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This Week’s Top Photos: The 2014 Beijing Auto Show Edition

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BMW Vision Future Luxury concept, 2014 Beijing Auto Show

BMW Vision Future Luxury concept, 2014 Beijing Auto Show

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The Beijing Auto Show, as well as its sister event in Shangai, is now recognized as one of the industry’s most important, so it should come as little surprise that the most recent one was packed with new concept and model debuts. One of the stars was BMW’s Vision Future Luxury, a large, luxurious sedan concept that previews the styling of the German automaker’s future lineup starting with the next-generation 7-Series due out next year.

Lincoln MKX concept, 2014 Beijing Auto Show

Lincoln MKX concept, 2014 Beijing Auto Show

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Another concept previewing a future model was the striking Lincoln MKX concept. The American luxury brand has just entered the Chinese market, and an exciting concept reveal during one of the nation’s premier auto shows is a great way of putting itself on the map.

Mercedes-Benz Concept Coupe SUV

Mercedes-Benz Concept Coupe SUV

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Mercedes-Benz’s upcoming rival to the BMW X6 was previewed in concept form in Beijing this past week. The lines of the Concept Coupe SUV are bold, but we wonder if the eventual production version will look as good.

2015 Lexus NX 300h

2015 Lexus NX 300h

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A production model presented in Beijing this past week was the 2015 Lexus NX. It goes on sale this fall, and in the U.S. will be available with turbocharged and hybrid powertrains.

Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Nazionale by Ad Personam, 2014 Beijing Auto Show

Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Nazionale by Ad Personam, 2014 Beijing Auto Show

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Lamborghini has launched a new Aventador special edition developed by its personalization department Ad Personam. It’s called the Nazionale, the Italian word for “national”, so it’s not surprising that we see the car wearing the colors from the Italian flag.

2016 Chevrolet Cruze (Chinese spec), 2014 Beijing Auto Show

2016 Chevrolet Cruze (Chinese spec), 2014 Beijing Auto Show

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It may not be as exciting as some of the other vehicles on show in Beijing this week, but Chevrolet’s next-generation Cruze, which made its world debut at the Chinese event, is a crucial model for the Bowtie brand. That’s because the current Cruze is Chevy’s most popular model worldwide, and it’s likely this new one will be too.

Volkswagen New Midsize Coupe concept, 2014 Beijing Auto Show

Volkswagen New Midsize Coupe concept, 2014 Beijing Auto Show

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Volkswagen has given us a taste of a new compact four-door coupe with a striking concept based on the flexible MQB platform found in the 2015 Golf. The concept is called the New Midsize Coupe and it also showcases new design elements that are expected to feature on future VW products.

Audi TT Offroad concept, 2014 Beijing Auto Show

Audi TT Offroad concept, 2014 Beijing Auto Show

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You may recall that just a few weeks ago Audi R&D boss Ulrich Hackenberg revealed that the brand with the four rings was looking for ways to capitalize on the TT sports car's strong brand and iconic status by launching additional variants. Well, the first of these additional variants may just be a crossover, as indicated by the new TT Offroad concept on show in Beijing this past week.

Peugeot Exalt concept, 2014 Beijing Auto Show

Peugeot Exalt concept, 2014 Beijing Auto Show

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French automaker Peugeot took the covers off a stunning four-door coupe concept in Beijing this week. Called the Exalt, the concept takes the aggressive look first showcased on Peugeot’s Onyx supercar concept in 2012 and applies it to a vehicle more likely to enter production.

Bugatti Legend ‘Black Bess’ Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse

Bugatti Legend ‘Black Bess’ Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse

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The penultimate edition in a series of six special edition Bugatti Veyrons honoring the most important people and cars that have shaped Bugatti’s history was in Beijing this week. Part of the Les Légendes de Bugatti (Bugatti Legends) series, this fifth car is reminiscent of the famed Bugatti Type 18 affectionately known as Black Bess, which at one point was the fastest road car in the world.

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