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Chinese Turn Car Clones into High Art

Copycat makers often outsell the originals.

by on Apr.24, 2015

No, that's not a $475,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom.

That may look, at first glance, like a vanity license plate on a Rolls-Royce Phantom, but take another glance and you might be in for a surprise. You’re actually looking at a Geely GE, a Chinese knock-off that has closely copied the classic Rolls grille and Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament – but which goes for a fraction of the original’s $475,000 price.

Automakers from around the world put their latest wares on display at this month’s Shanghai Motor Show. But a walk down the hall revealed that local Chinese automakers already had fresh copies of a number of the hottest products from the U.S., Europe, Japan and Korea.

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While some picked up subtle styling cues and features, others blended attributes from several different models to create weird Franken-cars, like the Suzhou Eagle EV that was one part Porsche Cayman, with a face lifted from a Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and a battery-electric drivetrain to make things even weirder.


Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe Concept Gets Green Light

New production model gets only few tweaks from concept.

by on Apr.22, 2015

Mercedes officials confirmed in Shanghai that the GLC Coupe Concept will go into production.

Right after the Mercedes GLC Coupe Concept made its world debut at Auto Shanghai, officials revealed it would hit the streets.

Thomas Weber, Daimler AG’s board member responsible for Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars development, confirmed that the dynamically styled SUV will go into production. The concept car is a “near-production-standard” study that transfers the styling of the GLE Coupe into the midsize segment and shows the design of upcoming SUV generations.

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Weber declined to say when the concept would hit showrooms because “first of all there will be the world premiere for the GLC (in June), followed by the GLS.” (more…)

Volvo Introduces XC90 Lounge Console Concept

Passengers can kick back and relax on the road.

by on Apr.21, 2015

Volvo's XC90 Excellence Lounge Concept removes the front passenger seat creating a spacious environment.

American automakers are stretching some of their full-size products to cater to Chinese buyers who often hire chauffeurs to ferry them around while they sit in the back seat. Volvo’s latest concept shows how to do that with a smaller vehicle.

The new Lounge Console concept is an XC90 Excellence – the most opulent version of the SUV – that hit the stage at the Shanghai Motor Show showing how regular sized vehicles can accommodate the busy executive on the go.

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The Excellence is an XC90 that eliminates the third row of seats in favor of allowing the second row to have to fully reclining seats. The Lounge Console also replaces the front passenger seat, providing a wealth of functions and amenities. (more…)

Lexus Gives Shanghai Showgoers a Look at New ES.

Maker’s top-seller falls in line.

by on Apr.21, 2015

The 2016 Lexus ES, the sixth generation of the model, made its debut at the Shanghai Motor Show.

Shanghai showgoers are getting a first look at the latest version of the long-popular Lexus ES sedan.

The sixth-generation sedan falls in line with the rest of the Lexus line-up, adopting key design cues including the maker’s spindle grille – while also gaining new engine options and improved features.

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“Our development concept was ‘Take the ES to the next level of elegance and progressive luxury,’” explained Toshio Asahi, chief engineer for the ES redesign, in a statement. “We’re confident that the new Lexus ES will be a leader in its class and attract a lot of attention.” (more…)

Chevrolet Debuts Driverless Future with FNR in Shanghai

Capsule-style car allows front and rear passengers to face each other.

by on Apr.20, 2015

General Motors introduced its Chevrolet-FNR concept during the Shanghai Motor Show.

Chevrolet provided a possible glimpse into the future with its FNR autonomous electric concept vehicle – a vehicle with styling that suggests the future is a lot like the movie Blade Runner.

The vehicle’s exterior is essentially a capsule made of glass and metal with crystal laser headlights and taillights, dragonfly dual swing doors, magnetic hubless wheel electric motors and a wireless auto-charge system.

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It was developed in Shanghai by GM’s Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) joint venture, which has developed several other electric concept vehicles, but aimed this one at younger consumers, according to the automaker. (more…)

Ford Unveils New Taurus at Shanghai Motor Show

But no plans to bring “premium business sedan” to the U.S.

by on Apr.20, 2015

Ford debuted a new Taurus for sale in China only. The larger Taurus is designed to accommodate Chinese buyers who sit in the back while using a driver.

