A sign of the times is the recognition of the growing importance of the Auto Shanghai and Auto China shows. China is the world’s largest and fastest growing car market, and its biggest motor show attracts bigger and better debuts of new cars and concepts with each year it is held.
Held in the Pudong district of Shanghai on odd-numbered years, and at the New China International Exhibition Centre in Beijing on even-numbered years, the pair of major Chinese shows run in the spring.
It is the home show for many Chinese carmakers, including Chery, Brilliance, BYD, Dongfeng and Great Wall, which have courted controversy for launching copycat versions of existing foreign-made cars at the show in the past.
Acknowledging the importance of the Chinese industry, many foreign carmakers build cars specifically to Chinese tastes, including Aston Martin Dragon Editions, the Bentley Mulsanne Diamond Jubilee Edition and the Ferrari 458 Year of the Dragon.
The Chinese show also saw the introduction of the Range Rover Evoque special edition designed in conjunction with Victoria Beckham, the facelifted BMW 7 Series, the Porsche Cayenne GTS and the VW E-Bugster Cabrio concept.