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Report: Acura aiming for Chinese production by 2016

By Jeffrey N. Ross

Acura SUV-X Concept live at 2013 Shanghai Motor Show

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Not wanting to be left out of the emerging luxury car bonanza in China, Automotive News is reporting that Acura could begin producing vehicles in the Asian country by 2016. Like Audi, Mercedes-Benz and BMW, Acura will reportedly build vehicles in China using a local partner – Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. in Acura’s case – while Cadillac and Infiniti will build their own vehicles locally.

Guangzhou already produces Honda models in China, but the article says that the first Acura produced in that country could be a new compact model based on the Acura SUV-X Concept (shown above), a showcar revealed in April at the Shanghai Motor Show. China’s luxury car market is expected to grow to 2.7 million units a year by the end of this decade, which would put it on pace to make it the largest premium car market in the world.

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Official: Smart shows production version of winged ForJeremy [w/video]

By Jonathon Ramsey

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The SmartForJeremy is a reality, a limited run of the haute couture Smart Fortwo being announced at the Shanghai Motor Show. It has been toned down for production since we first saw it at last year’s LA Auto Show but its signature flourish, the wings, remain. Instead replacing the brake lights, though, a smaller set of red-accented wings sit above them. The white interior remains, though the KITT-style wheel has been swapped for a traditional unit.

A collaboration between Mercedes-Benz Cars Advanced Design Studios and Jeremy Scott, it will come in white with white wheels and alubeam accents outside and in. Production starts this month and there will be three powertrain options all in the coupe bodystyle: a standard 55kW Smart ForTwo Electric Drive for 34,800 euro ($45,416 US), a more powerful 60kW Brabus Electric Drive for 40,600 euro ($52,985 US) or a 102-horsepower gasoline-engined Brabus for 33,333 euro ($43,501 US).

It’s not for everyone, but if you want to live like it’s Fashion Week every week look no further. The press release and video below can tell you more about it.

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Shanghai: We obsessively covered the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show

By Steven J. Ewing

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With each passing year, the Shanghai Motor Show gets more and more important – take that, if you will, as a metaphor for the entire Chinese automotive market as a whole. And while the show’s press events are limited to one single day (on a Saturday, no less), we’ve done our best to bring you our usual obsessive live coverage direct from the show floor.

So as we prepare to board jumbo jets for the long flights back to the US, have a look through our full roundup of Shanghai coverage below.

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Shanghai: Acura Concept SUV-X is where brand should be going [w/video]

By Jonathon Ramsey

Acura Concept SUV-X

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We’re not saying Acura should off their Concept SUV-X for sale as-is, we’re just saying we’d like to see Acuras that are interesting to look at on the outside, rather than just being packed full of technology on the inside. Revealed at the Shanghai Motor Show, the Concept SUV-X joins other compact high-rollers like the MG CS concept as an entrant for China‘s compact SUV segment.

But this won’t be a concept forever. Acura says that the SUV-X is the precursor to a production offering from the brand in China that will come “in about three years.” A presser below sheds a little more light on this and the Chinese version of the RLX that will go on sale in a few months, and there’s a short video detailing some of the concept’s finer points, as well.

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Shanghai: Renault Alpine A110-50 Concept makes fast friends at Shanghai show

By Jeffrey N. Ross

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Last year, Renault created the Alpine A110-50 Concept to mark the 50th anniversary of the original Renault A110, but we had to wait until this year’s Shanghai Motor Show to see the stunning concept in person. First introduced in 1961, the A110 became a dominating force in the rally car circuit in the early 1970s, and the A110-50 Concept shows what a future version of the car could be – although there’s still no official word if Renault plans to ever bring this car to production.

As a refresher, this concept pays homage to the classic A110 with its Alpine Blue paint job and hood-mounted foglights, but its wavy rear wing, scissor doors and curvaceous carbon fiber body are all modern cues. This concept gets its power from a mid-mounted 3.5-liter V6 producing 400 horsepower, which is controlled through a six-speed, dual-clutch gearbox. For more information on this concept (including a digital video of the car in motion) head on over to our previous post of the car from last year.

