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Leaked sketches of MG’s first crossover show the unnamed vehicle, which is set to make its public debut at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show.
Rolls-Royce is going for gusto with its special “Six Senses” Ghost, which the company says appeals to all your sensory perceptions, and more. Silly? Maybe, but there’s no question that this concept defines luxury transportation.
The company wants to evoke your sixth sense with their new concept, the Ghost Six Senses. This car, which is being shown at the Beijing Auto Show, is based on a regular Ghost but with extra luxurious elements added to appeal to your sixth sense.
The most interesting of the three cars is the ”Yundong Shuangqing” concept, seen above. It features the company’s usual blue badge, signaling that it is a hybrid. In fact, the “Yundong Shuangqing” features technology from Toyota’s Chinese research and development center, lending it a bit of a local flavor.
“We would like to put smiles on the faces of our Chinese customers with hybrid technology.” said Akio Toyoda, Toyota Motor Company President. “I want the people of China to be able to experience the beauty of hybrid technology through a hybrid car born in China.”
The other concepts that were unveiled today were the “Toyota Dear Qin” sedan and hatchback. Both cars are considered a part of Toyota’s global-strategic concept. Toyota claims they are designed in order to attract more people to the brand. You can see all three concepts in the gallery below.
GALLERY: Toyota Beijing 2012 Concepts
Limited edition models for the Chinese market seems to be on the top of every luxury automaker’s list right now. Next to join the list is Aston Martin, who will be officially unveiling its Dragon 88 Limited Edition package at the upcoming 2012 Beijing Auto Show.
The Dragon 88 Limited Edition package first hit the news back in February, and as expected the package will be available for the DBS Volante, Virage Coupe, and V8 Vantage S Coupe models. It will be limited to just 88 examples and will be available in Volcano Red, Amethyst Red, and Champagne Gold.
The Volcano Red shade represents the fire of the dragon, while the Amethyst Red is a classier shade that symbolizes wealth, peace, protection, and intuition. Lastly, the Champagne Gold portrays the dragon’s status and prestige, wealth and fortune.
In addition to the unique paint shades, the Aston Martin models have 24-karat gold badging. Much of the package’s accessories are in the interior with dragon-embroidered headrests, gold inlays, and Piano Black trim. Buyers out China can choose between Spicy Red, Chancellor Red, or Deep Purple for interior colors.
No pricing was announced yet, but we expect the British automaker to announce it at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show.
GALLERY: Aston Martin Dragon 88 Limited Edition
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.
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.
GALLERY: Toyota Beijing Motor Show Concept Teasers
Revealed ahead of its 2012 Auto China in Beijing debut is the Audi RS Q3 Concept boasting 360-hp from the same 2.5-liter TFSI engine that powers the TT-RS.
The German automaker’s Q3 concept has one goal: “It interprets the character of the compact SUV in a very special way – systematically dynamic.” The RS Q3 has been lowered almost an inch and widened, showing off the potential of the Q3 in an all new fashion.
The matte Ordos Blue finish on the exterior has been contrasted with brushed and polished aluminum trim frames while the single-frame black radiator grille undoubtedly resembles Audi styling. But it’s not your run-of-the-mill Q3 grille; Audi has slightly offset they honeycombs to give it a unique, three-dimensional effect. The headlights are slightly tinted while the carbon-fiber mirror covers are a nice touch.
The more aggressive front bumper sports carbon fiber components, including the front lip. The rear gets a similar tinted treatment on the taillights while the diffuser houses two large elliptical exhaust tips, typical of the RS style.
On the inside, the black and blue theme continues with plenty of carbon fiber and Fine Nappa leather. Dark blue Alcantara was used on the seats to contrast the rest of the black leather throughout the interior.
Most interesting is the 2.5-liter five-cylinder powerplant that boasts 360-hp thanks to a turbocharger. According to Audi, the RS Q3 hits 62-mph in just 5.2 seconds, very impressive for a compact SUV. Mated to a seven-speed S tronic transmission, the 2.5-liter TFSI powerplant also features Audi’s coveted quattro permanent all-wheel drive. Rounding off the concept is a set of 20-inch wheels paired to 255/30/20 tires.
This is definitely one of those concepts we hope Audi makes a reality – a high-performance compact SUV certainly has a place in this world.
