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 |  May 02 2012, 8:15 PM

Almost a year ago, the People’s Car Project launched in China to garner ideas for concepts that would further be developed by German automaker, Volkswagen.

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 |  Apr 23 2012, 10:58 AM

Laden with power yet light with carbon fiber, the Lamborghini Urus debuted ahead of the Beijing Auto Show yesterday much to many people’s delight. 

Bragging an impressive 600 hp from an undisclosed engine, the company says its SUV concept will be priced less than the Gallardo and Aventador and aimed to sell around 3,000 units per year.

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 |  Apr 22 2012, 12:00 PM

The Lamborghini Urus SUV Concept couldn’t remain a mystery for very long. Just a couple of days ago, photos of the exotic SUV leaked onto the Internet and we even got treated to a teaser video ahead of its 2012 Beijing Motor Show debut.

Now the Italian exotic automaker has made the Urus official, with the Lamborghini SUV packing “output of around 600 hp” with no confirmation of what will actually be powering it. Regardless, Lamborghini is aiming to redefine the entire SUV category by combining exotic styling, a luxurious interior, outstanding performance, and everyday usability into the Urus.

Despite not releasing any specifications on what will potentially power the production model, Lamborghini promises that it’ll offer a best-in-class CO2 figure among the competition. Target markets for the Urus include the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Russia, the Middle East, and of course, China. Lamborghini hopes to produce around 3,000 units a year.

“The Urus is a very concrete idea for the future of Lamborghini – as a third model line and as the perfect complement to our super sports cars,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. “SUVs stand for freedom and emotion. SUVs make up one of the most successful market segments worldwide. The Urus is the most extreme interpretation of the SUV idea; it is the Lamborghini of the SUVs.”

And for those wondering where the Urus name comes from, it’s derived from the world of bulls, naturally. The Urus is also known as Aurochs and is one of the world’s largest, most wild ancestors of domestic cattle.

Exotic performance aside, Lamborghini really hopes that the Urus SUV will achieve what no other Lamborghini model currently achieves: packing the family comfortably with a generous amount of space for luggage or shopping bags. Along with its permanent all-wheel drive powertrain, Lamborghini will be making sure the production Urus will use plenty of lightweight technology inside and out.

To set new benchmarks in the handling department, the Urus will have a low center of gravity with a highly variable bodyshell height. Adjustable aerodynamic pieces include a height-adjustable front spoiler, a deflector on the rear windshield, and an adaptive rear spoiler.

The Urus will roll on 24-inch wheels and the concept model will feature a rich, lightly shimmering red paint. There will be plenty of carbon fiber components to check out. No conventional exterior mirrors will be seen, the SUV will utilize “small and aerodynamically optimized cameras” to monitor traffic conditions around the vehicle.

GALLERY: Lamborghini Urus SUV Concept

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 |  Apr 21 2012, 4:01 PM

The Volkswagen E-Bugster Concept debuted back at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, showing off an electric, modified Beetle that could be getting closer to reality.

Now the E-Bugster Concept is dropping its top, revealing a Speedster variant that is heading to the 2012 Auto China Show in Beijing. The topless E-Bugster Concept shows off the versatility of an electric Beetle, perhaps hoping to convince the public that electric could be sporty as well.

Powered by an 85kW electric motor with a maximum power output of 114 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque, the concept hits 62 mph in 10.9 seconds. The real world concept has a range of around 110 miles and could be recharged in as little as 35 minutes.

The E-Bugster Concept sits over 3.5 inches lower than the new Beetle model and is almost 1.2-inch wider. The electric convertible also gives us a look at what the upcoming Beetle Convertible will look like that is expected to arrive in early 2013.

Watch a video on the E-Bugster Convertible Concept below.

GALLERY: Volkswagen E-Bugster Convertible Concept

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 |  Apr 20 2012, 7:51 AM

Toyota will be heading to this year’s Auto China Beijing show with a new concept car, releasing two teaser images prior to its debut.