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Shanghai: Cadillac still planning for big things in China

By Chris Paukert

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Despite some hiccups, China remains the auto industry’s great hope for new vehicle sales, with significant sales gains and a huge upside. Nowhere is that hope more fervent than at General Motors, which offers eight different marques in the Asian nation. China has been GM‘s single biggest market the last three years running, and is unlikely to give up that title anytime soon. Yet its premiere brand, Cadillac, has remained essentially stagnant, selling just 30,000 units in China last year. That’s in a segment where sales of luxury vehicles has outpaced that of the larger Chinese market. So what gives?

According to Cadillac officials Autoblog spoke with in China this week at the Shanghai Motor Show, it’s been a problem of product – they haven’t had the right ones. Displacement taxation issues, import tariffs and currency fluctuations have all conspired to make the brand’s products less appealing than they might otherwise have been. But GM is stepping on the gas with Cadillac, and executives are eyeballing 100,000 sales by 2016 – more than triple the Wreath and Crest’s current volume. And the expectations for the brand only get more ambitious from there – they’re shooting for 10 percent of the luxury market by 2020. Bob Socia, President of GM China, promises that there will be a new Caddy launched in the market each year from now through 2016 and most will be built in China. Characterizing the company’s efforts to revive the brand’s fortunes as a “relaunch” of sorts, Cadillac also figures to gain dealers as GM expands its sales outlet footprint westward.

New products like a made-in-China XTS sedan (with a market-specific 2.0-liter four-cylinder to avoid heavy displacement taxes) will help, and Socia hinted that the ATS sport sedan could be next in line for in-country production. The SRX crossover – currently the brand’s best-selling model in China – will also likely get a long look for future local production when the next-generation model is introduced. In the meantime, Cadillac unveiled the Escalade ESV Hybrid (shown above) as its latest model addition to capitalize on the market‘s white-hot luxury SUV segment.

In addition to new products, GM China is also investing in developing market-specific technology at its facilities in Shanghai. Much of that will come in the form of apps for its infotainment systems like Cadillac’s CUE, including connectivity for popular social media utilities like Weibo, which executives described as China‘s Twitter.

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Exclusive: GM China President says automaker could export vehicles from China to US

By Chris Paukert

GM of China executive Bob Socia at 2013 Shanghai Motor Show

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At a press conference on Saturday at the Shanghai Motor Show, General Motors announced plans to further expand its presence in the Chinese market. Among those commitments are plans to build four new plants by the end of 2015, giving the automaker the capacity to produce around five million vehicles a year in the country.

In order to make the most of that expansion, GM is adding 400 dealerships in China this year alone (for a total of 4,200 sales points), and it’s eyeing 5,100 dealers by 2015. Yet not all of that production will stay in ChinaGM is planning to increase exports as well. Officials estimate the company will export somewhere between 100,000 and 130,000 Chinese-built vehicles this year – a record. And it’s gunning for more.

Autoblog asked GM China president Bob Socia (above) if that means the company might eventually export new vehicles built in China to the United States, and he responded:

“It could very well happen. It could very well happen. You know, I’m not sharing any plans with you, but we try to keep open as to what makes sense. And Tim [Lee – GM‘s president of international operations] is the right guy to talk about your manufacturing footprint. If it make sense to tool up a vehicle in one location as opposed to two, from an economic perspective, Tim will say that’s what we should be doing. We’re open to be doing that. There’s no reason why we can’t be exporting to the States, and obviously the States are exporting here.”

Given that the Pan-Asia Technical Automotive Center – GM and Chinese automaker SAIC‘s joint-venture vehicle engineering and design house – is expanding and increasingly calling the shots with Buick, the Tri-Shield brand is arguably the most likely way that Chinese-built vehicles might find their way to the US. GM has sold more Buicks in China than in the States for some time now, and PATAC has been responsible for a growing amount of work on the brand, from taking the lead on styling and engineering for the current LaCrosse to designing showcars like the just-revealed Riviera Concept shown below.

But are there such export plans in place at this time, we asked? “No.”

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Shanghai: 2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid is one mean green machine

By Steven J. Ewing

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The entire Porsche Panamera lineup gets a refresh for the 2014 model year, and new additions to the range include two long-wheelbase models and this E-Hybrid fuel-sipper that makes its debut here at the Shanghai Motor Show. And, well, we say “fuel-sipper lightly.”

