Audi has added to its e-tron series of electric and hybrid concept cars with the unveiling of the A6 L e-tron concept at 2012 Beijing Motor Show
. Joining the Frankfurt
, A1, Spyder
e-tron models, the A6 L e-tron concept is the company’s first luxury-class e-tron concept vehicle. Based on the new A6 L, it is a plug-in hybrid that boasts an electric-only driving range of 80 km (49.71 miles).
While there were no totally new offerings from Aston Martin at Auto China 2012
, the British luxury automaker took the opportunity to showcase its personalization capabilities by unveiling three "Year of the Dragon" special editions. The decked-out DBS Volante, Virage Coupe and V8 Vantage S Coupe on show in Beijing are part of the company's "Dragon 88" edition which will be limited to, you guessed it, 88 customized sports cars.
China's CH Auto made a big splash at the last Auto China by displaying a Ferrari 599 copy named the Aculeus. This time the company has begun displaying some original talent and has produced a stylish electric sportscar prototype.
A new all-electric vehicle unveiled at Auto China 2012
marks the first appearance of the Denza brand at a motor show. Denza, a joint venture between Daimler and China’s BYD Auto, was officially launched in March this year and its first concept car is expected to reach production by 2013, with the first prototypes already being tested on the roads in China.
The flood of SUV concepts continues at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show - this time in the form of Peugeot’s Urban Crossover Concept. Essentially a refinement of the SXC Crossover Concept
that appeared at the 2011 Shanghai Motor Show, the new concept vehicle is a compact SUV designed primarily for urban driving.
China has 125 cities with more than a million people (America has nine) and as the country has become the manufacturing powerhouse of the world, many people have created extraordinary wealth in all of these cities. Important people with new-found wealth need appropriate wheels and for a man-about-town businessman, Mercedes-Benz has crafted the Mercedes-Benz Viano Vision Diamond - a chauffeured luxury vehicle.
Mercedes-Benz has never been shy of the absurd (R-class anyone?) and the Affalterbach works – home of the AMG division – must be a regular giggle-fest. The company is quite happy to indulge the hooligan in its well-heeled clients without a hint of embarrassment. It’s not exactly thinking outside the box, more taking a box and sticking an absurdly massive engine in it. The box in question this time is the decades-old, ex-military transport Geländewagen or G-class. Delicious.
Chinese carmaker Chery has shown an interesting new concept named the Ant at the Auto China Show in Beijing today. The Ant appears aimed directly at utilizing the intelligent infrastructure proposed by General Motors China in its EN-V concept.
You could be excused for having missed the birth of a new class of automobile - the super SUV. Eterniti coined the term for its 620 hp supercar
based on the Porsche Cayenne, but in short order a number of other contenders with massive horsepower have emerged. The 600hp Lamborghini Urus
, Maserati Kubang and Bentley EXP 9 have emerged. The Bentley EXP 9 gets three-quarters of a Bugatti Veyron engine in the form of a twin-turbo 6.0 liter W12 (with 800 Nm of torque) while the Kubang is odds-on to contain a Ferrari 450 bhp V8.
When looking for a practical daily driver, Lamborghini probably isn’t the first name that springs to mind. But the company is looking to change all that with the Urus concept car it unveiled at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show. Intended to usher in a whole new product line and capitalize on the continuing popularity of SUVs, the Urus retains the aerodynamic lines for which the company is renowned while aiming to deliver the practicality of a family car