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 |  Apr 21 2011, 9:43 AM

Looking to expand interest in its brand in China, Nissan held the World premiere of the Compact Sport Concept at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show.

This three-door hatchback concept has a turbo-charged 1.6-liter engine, which produces 190-hp. Couple that with a CVT gearbox with paddle-shifters for its six-speeds and this would be a pocket rocket.

The concept was designed at Nissan’s Global Design Center in Japan, with input from the brands new Beijing design studio in China. Nissan says, the Compact Sport Concept is “for young customers in emerging countries.”

The concept seems to be built on the platform of the new Micra, even some interior elements look to have been borrowed. Since the current Micra is only offered as a five-door hatchback, could this new concept hint at a sportier model in the near future? Let’s hope so.

Discuss this story at MicraForums.com

 |  Apr 11 2011, 7:24 AM

Subaru has just announced that it will debut yet another new model next week, although this latest reveal will be a concept, with the unveiling taking place at the Shanghai Auto Show.

The XV concept, says Subaru in a release, “blends practicality with fashionable form, fun and comfort” and will deliver “genuine crossover ability”, thanks in part to the brand’s symmetrical all-wheel drive system.

While Subaru won’t explicitly say as much, the car is believed to be a higher-riding version of the Impreza, with an Impreza XV currently offered in several markets throughout the world.

While the teaser image certainly doesn’t show much, look for flared fenders and a more Outback-like exterior appearance.

After its debut on April 18th, Subaru will unveil the 2012 Impreza sedan and hatchback at the New York Auto Show two days later.

 

 |  Apr 04 2011, 7:40 AM

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After leaked photos hit the web this past weekend, BMW has released official images of the 2012 BMW M5 Concept.

Set to debut at the Shanghai Motor Show in just two weeks time, this concept car is a near visual match to the production model, with the gaping M front fascia, flared fenders, huge wheels and, of course, those trademark fenders. Out back there’s a revised diffuser with four exhaust pipes, plus a modest trunk-lid spoiler.

In a release BMW confirms the twin-turbo V8 engine, which BMW promises, “generates the power output required for outstanding performance.”

GALLERY: 2012 BMW M5 Concept

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See video of the car after the jump:

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 |  Mar 30 2011, 8:33 AM

Buick has just released a teaser image of a new concept vehicle that it will showcase at the upcoming Shanghai Auto Show on April 18th.

The Envision Concept is an SUV developed by Shanghai GM and the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC), fusing Buick’s current design with local Chinese aesthetics.

The vehicle is also a plug-in hybrid and include other technology features that Buick says will be implemented in future vehicles.

 |  Mar 29 2011, 7:36 AM

Any Porsche fan will tell you that there’s always something better than a Turbo – a Turbo S. This rule is about to apply not just to the 911, but also the Panamera, with forum chatter indicating that just such a model will launch as early as next month.

No details of the car’s performance have been released, but look for the 4.8-liter twin-turbo V8 to be tuned up to the 550-hp mark with a 0-60 mph time around 3.7 seconds.

The timing of next month matches up with both the New York Auto Show and Shanghai Motor Show, and with the original Panamera debuting in Shanghai two years ago, it seems the likely choice. (A simultaneous unveiling is also likely).

A forum member on TeamSpeed has reportedly ordered his Panamera Turbo S already and claims deliveries will take place in June/July.

[Source: TeamSpeed]

 |  Mar 16 2011, 8:29 AM

BMW has announced it will reveal what it is calling the 5 Series ‘New Energy Vehicle’ at the Shanghai Motor Show next month. Based on the 5 Series long wheelbase version, sold exclusively in China, it will be a plug-in hybrid and is described by BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer as a car, “from China for China.”

With a long wheelbase 5 Series (hybrid or not) out of the question for North America, there’s a strong possibility that this car will come to North America in the standard 5 Series body as the evolution of the Concept 5 Series Active Hybrid. And with the Shanghai and New York auto shows overlapping, there’s a good chance that we’ll see the regular wheelbase version of this new car on our shores then.

[Source: MotorAuthority]