karim Habib says “This four-door sedan stands for everything that sets BMW apart.”
That may be true, but will it get enough of a following to let BMW safely “inject new life” into the compact segment? We don’t know the answer to that, but the concept looks production ready, so I would say Bimmer is hopeful. For now, however, let’s take a closer look at the Concept Compact Sedan.
Continue reading to learn more about the BMW Concept Compact Sedan.
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
Next week we’ll have two major auto shows that most of you likely already know about: one in Los Angeles and one in Tokyo, Japan. There is, however, a smaller show that is coming up in China, and that it the 2013 Guangzhou Motor Show. Despite its relatively small size, Lexus has chosen this show to debut the updated Lexus CT 200h.
With just a few days before its official debut, which occurs on November 21st, Lexus has unveiled the first details and a few images of the revised hybrid hatchback.
According to Lexus, the 2014 CT 200h will adopt the signature Lexus spindle grille, newly designed alloy wheels and a revised rear appearance with a "more horizontal structure."
Lexus didn’t give up any of the details on its powertrain, but we expect to see the same hybrid system, with the possibility of a few more horsepower and some fuel consumption improvements. This means you can expect to see a 1.8-liter gasoline-powered four-pot with a pair of electric motors that combine to put down 134 horsepower at least.
Updated 11/29/2013: Lexus announced prices for the 2014 CT 200h, which will go on sale in late January or early February 2014. Prices will start from the same $32,050 as the 2013 model, plus processing and handling fee of $910.
Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus CT 200h and to see a side-by-side comparison of the 2013 and 2014 models.
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