5) Buick Riviera Concept
: The stunning Riviera concept that turned out to be one of the biggest surprises of the show is a positive sign for the future of Buick design. Additionally, rumors of a plug-in Buick hybrid have been making the rounds for a while now--but this Riviera concept brings it to life, conceptually, at least. Let’s hope any production version of the Riviera manages to maintain some of this concept’s elegance and sophisticated touches.
4) Icona Vulcano Concept
: Another surprise in Shanghai was the Vulcano concept from Icona. In addition to its gorgeous body, the car packs one of two potential powertrains, both of which develop more than 800 horsepower and feature some form of electrification. The more potent of the two delivers up to 950 horsepower and is said to enable 0-62 mph acceleration in less than 2.0 seconds. That alone guarantees the Vulcano a top five position on our list.
3) Mercedes-Benz Concept GLA
: The compact crossover class might just get a little cooler if the production GLA Class looks as good as the concept version showcased in Shanghai over the weekend. The good news is that we don’t have long to wait until its reveal, as the production GLA will be revealed at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show in September and, hopefully, will be in showrooms before the year is out.
2) Lamborghini Aventador LP 720-4 50° Anniversario
: The Aventador is already an extremely capable machine. Add an extra 20 horsepower, improve the aerodynamic efficiency by 50 percent and fill the interior with semi-aniline leather and other premium touches, and you’re got a recipe for success. It’s definitely hard to ignore the latest Lambo special edition, but it just wasn’t new enough to make the top spot.
1) 2014 Maserati Ghibli
: Yes, it’s the Ghibli in the top spot. The car offers the sporty and elegant styling that the previous-generation Quattroporte was renowned for, but packaged in a mid-size sedan body that should translate to sharper performance when the road gets twisty. The fact that the Ghibli comes with gasoline or diesel powerplants, plus the option of all-wheel drive, means it’s a very compelling argument in the mid-size sedan segment.
So that’s our list of the top ten debuts at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show. Let us know if you disagree with any of our choices by placing a comment below. And remember, at any time you’ll be able to access all the information from the show via this dedicated show page