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Auto China 2014: VW Golf Edition Concept is a 40th anniversary present

In order to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Golf, Volkswagen unveiled at the Auto China 2014 the Golf Edition Concept. As expected, this new concept car was extensively customized and comes with a new colour called “Magic Morning”, machine polished “Madrid” 19-inch alloy wheels, mirror caps finished in “matt chrome” and new badges on the B pillars that show an engraved laureal wreath with the number “40”.

The interior was also upgraded and makes the Golf looks like a business sedan. The Golf Edition Concept features leather upholstery offered in two colours: “St. Tropez” (bright as a sand beach) and black. The seats feature the centre panels up to the headrests wrapped in “St. Tropez” and upholstered with diamond-shaped stitching, while the seams have a brown hue.

The leather used for the side and outside surfaces is black. Brown leather piping in "Sevilla" forms the interface between the bright "St. Tropez" and the "black" surfaces. Wood was used for the inlays in the door trim panels and in the dashboard on the passenger’s side.

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Volvo S60L Petrol Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PPHEV) Concept unveiled at Auto China 2014

Volvo Cars is set to unveil the new Volvo S60L PPHEV (Petrol Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) Concept Car at the 2014 Beijing International Auto Show. The new Volvo S60L PPHEV is a fusion of an electric car, hybrid car and high-performance car, thereby allowing the driver to enjoy both dynamic driving pleasure and superior fuel economy.

Volvo plans to introduce the production version of the S60L Petrol Plug-in Hybrid in China in early 2015, with the production set at its Chengdu assembly site. The new production version of the S60L PPHEV will employ a highly efficient 238-hp Drive-E petrol turbo and plug-in hybrid technology. The new hybrid car is part of Volvo Cars' plans to play in a role to the development and proliferation of new auto technologies in China.

Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President for Research and Development at Volvo Cars, remarked that the S60L PPHEV Concept Car combines a turbocharged petrol mill from the carmaker’s new four-cylinder Drive-E engine family and an electric motor, resulting to a hybrid powertrain with a power output of 238+68 hp and torque of 350+200 Nm. Mertens remarked that this combo resulted to Volvo’s most technologically advanced powertrain so far, making the S60L both the most efficient and most fun-to-drive car. He added that the S60L PPHEV Concept Car brings Volvo close to its vision of offering zero-emission vehicles in the future.

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Auto China 2014: 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class L is a long-wheelbase sedan developed for China

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class long-wheelbase arrived at the Auto China 2014. For those who don’t know, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is one of the most important pillars of company’s business in China and the new model will be one of the most important growth factors in the Middle Kingdom.

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class L has a length of 4,666 millimetres, while the wheelbase measures 2,920 millimetres.

This means that the 2015 C-Class L is 80 millimetres longer than the standard version. All the additional space means more legroom for the rear passemgers and Mercedes-Benz says that its vehicle provides the greatest legroom in the entire segment. Thanks to the increased footwell space, the passengers can enter and exit the vehicle much easier.

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Auto China 2014: Nissan Lannia Concept is for China’s rising “Post-80s” generation [w/video]

Nissan premiered today its newest global concept aimed at meeting the lifestyle needs of the rising "Post-80s" generation of China. Dubbed as the Lannia Concept, this model resulted from the strong partnership between Nissan Global Design Center and Nissan Design China located in Beijing. Being positioned as the "sedan theory-breaker," the model reveals a design that is agile, energetic, and clearly sleek.

Without a doubt, it is a design that is sure to meet the needs of many modern Chinese "Post-80s" trendsetters, especially in relation to values and tastes. Commenting about this new model, Chief Planning Officer Andy Palmer revealed that the Lannia Concept will now be part of the brand's ever growing range of models that are focused on the Chinese market.

While it is a model that was designed and manufactured in China, he added, it is a model that is aimed at a worldwide market. Palmer continued by saying that in coming out with this model, it needed the heavy involvement of many local Chinese teams. This includes the market research and all the way to the design which resulted in the Lannia Concept.

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The Jeep Wrangler Sundancer design concept that recently made its debut at the Beijing Show was designed to have the famed capabilities of the Wrangler with a sense of fashion and sophistication. Jeep designers painted this vehicle a tri-coat Chocolate Brown metallic color with gold accents.

A Golden Bronze tone-on-tone ghosted pattern is seen on the fender flares. Meanwhile, the windows are made of bronze tinted glass. Linear LED lighting is attached to its front and rear bumpers, which match the exterior and have been painted a tri-coat Chocolate Brown metallic color and come with Golden Bronze accent inserts.