Ford has lifted the covers on a new version of its big Taurus. But in a significant move, it is describing the model on display at this week’s Shanghai Motor Show as a “new premium business sedan for China.”

That translates from Mandarin to mean that American buyers almost certainly will not see the new Taurus design come to the U.S. – at least not any time soon considering the weak market here for full-size vehicles. The Ford sedan is one of several large new models debuting in Shanghai – a list including the Volkswagen C Coupe – that will not make it the States.

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But while the maker stressed in a release that the new Taurus is “designed especially to meet the needs of the Chinese market,” John Lawler, the chairman and CEO of Ford China insists the big sedan “shows the amazing strength and flexibility of our One Ford plan.” (more…)

Volkswagen Goes Big With C-Coupe GTE

Chinese-only model hints at new Phaeton flagship to come.

by on Apr.20, 2015

Volkswagen C Coupe GTE made its debut in Shanghai. The model will be VW's flagship in China.

It wasn’t all that long ago that Chinese motorists had to wait to see the debut of products already on sale in other parts of the world. These days, a growing number of manufacturers are introducing some of their newest products first in China, the world’s largest automotive market.

And more than a few of these vehicles will – at least initially – only be offered for sale in the booming Asian nation. That’s the case with the next-generation Ford Taurus, as well as the new Volkswagen C Coupe GTE that is making its debut at this week’s Shanghai Motor Show.

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Measuring a full 200 inches in length, with a 76-inch width, this is no Beetle or Golf, but a car aimed for premium buyers who might not want to go all the way up to an Audi. Indeed, the C Coupe is the first model from Volkswagen to share the larger MLB “architecture” primarily designed for the Audi brand, rather than VW’s smaller MQB. (more…)

Cadillac Confirms Plans for CT6 Plug-In Hybrid

Fuel economy could top 40 mpg.

by on Apr.20, 2015

The Cadillac CT6 PHEV will be the first in an assortment of plug-in models to follow.

Cadillac has pulled the wraps off a second version of its new CT6 sedan, unveiling a plug-in hybrid version of the flagship model at the Shanghai Motor Show.

The announcement confirms a report by earlier this month that also revealed the CT6 PHEV will be the first in a broad range of plug-in hybrids planned by Cadillac covering most of its product line-up by the end of the decade.

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Unlike the current Caddy ELR, however, the Cadillac CT6 PHEV will deliver performance equal to that of the twin-turbo V-6 that will be the top-line gasoline engine for the full-size luxury sedan. But it is also expected to double the fuel economy, which could translate into a combined city/highway rating in excess of 40 miles per gallon.


Lexus Teases 2016 ES Before Shanghai Debut

“A more dynamic experience.”

by on Apr.10, 2015

The 2016 Lexus ES will be one of many major global models to debut at the Auto Shanghai show.

Count Lexus in as one of a growing list of manufacturers expected to make some significant news at the Shanghai Motor Show later this month. It’s offering a teaser image of the mid-cycle refresh planned for the ES luxury sedan.

The sixth-generation Lexus ES appears to get the latest version of the Japanese maker’s bold “spindle grille,” with the car in the teaser shot also featuring new headlights and LED daytime running lamps similar in design to what we’ve seen on other recent Lexus models.

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Expect the 2016 Lexus ES to remain the more conservative of the brand’s offerings, the maker hinting in a brief release that it will “maintains its classical elegance while conveying a more dynamic experience and luxurious craftsmanship.”


Fisker Karma Set for Revival

But will be renamed Elux Karma.

by on Apr.06, 2015

A new version of the Fisker Karma - now renamed Elux Karma - is set to debut this month.

After a spectacular, billion-dollar meltdown, Fisker Automotive is set for a revival – more or less.

The once-promising California start-up crashed and burned and was purchased out of bankruptcy by China’s Wanxiang Group which hoped to relaunch the plug-in hybrid Fisker Karma. The Chinese company is teasing the turnaround of what will now be known as the Elux Karma.


Proclaiming “It’s On,” Wanxiang is promising to show off its version of the Karma sometime later this month — possibly at the upcoming Shanghai Motor Show. Other details are scarce, though a report by the China Daily suggests the reborn plug-in sports car will make it back into showrooms in mid-2016 at a price tag of around $135,000.