We hope that you are all as excited as we are about this year’s Beijing Motor Show! It is currently running at the Beijing China International Exhibition Centre and kicked off yesterday. We weren’t lucky enough to go ourselves, but if you are there please tweet us your photos or share them with us on our Facebook page as we would love to see them!
There have been some exciting concept cars revealed already, so we are going to give you a quick rundown of what has been happening so far. It is one of the most important events in the motoring calendar due to the fact that China plays such a huge part in the car market and increasingly in many other markets too. Here are just some of the new and exciting models that have been announced:
Volkswagen has released a new concept car: the Volkswagen Golf R 400. This has been created to mark 40 years since the first VW Golf was released and Volkswagen is stating that this new vehicle “reflects the sports potential of the model series”. The engine is the same as the one featured in the TSI model, although it has been heavily modified and now has between 395bhp and 450bhp of torque in the 2.0 litre engine.
Volkswagen has also unveiled their new look for their VW Touareg at the show. There have been some subtle changes to the interior as well as the exterior, and it has been updated with brand new technology. The changes in the bodywork includes a reshaped bumper at the front and the back as well as a new headlight design. It has been confirmed that the new and improved Touareg will go on sale in August this year.
On top of their new vehicles, Volkswagen is also planning on creating a budget brand so that they can enter the Chinese market in the near future, so watch this space!
Hyundai also made an appearance at the Beijing Motor Show, where they revealed their new SUV the Hyundai ix25 which will be a compact SUV. This model is expected to go on sale later on this year, however it will only be available for the Chinese market. Hopefully, if it proves popular there we may see the ix25 on the UK’s shores in the future!
Audi have released their Q4 concept car which has also been named the Audi TT Off-road Concept. The design stems from their traditional SUV design but this vehicle features some of the sportier elements that are featured in the recently unveiled TT. The vehicle has been set up with 2+2 seating with the seats at the back given folding capabilities. The controls in the vehicle are at the wheel which Audi believes gives the vehicle a more driver-orientated experience; as a result the dash looks cleaner too.
Also at the show are Lexus, who unveiled the Lexus NX which is going to be new competition for the Audi Q5 and the Range Rover Evoque. It has been based on the LF-NX concept that was revealed at the motor shows in Frankfurt and Tokyo. The vehicle will become available in three powertrains which will include a hybrid version. The Lexus keeps the spindle grille and split headlights although it’s slightly more subdued than other models. It has been designed to fit just below the next model in Lexus’ line up which is the next-generation RX. If you want to purchase the new vehicle from Lexus you will have to wait until autumn and empty your bank account of £30,000 plus the costs of car insurance and tax.
Bentley showed off their hybrid concept which will officially be launched in 2017 in their SUV range, and then potentially across all ranges. There hasn’t been a huge amount of details from Bentley regarding the amount of CO2 emissions that will be saved, but rumour has it that it will be around the 70 per cent mark.
Last in our roundup is Bugatti who featured their penultimate special edition Veyron. They have named it ‘Black Bess’ which is a name from their past as their Type 18 in 1913 was also named Black Bess. It was originally owned by Roland Garros who was a French aviation pioneer. The special edition Bugatti has a carbon fibre body which has been painted black with some gold detailing. This again echo’s a similar style to that of the Type 18 all those years ago.
Even though you may not have been able to attend the Beijing Motor Show this year, we hope we have given you a taste of what has been happening so far! What new models excite you the most? Let us know in the comments section below!
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