It is equipped with a set of 20-inch pale gold billet aluminum wheels with polished gold inserts. It also has a stunning albeit unusual multi-piece billet aluminum fender badge. Upon entering the cabin, we see Axis II perforated seat inserts and exclusive Berry Baltique Semi-Aniline leather, which is the leather used by the fashion industry’s most expensive labels.

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After making its world debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the Jeep Renegade also came to the 2014 Beijing Motor Show as a special design concept called Zi You Xia. For those who don’t know (including us), “Zi You Xia”means rebel and the new concept car highlights a more sophisticated aspect of the Renegade’s personality.

According to Jeep, the new Renegade concept is inspited by the colors of the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing and is finished in a Warm Chocolate Gray with a contrasting Dark Anodized Bronze color that accentuates the grille throats, front fog lamp bezels, rear lower fascia, skidplate, tail lamp insert bezel and badging.

Moreover, the roof panel, grille surrounds and door mirror caps are painted a Dark Charcoal. The exterior design is completed by the unique 20-inch Dark Anodized Bronze alloy wheels.

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Besides the Wrangler Sundancer Concept and the Renegade Zi You Xia Concept, Jeep also introduced at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show two more concepts based on the Cherokee: the Sageland and Urbane. According to the official press release, the Cherokee Sageland Concept is inspired by the historical landmarks and natural sceneries found throughout the mystical expanse of the Shangri-La Region.

As a result, it comes with an Ivory tri-coat Pearl exterior complemented by bronze grille collars and front and rear fascia appliques. Furthermore, the Daylight opening (DLO), roof rack, door mirror caps and exhaust tips are painted in Satin Bronze chrome. Inside, we find neutral grey Nappa leather seats with red and water blue accent stitches.

The stitching found on the seats is inspired by traditional Chinese knot design, while the pattern on the door appliques derived from the color and finish of Chinese ornamental door knobs. The Jeep Cherokee Urbane Design Concept wants to unite the night life of a modern megacity with glamour and elegance.

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Lincoln Motor Company officially revealed the MKX Concept during the Auto China 2014 held in Beijing. Designed to get the attention of many customers around the world, this concept model acts as a preview to a global SUV that is slated to be the third of four models released by the brand by 2016. By unveiling such a model in Beijing, this marks the first time that the brand will be presenting a concept model outside of the U.S.

Having a design that is inspired by motorbikes and airplanes, this concept model is able to show feelings of agility and power. As such, it allows a peek into the future of this American luxury brand especially as it enters the Chinese market, a rapidly growing one. The main goal set for the Lincoln MKX Concept was to have a final execution that would be able to satisfy the world's luxury customers and also delight them at the same time.

To make this happen, the brand conducted various customer research clinics in the U.S. and China in order to get the needed feedback on the model's design. Indeed, an intensive study of luxury customers in China over the last few years has shown that the preference was for a premium medium utility vehicle to have sportiness and off-road capability.

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Consumers in China have been given a chance to peek into the future as Ford officially unveiled during the Auto China 2014 the Everest Concept. This concept is a seven-seat medium off-road SUV. Though the brand already has unmatched offerings when it comes to SUVs in China, this concept is but a preview to what is clearly the brand's plan for a compelling addition.

In 2013, the brand's worldwide utility sales were 1.2 million units, an increase of 37%. This was better than the segment overall which experienced a 13% growth. Making this possible is the offer of a strong SUV lineup. For the Chinese market, the brand's share of the utility market was initially 0.3% in 2012 before going up to 4.5% by 2013.

Ford also experienced record sales with at least 150,000 vehicles sold. With the Everest Concept, the brand hopes to show a vehicle that it expects will be able to reach a wider range of customers and allow Ford to extend further its SUV leadership. Not that surprising if it happens, given that the Everest Concept has cutting-edge technologies, premium refinement, unmatched off-road capability, and the fun-to-drive DNA the brand is known for. This concept car was developed by the brand's very own Asia Pacific design team based in Australia.

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As we told you, BMW unveiled at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show its Vision Future Luxury Concept, a vehicle that previews the 9-Series flagship sedan. A production version of the 9-Series will debut around 2016 and will take on cars such as the Maybach S-Class. For those who don’t know, the Mercedes-benz Maybach S-Class will arrive in November at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The new 9-Series from BMW will be company’s largest model as it will have a length of about 5500 mm or 216 inches, which means that it will be 280 mm longer than the long wheelbase 7-Series sedan. According to BMW Group design director Adrian van Hooydonk, the new Vision Future Luxury Concept previews a long-term outlook on the perception of modern luxury for the brand.