GALLERY: Audi RS3 Q3 Concept
JAC Motors might sound familiar, it caught our attention when the Ford F-150 clone called the 4R3 ran the internet gamut. Now the Chinese automaker will be presenting its S11 sports coupe at the upcoming Auto China Show in Beijing.
What’s interesting is that this isn’t the first time the S11 has made an appearance. In 2009, Tong Jian showed off the same vehicle at the Shanghai Auto Show and it appears that JAC Motors has reached an agreement with Tong Jian to brand the S11 as its own. We won’t go so far as to speculate that the Chinese automakers are now copying one another, that would just be shameful.
The styling on the S11 is a mixture of Germany and Italy’s finest exotics from Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Audi. The front end sports a very Lamborghini-esque design, while the rear is a blatant copy of various Ferrari models over the years. The side sills are undoubtedly influenced by the Audi R8.
Rumor has it that the S11 will be powered by a hybrid engine, but don’t hold your breath for anything amazing.
GALLERY: JAC Motors S11
Speaking to German newspaper Handelsblatt, Winkelmann revealed Lamborghini’s goal to have an SUV as a new third model to diversify the Lamborghini line-up as soon as 2017. Suffering losses (as most supercar brands do) since 2009, Lamborghini is under pressure from parent company Volkswagen to become a profitable asset.
Both vehicles look to sport custom accents catered to the Chinese market, with gold-themed graphics to celebrate the ‘Year of the Dragon.’ The 300C concept looks to feature a blacked-out exterior, a different front bumper, mesh grille, and new wheels.
The Wrangler is the concept with the black and gold exterior further accents by dragon graphics and unique lighting. The interior also features gold accents on the steering wheel, instrument cluster, and door handles.
Chances are both these concepts will be available strictly for the Chinese market if they make their way to a limited production.
GALLERY: Chrysler Beijing Auto Show Concepts
The i8 plug-in hybrid is the product of BMW‘s best engineering and innovation in an effort to create the most advanced automobile to ever come from the Bavarian automaker.
Motivated by a 170-hp electric motor driving the front wheels and a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine producing 223-hp and 295 lb.-ft. of torque at the rear, the performance figures don’t sound exactly supercar territory. However, thanks to a lightweight carbon fiber and aluminum chassis, BMW managed to keep its i8 down to a thin 3,197 lbs., good enough to earn respectable performance numbers like a 0-to-62 mph time of 4.9 seconds. A unique all-wheel drive system, which can change into an all-front or all-rear powered car in an instant, should provide the i8 with superior all-condition handling performance as well. What’s more, on a full charge, the BMW i8 can travel 20 miles in full electric mode.
But BMW isn’t going to stop there. In an effort to make the i8 plug-in hybrid sports car even more appealing, a convertible “Spyder” version is also in the works, with a selection of photos having been released ahead of the cars debut at the New York Auto Show next week. Could this be the world’s first plug-in hybrid electric convertible to go into production?
GALLERY: BMW i8 Spyder
After much speculation, Lamborghini has finally officially confirmed development and production for its new super-SUV, its first truck since the original Rambo Lambo LM002.
According to a well-placed source at Audi, its Italian supercar subsidiary is hard at work on the project and are aiming to make a grand unveiling of its brand new SUV/crossover concept for the 2012 Beijing Motor Show. The Audi manager could provide little information but did respond, “I can’t comment in detail but the speculation in the press is largely correct.” Lamborghini itself has yet to make any statements.
Initial speculations on the Lambo-ute suggested a version of the V10 powerplant sourced from the Gallardo. What’s more, while alternative-energy power plants go against the Italian supercarmaker’s traditions, a possible hybrid drivetrain capable of 700-hp has also been rumored. As an upmarket competitor rivaling the high performance Porsche Cayenne, Maserati Kubang, as well as the statement making BMW X6, the new Lamborghini SUV is projected to produce less than 1,500 examples a year and is expected to command a steep retail price no less than $200,000 in North America.
During the 2008 Paris Auto Show, Lamborghini revealed a sleek four-door Estoque and although Lamborghini denies the concept will make it to production, a successful Lamborghini SUV just might make room for a sedan as the fourth model in the line-up.