Porsche has packed its hybrid Panamera with 416 horsepower and 435 pound-feet of torque, and that certainly makes for one quick sedan-hatchback-thing. Hitting 60 miles per hour will reportedly take just 5.2 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 167 mph. And while Porsche hasn’t revealed specific powertrain details, the company says that the S E-Hybrid “improves upon the concept offered by the previous Panamera S Hybrid with a more powerful electric motor,” which leads us to believe that the supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine at the heart of it all still remains intact.

Fuel economy numbers (or estimates) have not been released as of this writing, but we expect to have that information closer to the car’s on-sale date later this year. As for the new battery system, Porsche says that when plugged into a 240-volt charging station, it can be fully charged in just two and a half hours. When topped off, the Panamera S E-Hybrid should have an electric driving range of around 20 miles at speeds up to 84 mph, though, obviously, not at the same time.

Have a look at the press release below for more information.

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Shanghai: Ford Mondeo with 1.5-liter EcoBoost debuts in China

By Jeremy Korzeniewski

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Does the car above, posing fancifully in white, look familiar? Well, it should. Although it wears Mondeo badges in the form you see above for the Chinese market – as it does in Europe – the car is basically the same thing sold in the US as the Ford Fusion. Of course, it’s what’s under that shapely skin that counts.

Ford has chosen the Shanghai Motor Show as the venue with which to unveil its 1.5-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. We’d heard about the engine before, but now we have a few performance estimates to share: 133 kW of power (about 178 horsepower) and 240 Nm of torque (about 177 pound-feet).

Those numbers pretty much confirm previous rumors indicating about 177 in each category, and it’s right on par with what Ford’s own 1.6-liter EcoBoost produces. Ford is claiming best-in-class fuel economy as well, but no specific figures have yet been provided. In any case, we’ll surely have all the data soon enough, as the 1.5-liter mill is destined for the US Fusion in 2014.

Ford will also offer a 2.0-liter EcoBoost in the Chinese Mondeo that puts out 178 kW (239 horsepower) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft). All that and more can be found in the press release below.

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Shanghai: Icona Vulcano does a sultry striptease in Shanghai

By Jonathon Ramsey

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Perhaps Icona didn’t get the message that it’s safe to reveal the entirety of the Vulcano now that the Shanghai Motor Show is under way, but we’ll enjoy the half we can see and admit that we didn’t expect to like it as much as we do. There’s some Lexus LFA DNA in the face, some Ferrari 599 and F12 Berlinetta in the profile and a backside we’ve never seen before; the entire package manages a note all its own. At least, with the half we can see.

The placard next to the Vulcano presents more information than we know how to decipher at the moment: it weighs either 3,509 pounds or 3,597 pounds and has 870 or 950 horsepower depending on your choice of powertrain, those driveline options apparently being either gasoline, hybrid, two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. The sprint from 0-60 miles per hour is either 2.9 or 3.0 seconds, and the top speed is 217 mph. And if the lead image on Icona’s site is to be believed, the Vulcano has a seven-speed transmission, a rev counter that goes to 10,000, a horsepower meter and a seriously futuristic digital dashboard.

Icona hasn’t released the trove of details it must know everyone is waiting on – like if this is really just a one-off – so we’ll update the post when we get it. For now there’s a brief press release below and the high-res gallery above.

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Shanghai: Mercedes-Benz GLA Concept gets mobbed in China

By Jeremy Korzeniewski

Mercedes-Benz GLA Concept - Shanghai 2013 - Front three-quarter view with crowd

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If the reception it received at the Shanghai Motor Show is any judge of marketplace acceptance, Mercedes-Benz has a hit on its hands in the form of the GLA Concept. And we can understand why – we’re quickly becoming fans of Mercedes’ recent styling language, as defined by new models like the CLA and this GLA Concept.

The big news on the exterior front are the headlamp clusters, which have frickin’ laser beams attached to their foreheads embedded inside that are capable of projecting videos and images on a screen. Plus, a pair of video cameras are mounted on the roof that can be used to capture driving excitement or removed and taken with you. How cool is that? We just hope they have a substantial locking mechanism to prevent would-be thievery…

If the exterior is mostly ready for production, with a few of the more outlandish elements moved to the trash bin – like, for instance, laser-beam headlamps and removable action cams – the interior is a true custom job that screams concept loud and clear. There are all kinds of jewel-like finishes inside, along with transparent surfaces showing what looks like metal latticework underneath and some awfully thick looking leather with massive exterior stitching done by hand similar to what you’d find on a baseball glove.

