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General Motors’ advertising strategy made headlines several times already this year, but the latest revelation just might be the strangest yet.
China’s largest carmaker, Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC), is among a bunch of Chinese automakers looking to expand into the American market.
Before they can form more concrete plans, however, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration official David Strickland visited China to explain U.S. safety standards, and touring the SAIC plant. Despite the reputation Chinese automakers currently have for quality control, Chinese domestic brands are slated to meet international companies in quality by 2015, according to JD Power. Chinese companies tend to hire managers and engineers from other countries, buy supplies from overseas and adopt quality control processes that are industry-standard, said Jacob George, managing director at J.D. Power Asia Pacific
“When they offer their vehicle for sale, we will treat them like we will treat any company whether it is a Detroit company or a Japanese company or a Chinese company,” said Strickland.
SAIC took the reigns of the Rover empire from Britain after MG Rover went belly-up in 2005; they now build the Roewe 550, a car engineered in China with some English input, as well as the former Rover 75. With a partnership from General Motors, SAIC will start selling cars in the burgeoning market of India by the end of the year. Eventually, they’ll aim to sell 800,000 cars by 2015. Hopefully that quality prediction is pretty accurate.
[Source: Automotive News]
After tinkering around with Bugatti’s extensive online configurator for their Veyron, we find it hard to believe anyone special ordering their Veyron would end up with an identical one as someone else. But as if a ridiculously high number of combinations weren’t enough, Bugatti has released two more special edition Veyrons out in Shanghai featuring unique color and trim combinations.
The special edition Grand Sport, Veyron’s convertible, features a matte white with blue carbon fiber combination. On the inside, matching blue interior with white stitching can be seen. While that may be cool enough for some, what’s really awesome is the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport for China. The 1,100-hp Super Sport features a carbon black exterior while the interior is a mix of Snow Beige and Beluga Black. Carbon fiber continues in the interior as accents as well.
No pricing was announced, but Bugatti is well aware of how ripe China’s market is for exotic supercars. One of their 16.4 Super Sport’s has already been sold to a customer in China.
Official press release available after the break.
GALLERY: Bugatti Veyron Special Editions
To celebrate its 10 year presence in Singapore, Lamborghini has unleashed a limited edition Gallardo exclusive to Singapore. Only 10 of the Gallardos are available, and apparently all of them already have new owners. Delivery of all 10 took place at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Singapore with $15,000 of each Gallardo sold going to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, benefiting underprivileged students.
Available in white or black, the limited edition Gallardo is the result of a partnership between Lamborghini and its Singapore importer. The subtle giveaway is a pair of red stripes on each side of the Gallardo accented with a Merlion logo, which is a lion-headed fish created by the Singapore Tourism Board in 1964.
GALLERY: Special Edition Shanghai Lamborghini Gallardos
The long awaited next generation BMW M5 will get its first showing in (lightly disguised) concept form at the Shanghai Auto Show. With China becoming a rapidly important market for BMW (read: sales are booming), the new car, codenamed the F10, will surely be a hit with performance-minded buyers in China and the world over.
The sublime V10 is expected to be jettisoned in favor of a new twin-turbo V8, as seen in the X5M and X6M. Rumors state that the car will also feature ceramic brakes (a first for any BMW), and we can similarly expect to see some kind of dual clutch transmission. The new V8 makes 555 horsepower and 510 lb-ft in the SUVs, and a bump in power wouldn’t be unreasonable for what is arguably BMW’s flagship M car. The most significant development of course, is that BMW chose to reveal the car at Shanghai, but this still leaves the door open for an official production unveiling at September’s Frankfurt Auto Show, which is of course, BMW’s home turf.
[Source: 4 Wheels News]
While most of us relate bright pink luxury and exotic vehicles to Paris Hilton (or perhaps Barbie), the infamous heiress wasn’t the one ordering up this custom Ferrari California.
Surprisingly the pink shade is a nice and exotic one, matching the convertible Ferrari quite well. The car was spotted in Shanghai and we can’t say it’s as bad as you’d expect when you hear the words “Pink Ferrari.” And besides, with 460-hp from a high-revving Italian V8, we wouldn’t kick a Prancing Horse out of our garage, no matter what the color.
GALLERY: Bright Pink Ferrari California
[Source: GT Spirit]
Last week we reported about the Citroen Metropolis and its goals to rival German automotive manufacturers BMW and Mercedes-Benz, specifically in the China market. Low and behold a few days later, the first photos of the Citroen Metropolis in its full reality have surfaced.
Now that we’re able to admire every angle imaginable of the vehicle, we can tell that Citroen is fairly on point in terms of styling for the luxury sedan market, perhaps even setting a new standard in design. What is unique to the Metropolis, that is clearly evident in these photos, is its lower roof-line that is reminiscent of Citroen’s GT supercar concept circa 2008.
As we mentioned before, the Citroen Metropolis is eco-friendly with an electric motor powering it at low speeds but while on the freeway a 2.0L V6 contributes 272-hp. Citroen claims that with both the electric and V6 engines working harmoniously, they put out 460-hp combined.
We’ll be keeping our eyes tight on this concept and hopefully it will become a reality. One thing is for sure, competition is never a bad thing, with the Porsche Panamera and the Aston Martin Rapide paving the way, things are looking bright in this market. Make sure to check out the video of this beauty after the break.
Gallery: Citroen Metropolis Concept