Still, he said that this is not a production-ready model. The front end of the vehicle shows a dramatic design change for BMW as the concept car comes with new ultra-thin laser headlamps, a big kidney front grille, an “aggressive” front hood and the assertive multi-material front apron that accentuates the elegant front-end styling.

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The 2015 Touareg Facelift and the Golf R 400 Concept are not they only vehicles that Volkswagen will bring at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show, as the German carmaker is also planning to bring its New Midsize Coupe Concept. With a height of 1,422 mm and a width of 1,838 mm, the New Midsize Coupe Concept is 1.2 inches lower than the 2015 Jetta, but also 2.3 inches wider.

The new concept car has a low visual centre of gravity, short overhangs, muscular shoulders and side sections, a dynamic roof line with markedly swept-back C-pillars, a long bonnet and a short boot lid. According to the press release, the new concept is almost a vehicle of the Passat class and we will not be surprised when we will see the 2015 Passat B8 this autumn wearing the design lines seen on this concept.

Still, the concept car is 4,595 mm long, which means shorter than a Passat or even than the Jetta. This new concept car was designed by the team led by Volkswagen’s head designer Klaus Bischoff and with a possible production version, the German carmaker aims to take on compact saloons.

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The 9-Series Concept was just a rumor but today BMW made our day as it officially announced that at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show or Auto China 2014 it will present an exclusive design study. According to the official press release, the new concept car provides a long-term outlook on its perception of modern luxury.

The concept car which is rumored to be called 9-Series, portrays luxury as a forward-looking fusion of exclusivity and innovation. The focus of the new car remains on outstanding exterior and interior design quality, select materials, seamlessly integrated control units featuring pioneering technology as well as innovative lightweight construction concept.

Previous reports said that the new concept will show a new cockpit philosophy that will be seen on the next-generation 7-Series. Moreover, a new modular platform will be used by the new concept car and German media reported that this will also be used by the next-generation Rolls-Royce Phantom, which will be introduced somewhere in 2016.

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If last year it was just a rumor, the all-new compact crossover from Lexus became a reality! Ladies and gentlemen, this is the brand new 2015 Lexus NX! Clearly inspired by the LF-NX Concept that was unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA), the Lexus NX will be offered in the United States in two versions, the NX 200t turbo and NX 300h hybrid.

Just like any other Lexus model, the NX will receive the F Sport. As a result, the NX 200t F SPORT will be available with unique exterior and interior features. Set to make its world debut next week at the 2014 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition also known as Auto China 2014, the Lexus NX promises be more agile than an SUV.

As you can see from the photos, the NX crossover features an eye-catching exterior and the front end looks very aggressive, showing innovative LED headlamps and daytime running lights as well as the signature spindle grille. Front and rear wheel arches add a muscular stance with bold flares and house standard 17-inch or the optional 18-inch wheels.

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Peugeot unveiled today the Exalt Concept and promised that we will see this new vehicle live at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show or Auto China 2014, which will open its doors next week. Exalt is described by Peugeot as its ‘Vision of the saloon’ and as you can see from the photos, the concept car takes follows the same design line as the Onyx Concept, revealed by the French carmaker in 2012.

Some of the materials seen on the Onyx Concept are present on the Exalt Concept too as the new car features a woll-based fabric, bare steel, ebony and leather. Apparently, the bare steel bodywork echoes the historical models and it is shaped by hand.

What’s more interesting is that some of the parts are covered in the so-called “shark skin”, a textile which improves the car’s aerodynamic performances as well as fuel consumption. Weighing 1,700 kg, the five-door luxury saloon has a length of 4.7 metres and a height of 1.31 metres. From the side it looks even sexier thanks to the 20-inch wheels.

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When we thought we’ve seen all the cars and will not be surprised, Bentley unveiled today the Mulsanne Hybrid Concept, its first plug-in hybrid model. What’s more interesting is that the new Hybrid Concept also previews a dedicated version of the al-new SUV available in 2017. How about that, a hybrid SUV from Bentley.

Set to make its workd debut at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition on Sunday 20thApril, the new Bentley Hybrid Concept leads the way in bringing new powertrain choice to the luxury automotive sector. Bentley didn’t give us any details regarding the powertrain, but we can see from the images that the vehicle uses the same 6752cc twin-turbocharged V8 engine that delivers 505 bhp on the standard Mulsanne.

However, using an electric motor that generates 126 bhp, the total output of the hybrid system is expected to be around 631 bhp. Despite the power increase, CO2 emissions are reduced by up to 70 percent, without any compromise to the exquisite luxury, timeless design and industry-leading refinement for which Bentley has become renowned.