Under the twin-bulged hood sits a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that sends 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission to all four wheels via Mercedes’ proprietary 4Matic all-wheel-drive system. There’s plenty more in the press release below, and we suggest you take a gander at our high-res image gallery above to take in all the unique details.

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Shanghai: Ford Escort returns… as a concept

By Jeremy Korzeniewski

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Ford is kickin’ it old school at the Shanghai Motor Show for 2013 with a new Escort Concept – “a name that stirs up thoughts of basic, affordable transportation rather than great driving dynamics or bold design” as we said in our initial preview of the small C-segment sedan. Or, as Ford puts it, “Customers in China described seeking a vehicle that is stylish – but not one that is arrogant or pretentious.” Potato, potahto…

It’s an interesting amalgam of design notes with Ford’s recent and stylish hexagonal grille up front, flanked by some pretty busy LED light clusters and chrome-trimmed air intakes at the lower extremities of the fascia, but the Escort Concept is not altogether unattractive. Besides its external appearance, we really don’t have much information to report – Ford has not yet hinted at what may be powering this little machine, but we’d expect something with four cylinders and less that 2.0 liters of displacement sending a modest number of horses to the front tires.

It probably goes without saying, but we don’t expect to see this Escort make its way to the United States, since we already have the Focus and the Fiesta battling it out in the econobox segment. That said, it’s very likely to spawn a production model that will roll out here in China and in other developing market where multiple C-segment entries are becoming increasingly common. Check out our high-res image gallery of live images above, and let us know what you think of the car’s styling, then scroll down below for the official press release.

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Shanghai: BMW X4 hatches its fastback shape in Shanghai

By Jeremy Korzeniewski

BMW X4 Concept reveal live at 2013 Shanghai Motor Show

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The day has finally come for BMW to pull the covers off its X4 Concept at the Shanghai Motor Show. The machine brings few surprises – we’ve already seen an official image gallery from the German automaker, so its exterior shape was well known – but at least now we get to see it with our own eyes, and with the lenses of our very own cameras.

You can clearly see the fastback roofline in our high-res image gallery above, along with the jacked-up stance that allows BMW to call this machine a Sports Activity Vehicle, which basically means “Crossover” to our friends in Munich. We’ve seen similar vehicle shapes before, most notably in the form of the BMW X6, but also as far back as the 1980s from the likes of AMC.

We fully expect the transition from concept to production to be pretty seamless, so what we see here is, for the most part, what we’ll see on the showroom floor in 2014. Feel free to peruse the press release below, but first, be sure to browse through our live images from Shanghai and let us know what you think.

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Official: Ford Escort Concept goes back to basics

By Steven J. Ewing

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Here’s the thing about China: The folks buying cars there have a very different set of standards than shoppers in many other markets around the globe. While we all drool over hot metal with bold designs, and while we appreciate automakers going an extra step to inject even their cheapest offerings with aggressive and interesting cues, that sort of sheetmetal sex appeal doesn’t always sell in the People’s Republic. Case in point is Jaguar, which may be designing a more traditional-looking version of its XJ for the Chinese market, or more to the point of this story, Ford currently sells the less-exciting, last-generation Focus compact in China right alongside the new one.

So consider this new Shanghai-bound C-segment concept a preview of what’s to come for that more traditional, budget-minded, less-sexy market. More proof of this pudding: Ford’s even calling this concept the Escort – a nod to the Blue Oval‘s compact car days of yore, and a name that stirs up thoughts of basic, affordable transportation rather than great driving dynamics or bold design. “Customers in China described seeking a vehicle that is stylish – but not one that is arrogant or pretentious,” Ford states. And this new Escort concept previews a possibility of providing exactly that for this rapidly expanding automotive market.

What you’re looking at, then, is one of the most simple Ford designs we’ve seen of late, though it still incorporates all of the automaker’s latest DNA. The signature hexagonal grille is front and center, flanked by attractive LED headlamps and chrome-rimmed foglamp housings. The entire car’s design focuses on clean, smooth surfaces, with one strong character line flowing from front to back just below the beltline. We will say that the car looks decidedly more premium from the rear view, where narrow, horizontal taillamps with an LED accent give the car added visual width. Bland as it may be, it’s a handsome little concept, though fear what would likely happen if all of the conceptual details get dumbed down for a production model.

