Considering the number of major global debuts that took place over the weekend, it looks like China’s major auto shows, the biannual events in Beijing and Shanghai, can be added to the list of the world’s most important international auto shows, a list that currently includes the shows of Detroit, New York, Frankfurt, Geneva, Paris and Tokyo.
And it wasn’t just the international automakers that were making all the buzz, as a number of Chinese designs were impressive this year--something that couldn’t have been as little as 12 months ago.
As your luxury and performance leader, these weren’t the designs we were focused on. Instead, here is a list of our personal top ten debuts from this past weekend’s 2013 Shanghai Auto Show.
And remember, at any time you’ll be able to access all the information from the show via this dedicated show page
10) Acura SUV-X Concept
: Acura’s had some mixed results with its designs of late, but the SUV-X concept on show in Shanghai this week shows that the automaker’s sharp-edged design philosophy has matured enough that it is starting to become somewhat pleasing to the eye. The SUV-X is a preview of a new Acura compact crossover in the works, though so far the only market to be announced for it is China.
9) Citroën DS Wild Rubis Concept
: Considering a largish SUV is the last type of vehicle you’d expect from a French automaker (okay, a pickup would be even more odd), Citroën has managed to do a pretty good job with its DS Wild Rubis concept, which previews a new mid-size SUV to be launched under the French automaker’s premium DS brand. We think it looks good, and it’s advanced hybrid system makes it even better.
8) 2014 Porsche Panamera
: With just a few tweaks, Porsche has managed to improve the styling of its Panamera considerably at the rear, and this alone gets the German super sedan on our list. We’re also impressed with the technology introduced with this mere facelift, especially in regards to the new Panamera S E-Hybrid plug-in hybrid model.
7) BMW Concept X4
: We’re still undecided on the BMW X4. Tension and contrast is part of what made the bigger X6 so intriguing and controversial upon its launch, and it looks like the X4 is set to tread the same path. Will it work a second time around for BMW? Only time will tell, although we must admit that the concept version of the X4 unveiled this week in China did manage to draw the crowds.
6) Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse World Record Car
: The latest Bugatti roadster isn’t exactly a new model, as all of the hardware is already present on the regular Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse. However, the fact that this ‘World Record Car’ edition can drive at 254 mph with the top down is simply an amazing feat of engineering and should be lauded. We’ve given it sixth place on our top ten debuts of the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show list for the effort.
Hit the next page to see what debuts made the final five places in our top ten 2013 Shanghai Auto Show debuts list. And remember, at any time you’ll be able to access all the information from the show via this dedicated show page