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At the 13th Beijing International Automotive Exhibition (Auto China 2014), Honda will bring not one but two new concept cars, which will probably preview its future models. According to the official press release, Honda will exhibit the world premiere of a concept car that announces a new model developed exclusively for the Chinese market.

Meanwhile, the other model is a concept version for the all-new Spirior. But wait, this is not all! The Japanese carmakers will also bring new production models for the Honda and Acura brands. One Honda model is a China premiere of a new middle-class SUV, while the other one is the third-generation Fit. The new Honda Fit will be sold by Guangqi Honda.

As we said, Acura also has something for the Chinese market, as it will unveil the RLX hybrid model, equipped with the SPORT HYBRID SH-AWD (Super Handling - All Wheel Drive), a high-efficiency and high-output hybrid system that realizes both outstanding driving performance and fuel economy at the same time. China will see the NSX Concept too, which previews Honda’s upcoming super sports model. [source: Honda]

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Audi has just unveiled the latest sketched of its newest concept car that will be revealed at the Beijing Motor Show a.k.a. Auto China 2014. As you may know already, this new concept car previews the upcoming Audi Q4 that will take on cars such as the recently introduced BMW X4 and the Porsche Macan.

Taking a closer look at the sketches we can see that it shares similar design cues with the Allroad Shooting Brake Concept that made its debut back in January at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. The new Q4 Concept features the well-known Audi signature grille, LED headlights, a clamshell-style hood, prominent wheelarch flares but also a sexy curved roofline.

The rear end looks inspired by the new Audi TT featuring stylish taillights, a roof spoiler as well as a two-pipe exhaust system. Inside, we find enough space for four persons, each sitting on individual sport bucket seats. Under the hood, there is a plug-in petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain just like the one seen on the Allroad Shooting Brake Concept.

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It has been reported by German magazine Auto Motor und Sport that BMW will unveil a new 9-Series Concept this month at the 2014 Auto China. After announcing the X7 seven-seat crossover, BMW seems to take things even higher as the new concept that previews a potential 9-Series will be a large and luxurious sedan, developed especially for Chinese customers that want a chauffeur.

According to the German magazine, the 9-Series Concept will use a new modular platform based on the one used by the 7-Series flagship sedan. What’s more interesting is that the new platform will also be used by the next-generation Rolls-Royce Phantom, which will arrive in 2016.

Moreover, the 9-Series Concept will showcase a new interior design and tech features that will be found on the upcoming BMW models. For most of us, the announcement of a new 9-Series Concept is not actually a surprise because we have seen the BMW Gran Lusso Coupe Concept back in 2013.

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For the 13th Beijing International Automotive Exhibition (Auto China 2014), Nissan is preparing a new sedan concept. If last year, the Japanese carmaker brought the Friend-ME Concept, this year Nissan will bring a new car that expresses its passion and focus in the world's most dynamic auto market.

Just like the Friend-ME Concept, the new vehicle was designed by Nissan Design China (NDC), Nissan's newest global design center located in Beijing. As expected, the concept car was designed under the leadership and direction of Nissan Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer Shiro Nakamura. Nissan will also bring at the Auto China 2014 the BladeGlider Concept, a vehicle that redefines the driving experience with its unique center seat driver position.

Moreover, Auto China 2014 will see Nissan’s Autonomous Drive technology, an extension of its Safety Shield, which monitors a 360-degree view around a vehicle for risks, offers warnings to the driver and takes action if necessary. Nissan will mark Teana’s 10th anniversary with a new 10th Anniversary Special Edition.

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Bugatti has released more details about the new Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse – an open-top version of the Grand Sport that delivers 882 kW (1,200 hp). This has the same output as the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, which has been very successful. The new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse is powered by the 7.9-litre capacity of its W16 engine that has an outstanding maximum torque of 1,500 Nm (at 3000–5000 rpm).

It is able to reach its maximum output (1,200 hp) at 6,400 rpm. These figures enable the car to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 2.6 seconds. With a top speed of 410 km/h (255 mph), the four-wheel drive (just like all Veyrons) Grand Sport Vitesse is the fastest production roadster ever. This model’s output is 199hp higher than that of the Grand Sport.

It was attained with the use of four larger turbochargers with new intercoolers. To handle the tremendous power that the Bugatti model is capable of, all of its drivetrain components have been extensively reinforced. It has been equipped with bigger turbochargers and has overall reduced back pressure, resulting to the slight reduction of its fuel consumption even as its power output is greater.

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