The highs and lows of the Shanghai Motor Show
The largest emerging market for passenger cars is now home to the biggest car show on the planet. Forget Detroit, Geneva and Tokyo, Shanghai is the place where car brands make their biggest annual statement and where the world’s motoring press gather to see where the industry is headed.
This year is no different, however the biggest market signal coming from China’s mainland financial capital is that the future is electric. From Audi to Zotye, there were plenty of battery-powered vehicles on show.
Chinese carmaker Nio shows off its EP9 electric vehicle
Even more prominent than EVs were front grills. Some of these look like a blue whale hoping to devour everything in its path. Quite a terrifying thought on a small Shanghai street.
Here are some of the European show cars in comparison to the renders that have been released in recent weeks (via Autocar).
AUDI e-TRON FASTBACK
CITRÖEN C5 AIRCROSS
MERCEDES A CLASS SALOON
VW iD SUV CROZZ
Most disappointing were the copycats on show. Utterly shameless in
referencing ripping styling from some of the world’s most respected marques, these cheap imitations do what they always do: appeal to an aspiring middle class that can’t quite afford the real thing.
Can you pick the inspirations for these designs?
The Chery Tiggo pays homage (cough) to Lexus' SUVs. For reference, here's the Japanese carmaker's latest model:
If our criticism seems a little unfair, check out these doozies:
Mercedes G Wagon? Nah... its the BJ80 PHEV!
Porsche Macan? Nah... its the Zotye SR9
Smart FourTwo? Nah... It's another Zotye - the E200
Range Rover Evoque? Nah... it's a Land Wind X7. Duh!
See more over at Autocar