The popular blue shade that Toyota normally associates to its hybrid vehicles hints that the upcoming concept will either be a hybrid or electric vehicle. In fact, it’s believed to be a hybrid created in China specifically for the Chinese market.

Style wise, the front end draws inspiration from the NS4 Plug-in Hybrid Concept that debuted earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show, with sleek, sharp lines.

Recently, Toyota announced its new framework called Toyota New Global Architecture in hopes to develop multiple models simultaneously to boost the quantity of common parts used across its vehicles. The NS4 plug-in was our first hint at the Japanese automaker’s hopes on a new design and it’s clear that Toyota believes it in with another concept sharing a similar look.

The other teaser image points to a compact or even a sub-compact (perhaps Yaris-sized) concept.

The Japanese automaker also showed off a FT-Bh Concept at the Geneva Motor Show back in March.

GALLERY: Toyota Beijing Motor Show Concept Teasers

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 |  Apr 10 2012, 7:53 AM

Looking to double sales in China over the next three years, Honda has announced it will introduce more than 10 all-new or replacement models in the world’s largest car market during that period.

The Japanese automaker has already released teaser images of two of those models ahead of a planned debut at the Auto China motor show in Beijing later this month. The first appears to be a hatchback or van, while the second looks to be a sedan version of the Accord Coupe Concept first shown at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year.

Honda says all of its China-market models will shift to use its next-generation Earth Dreams Technology engines. In the mean time, Honda has announced the launch of three of its hybrid models in China: the CR-Z, Insight and Fit Hybrid. Honda will also launch the new 2013 RDX in China as well as the ILX, while the RLX will go on sale next year. In addition, Honda is planning smaller sized engines for many of models based on demand for such product in the country

Honda will announce more at the start of the Beijing Motor Show on April 23rd, with doors opening to the public on April 27th.

GALLERY: Honda Beijing Concepts

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 |  Apr 10 2012, 6:57 AM

2013 Porsche Cayenne GTS

Porsche has just revealed its latest money-making machine, a high-performance GTS trim of its best-selling Cayenne SUV

Returning for the second-generation of the Cayenne, the GTS delivers high-performance but without the turbos, sporting a modified version of the Cayenne S’s 4.8-liter V8 engine, which now makes 420 hp. The 20 hp bump helps the big SUV shed two-tenths of a second in the sprint to 60 mph with a 5.4 second time using an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission with a custom final drive ratio.

Easily distinguishable by its gloss-black trim and bodywork borrowed from the Cayenne Turbo (including that gaping mouth), other items include 20-inch wheels, fender flares and black dual exhaust. Also helping the performance SUV to stand out is a 20 mm lower suspension and two unique colors, Peridot Metallic (shown) and Carmine Red.

Inside the GTS gets custom eight-way sport seats with Alcantara accents, while for the first tie the GTS gets a Sport Chrono package. Porsche is also introducing what it calls a Sound Symposer that, “channels authentic engine intake sounds into the cabin.”

The Cayenne GTS will hit dealers in August of this year, starting at $82,050 plus a $975 delivery charge.

GALLERY: 2013 Porsche Cayenne GTS

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 |  Apr 07 2012, 1:02 PM

Heading to Auto China in Beijing next month will be the 2013 Subaru Legacy which the Japanese automaker has announced will sport “extensive modifications” compared to the typical yearly model updates.

The recently facelifted Subaru Legacy debuted at the New York Auto Show, but the one making an appearance at Beijing will be specifically made for the Chinese market. The interesting part about the teaser image however is that it hints that the Legacy may have a raised height version, pointing at the possibility of an Outback sedan.

“In the view of the market characteristics, the 2013 Legacy model for Chinese market was specially designed not only to enhance its great presence but also to embody the bold and dynamic design with its raised ground clearance,” Subaru said in a press release.

The automaker also announced that the BRZ will be displayed in China for the first time in addition to a Chinese rally car.