We aren’t able to see inside the concept, and no details have been released about what might lie under the hood. Ford is mostly using the Escort as a way to show Chinese customers what could be in store for a future product offering, especially since the automaker is committed to bringing 15 new products to China by the year 2015. Ford even plans to build five new plants in China by 2016 as part of a larger plan to open seven facilities throughout Asia-Pacific, with enough capacity to produce roughly 2.7 million vehicles annually in the region.

In addition to the Escort Concept, Ford will use the Shanghai Motor Show to debut the Chinese-market Mondeo, complete with its new 1.5-liter EcoBoost inline four-cylinder engine, as well as the new Fiesta ST. Scroll down for the full press blast.

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Spy Shots: Hyundai Mingtu revealed on billboard ahead of Shanghai

By Jeremy Korzeniewski

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The so-called Hyundai Mini-Sonata now has a proper name. Called the Mingtu in China, this new sedan will slot in between the compact Elantra and midsize Sonata, and it sports a pretty nifty look.

We’ve known for a while now that Hyundai is working on a more mature version of its Fluidic styling language, the first fruits of which showed up in the latest Santa Fe, and the Mingtu seems to take that refined appearance to the next level with a refined look of creased lines, a chiseled fascia and a smooth greenhouse.

There’s no indication that this car will be offered in the US market, but it’s certainly possible that some of its styling elements will carry over to the next Elantra or Sonata. In any case, expect a range of 1.8- and 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines to be announced for the Chinese market when the Mingtu makes its official debut at the Shanghai Motor Show this weekend.

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Shanghai: Buick Riviera Concept debuts in China

By John Neff

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It’s nighttime in China, and Buick has just concluded an evening event the day before the first – and only – press day of the Shanghai Motor Show. The star of this evening’s party was the Buick Riviera concept vehicle, a plug-in electric hybrid coupe that the automaker says gives a glimpse at its future design direction, not to mention resurrecting some nomenclature from the brand’s history that includes a similarly named concept from 2007.

The shape of the Riviera is said to be inspired by water. While the traditional Buick “waterfall” grille is present, the front end gains a more aggressive note thanks to what appear to be vertical air inlets below each headlight.

As for the concept’s drivetrain, Buick says it uses General Motors‘ new dual-mode wireless plug-in hybrid electric vehicle propulsion system, or W-PHEV for short. The keyword there is ‘wireless,’ as the Riviera can charge its onboard battery packs with a traditional cable or wirelessly via a “sensory recharge panel” underneath the car.

The car’s other features include 10 high-res cameras and 18 micro high-precision sensors for image and distance monitoring of objects in the vehicle’s path, which are then displayed on the inside of the windshield for the driver as a holographic image. Other electronic goodies include baked-in 4G LTE internet connection, night view assist, eagle view (like Nissan’s Around View Monitor), full-range adaptive cruise control, an autopilot system and something Buick calls “transparent” A-pillars. A lot of this sounds like concept car hokum, but buried there somewhere beneath all that future-tech is an aesthetic Buick hopes will resonate with buyers, and maybe a production coupe it can sell in both China and the US.

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Official: Volkswagen iBeetle gets integrated iPhone dock, little else

By Zach Bowman

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Apple fans have been itching to see the tech giant flex the full muscle of its iOS operating system in an automotive infotainment system for years, which is why we turned all sorts of excited when we caught wind of the Volkswagen iBeetle. The machine is headed to the Shanghai Motor Show for a debut, and VW promised it would be one of the “first cars in the world to have a genuine integrative interface for the iPhone that was coordinated with Apple.” Listen closely, and you can hear the contented sigh of a million wallets opening.

Go ahead and close those up, kids.

In reality, the iBeetle offers little more than a dash-mounted dock and a special app that shows a few vehicle functions, which is about as far from an infotainment revolution as you’re likely to find. In fact, the setup is little more than a factory rehash of aftermarket items, and hardly worth a whole model debut at an international motor show. And that’s to say nothing of the fact that Apple relishes in changing the shape and form of its darling handheld at every generation. Volkswagen better be prepared to keep pace with appropriate docking mechanisms for the upcoming iPhone 5S, 6, 6S, et al.

