The Shanghai Motor Show is one of the most important motor shows of the year, especially as China currently has a booming car market that is greatly influencing the decisions of car manufacturers and others businesses that work in the motor industry. Now, Top Gear presenter and car enthusiast Richard Hammond has chosen his top cars from the show, and has even gone so far to say that “companies such as Bentley would be in serious trouble if it weren’t for China, because that’s where the growth is coming from. Chinese entrepreneurs are mad for posh motors, especially, ¬thankfully, if they come from the UK.”
Hammond’s first pick is the Lamborghini Aventador LP 720-50, which has a 6.5 litre, V12 engine like its predecessor the Aventador, however this version also boasts an extra 17hbp. The new Aventador also comes with its own bespoke body kit in yellow, which the manufacturer chose because this year is its 50 year anniversary and within the past 50 years the most popular colour for Lamborghini’s was yellow. Next up is the Citroen DS Wild Buris, which the manufacturer is currently only planning on selling in China, especially due to the fact that mid-sized and SUVs are becoming increasingly popular in the country right now. However, according to Hammond, “Citroen would be mad to build this car and then fail to sell it across the SUV-hungry EU,” so fingers crossed the company will change their mind sometime soon!
Out of all the models made by Chinese manufacturers, Hammond’s favourite was the Hawtai Motor E70, which is a saloon model that will become available in Europe next year along with the bigger B11 model as soon as they adhere to European emissions regulations. Another saloon which Hammond chose was the Audi A3 Saloon, which according to Hammon is “based on the A3 Sportback and is virtually identical apart from having a boot instead of a hatch.” Audi is also planning on offering two versions of the model, one with the traditional Volkswagen engine, and the S3 version which will come with 4WD and should be able to go from 0-62mph in less than five seconds.
As our readers can see, the Shanghai Motor Show has boasted some of the most impressive vehicles that will be entering the market over the next few years, and while some may result in some heftier car insurance quotes than others (we’re thinking of the Lamborghini!) we are sure that many of them will prove extremely popular here in the UK.