The girls are leaving, so we say goodbye. This the end of our coverage of the 2012 Beijing Auto Show. It was the biggest so far with over 100 new cars. The show is still going on until May 2, the organization expects to reach a record of 1 million visitors. We wrote a record of 180 articles, hope you enjoyed!
What a machine! This is the China-only Lorinser S70 super sedan, based on the Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG and tuned up to 810hp and 1300nm. Top speed is 330km/h, 0-100 is gone in 3.9 seconds. Booth-persons told me this S70 was a ‘China-only one-off’, painted in a special combination of black and gold for a very wealthy Chinese buyer, prices at 4.5 million yuan, or 716.000 USD.
Everybody has a special Dragon Edition for the Beijing Auto Show so Zotye wanted one too. This is the Zotye Z200, you guessed it, ‘Dragon Edition’. It costs only 1888 yuan more than the standard Z200, which starts at 43.600 yuan. For 1800 yuan you get:
The Nissan Esflow EV concept debuted at last year’s Geneva Auto Show, in silver. Nissan decided for a white paint-job for the 2012 Beijing Auto Show which does the car a lotta good. The Esflow is a two-seat sportscar with the power-train of the Nissan Leaf. Nissan claims a 0-100km in under 5 sec. Production very unlikely.
It was very nice to see this Beijing Auto Works 007 pickup truck at the Beijing Auto Show. The 007 would normally only appear at shows for commercial vehicles in the countryside. The Beijing Auto Works (BAW) 007 pickup is based on the BAW 007 SUV that was launched on the Chinese car market last year. Power comes from a 2.5 liter turbo-diesel with 100kw and 250nm.
The mighty Ssangyong Chairman CW700L was listed on the China car market in February. An interesting move because up until then the large Ssangyong barge was rarely seen outside its home-country South Korea. The new Indian owners from Mahindra clearly want to push the Chairman further from shore. And is there any better place to start than in Chairman-obsessed China?
China’s state controlled media have been criticizing the organization of the 2012 Beijing Auto Show for having too many sexy girls without too many clothes on. They even go so far as saying those practices have a “negative social impact.” Is this the end of the party? Yez, it likely is.
When articles like this start to appear in state media it usually means something is about to change. The central government can simply order organizers to make sure the babes wear something more decent. If they don’t, licenses will be revoked and large fines handed out.
People’s Daily, commonly known as ‘the mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party’ also wrote a very critical article on the girls, titled “Sexy models at auto show spark debate on morality”. To show what they were talking about they published some fine examples with the story.
Next big auto show is in Guangzhou in December, we’ll keep an eye on developments… From Xinhua:
Beijing authorities have issued a “serious reprimand” for an ongoing car exhibition that has stirred controversy for its scantily-clad models.
The Beijing’s Capital Ethics Development Office said on its website that the revealing clothing of some models at the 2012 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition has had a “negative social impact.”
A very nice new concept car from Geely and see how that babe loves it. This is the Geely Emgrand EX6 ‘Super Cross’, a preview of a new small-size SUV that has to hit the Chinese market in 2014 or 2015, the EX6 debuted earlier this week at the Beijing Auto Show. The fat golden grill is perfectly in line with current fashion, spiced up just a but for show. Let’s have a closer look at it:
The new Lifan 720 sedan debuted earlier this week at the Beijing Auto Show. The 720 is Lifan’s new flagship and will hit the China car market later this year. It is not exactly a pretty car but it is big and it will be cheap, price is expected to start around 80.000 yuan.