This is the kind of kit we expect to see as a bullet point on an option sheet, but instead, VW has made this dock+app an entire model by including special “Disc” wheels and iPhone-matching color schemes. The iBeetle will land on dealer lots in the US in 2014, but you can probably make something similar yourself today with an aftermarket dock and an iTunes gift card’s worth of third-party apps. Scroll down for the full press blast.

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Official: Lamborghini Aventador LP 720-4 50 Anniversario is one helluva birthday present

By Jeffrey N. Ross

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While most 50th birthday parties include wacky and at least somewhat offensive gag gifts, Lamborghini will be celebrating its first 50 years with some incredibly exciting machines. Aside from the Veneno, the Italian automaker will also commemorate its first half century with new versions of the Aventador and Gallardo, which will both be on display at the Shanghai Motor Show.

The special Gallardo LP 560-2 50 Anniversario is a Gallardo with a unique paint scheme, a transparent engine cover and a few carbon fiber parts from the Superleggera, but the Aventador LP 720-4 50 Anniversario is where you’ll find the true party favor. Confirming what leaked out earlier in the week, the Aventador LP 720-4 50 Anniversario squeezes an extra 20 horsepower from its 6.5-liter V12 compared to the “base” Aventador LP 700-4, which is accomplished with different engine tuning.

If the Aventador wasn’t already flashy enough for you, the 50 Anniversario gets painted up in a two-tone paint job with a bright yellow Giallo Maggio exterior color over matte black for the lower portions of the car, along with gloss-black wheels. Lamborghini chose yellow because it has been the most popular color for its cars since the Miura. As for unique styling elements, the Aventador LP 720-4 50 Anniversario gets a revised front end with an extended splitter and bigger air intakes, and the rear fascia has been completely redesigned for better aerodynamics and engine ventilation.

In addition to the Veneno and the special-edition Aventador and Gallardo 50 Anniversario models on display in China, all Lamborghini models built this year will wear a special “50th” emblem somewhere in the cockpit. Scroll down for the full press release about how Lamborghini will be celebrating its 50th birthday.

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Report: Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupe concept sketches leaked ahead of Shanghai

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A handful of sketches of the Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupe concept have leaked onto the web ahead of its official debut at the Shanghai Motor Show this week. The sketches show a small crossover from the German brand that could likely rival the Mercedes-Benz GLA that was also revealed this week. The leakage comes courtesy of German magazine Auto Motor und Sport, and follows in the footsteps of the larger, three-row CrossBlue concept that debuted in Detroit earlier this year.

The Coupe, however, will likely ditch the CrossBlue’s third row of seats, and if the larger Volkswagen concept is supposed to hint at the next-generation Touareg, perhaps this smaller, swoopier concept is our first look at the smaller Tiguan successor. All we know is that it’s based on Volkswagen’s flexible MQB small car architecture, and a lot of its elements could work its way across the VW lineup in the future.

Under the hood is reported to be a turbocharged V6 paired with two electric motors, good for a combined output of 409 horsepower. The CrossBlue Coupe concept can apparently sprint to 62 miles per hour in just 5.9 seconds, has an all-electric range of about 20 miles, and will reportedly achieve 78 miles per gallon in the US. Impressive.

We’ll have more details on the CrossBlue Coupe concept later this week, so stay tuned for all the official goods, as well as live impressions direct from Shanghai.

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Official: Mercedes-Benz Concept GLA gets official ahead of Shanghai

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Mercedes-Benz has something special planned for the Shanghai Motor Show – a new CUV concept that we first saw when it leaked on the internet yesterday. The GLA Concept compact crossover will hit the show stand with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque mated to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission and 4Matic all-wheel drive, and likely previews a new production model that we’ve already spotted testing.

That’s not news, but the laser-based headlamps with video-projecting capability certainly are. Mercedes-Benz says the array can project any image or video onto a screen, which is handy since there are a pair of HD cameras mounted to the roof rack. The cameras can be removed and taken with you on all sorts of adventures. The lamps also feature a visible cooling system comprised of a series of fans, and the system helps give the headlights their “sparkle” effect.

Step indoors and the GLA offers up the interior of a high-quality crossover, complete with contrasting leather and plenty of aluminum. The automaker says the cabin was inspired by saddle craftsmanship with “more than 65 feet of hand-stitched seams to hold the raw edges of the leather together.”

You can check out the full press release below for more information, and stay tuned for live photos direct from Shanghai later this week.

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