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Auto China 2012: 10 cars not to be missed

April 25, 2012

Victoria Beckham poses next to the special-edition Evoque. — Reuters picVictoria Beckham poses next to the special-edition Evoque. — Reuters picBEIJING, April 25 — This week, one of the world’s most important auto shows gets underway in Beijing, with Chinese and international automakers showing new products destined for the world’s largest car market. Here, a selection of cars to see at the show, which runs through May 2.

Aston Martin Dragon 88 styling

The new Dragon 88 styling will be available for all Aston Martin models and comes complete with gold plating, gold and red exterior colour choices and ten-spoke ‘dragon edition’ alloy wheels.

BYD-Daimler Denza concept

The Denza Chinese New Energy Vehicle (NEV) is the first new model from the BYD and Daimler partnership, blending BYD’s EV know-how with Daimler’s automotive design pedigree.

The new Aston Martin Dragon 88 styling — motoren.wordpress.com picThe new Aston Martin Dragon 88 styling — motoren.wordpress.com picChrysler 300C Ruyi Concept

Chrysler’s re-entry into China could be spearheaded by this sleek black model, a concept blending the Chrysler 300 design with traditional Chinese symbols. Ruyi means “as one wishes.”

Fiat Viaggio

The Viaggio is a four-door sedan which is set to launch in the summer with a 1.4-liter engine.

Jeep Wrangler Dragon Design Concept

Another Dragon-themed model for the ‘Year of the Dragon’ features gold dragon accents on the exterior and headrests.

Mercedes-Benz Concept Style Coupé with Jessie J

Mercedes-Benz drafted in superstar Jessie J to unveil its new Concept Style Coupé, a compact model aimed at wealthy urban consumers in China’s thriving cities.

MG Icon

Designed to pay tribute to the MGA and MGB, the MG Icon concept is a hatch bearing more than a slight resemblance to the Mini Cooper and the Nissan Juke. The concept is spacious, with rear-hinged doors new to the brand.

The Toyota Yundong Shuangqing concept adopts Prius hybrid technology for a China-only concept model. — carmagazine.co.uk picThe Toyota Yundong Shuangqing concept adopts Prius hybrid technology for a China-only concept model. — carmagazine.co.uk picRange Rover Evoque Special Edition

Victoria Beckham was on hand to launch this special-edition Evoque in a bid to maximise the British luxury theme. It is finished in matt grey paint, 20” wheels and rose-gold details.

Renault Talisman

The Talisman sedan will launch in mid-June 2012 with a base price of RMB318 800 (RM154,707).

Toyota Yundong Shuangqing concept

With Chinese buyers increasingly adopting hybrids instead of electric vehicles, this concept adopts Toyota’s famous Prius hybrid technology for a China-only concept model. — AFP/Relaxnews

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