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Thursday, May 2, 2013

10 Concept Cars from the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show (Part-1)

Although preparations disrupted by the outbreak of bird flu issue, but the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show organizers remain optimistic about achieving success in the automotive exhibition held at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) from April 20 until 29, 2013.

Although organizers gave assurances that the exhibition free of the virus, it still concerns that arise. For the success of this event, local authorities have destroyed tens of thousands of birds, as well as pigeons in city parks and other crowded places, such as released by ChinaAutoweb, on Friday (04/12/2013).

This condition is reminiscent of the year 2003. At that time, the H5N1 virus took the world, killing over 300 people in the world. Even the exhibit closed two days ahead of schedule. Even in the first three days few come, all wearing masks. Event gray makes manufacturers exhibitors loss. While in the past two years, the Shanghai Motor Show a tremendous success with the visitors to reach 7 million people.

In spite of all the limitations, the show must goes on. A row of new cars have been preparing for a successful title that started the 1985. Even some manufacturers proudly ready to show car concept.

This time we will discuss the five-car concept that the three of them coming from Japanese manufacturers, represented by Honda, Nissan, and Suzuki, then MG from the UK and Haval H2 new concept that produced in China. Here there are,


10. HAVAL H2 CONCEPT
While China as the hosts through Great Wall Motor will introduce a new concept car, the Haval H2. By carrying a small SUV models by having a long dimension of 4.5 meters, then use the 1.5 liter engine, 4-cylinder is paired with a 5-speed transmission that can generate power of 105 hp and torque of 138 Nm.
Haval H2 Concept on 2013 Shanghai Auto Show. (Picture from: http://forums.fourtitude.com/)
The car is expected to look almost the same when it goes into production and the only bit that might not be seen in the production spec car could be the colour change for the roof. The front fascia of the H2 concept has the Haval family look and comes with a big chrome grill that extends all the way into the front bumper. The car gets stylish headlamps that feature LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs). The car also gets DRLs below the foglamp units.

9. HONDA AND ACURA CONCEPT
Honda and Acura will show off two concept cars at Shanghai. From the two sketches released by Honda, it looks like both cars have the same base. The Acura Concept SUV-X is the concept of a stylish crossover SUV. And Honda Concept M definitely looks like a minivan, albeit one designed by the same person who designed the talking robots for Michael Bay’s Transformers movies.
Acura Concept SUV-X. (Picture from: http://www.digitaltrends.com/)
Although it’s yet another compact crossover, Acura’s Concept SUV-X may furrow a few brows with its adventurous styling. Perhaps of more note is the fact that it will be Acura’s first concept debut outside North America. This is a model designed for a growing Chinese market; Acura said in a release that the production model would be built and sold there within the next three years.
The minivan, Honda Concept M. (Picture from: http://blog.caranddriver.com/)
This mini-minivan is another model aimed straight at the Chinese market. Although its front fascia makes it look like it may want to eat your children, Honda said in a release that it planned to bring a production version of the multi-purpose vehicle to Chinese showrooms next year. Even if it does look a little sinister to be courting family-minded buyers, Honda says it designed the Concept M for maximized interior space and driving fun.


8. MG CS CONCEPT
While the British car manufacturer, MG Automobile ready to introduce MG Concept CS. as a small SUV for the urban. This model will use the platform and using MG5 turbocharged four-cylinder 1.5-liter engine with 135 HP power. As reported by autoevolution, Tuesday (04/16/2013).
MG teases CS SUV Concept ahead of 2013 Shanghai Auto Show. (PIcture from: https://www.autoweek.com/)
MG model concept promises that this will create a sensation among young people thanks to the distinctive style of sporty and youthful appearance. MG Design CS directly under the control of MG Global Design Director, Anthony Williams-Kenny.
Right rear angle of MG CS SUV Concept. (Picture from: http://wot.motortrend.com/)
Like other vehicles in the genre, the CS concept is fat-faced and short-bodied, with big wheels and not without some degree of attractiveness. Other than the familiar octagonal MG emblem, not too much about the car is recognizably British. But it isn’t a bad looking car, and it will be interesting to see what it’s made of when MG’s parent company, SAIC, announces the CS concept’s mechanical specifications — and whether or not it will be brought to production.

7. SUZUKI AUTHENTICS
Other concept cars that will be shown is the Suzuki Authentics. Present in the C-segment sedan that reflects Sporty Elegant design philosophy. As a result, Suzuki sedan Authentics Concept comes with a dynamic design with a sloping roofline. The back of the car looks elegant with LED lights, chrome, and a pair of trapezoidal exhaust pipes.
Suzuki Authentics concept. (Picture from: http://www.profi-forex.org/)
Regardless, Suzuki says that the Authentics concept previews a C-segment vehicle for the Chinese market. A good move, too, since that segment has the highest volume in the Chinese market. The Authentics is a four-door study for the most popular category in China, the C-segment (compact) sedan class with entries like the VW Lavida and Ford Focus.

Suzuki didn't release any other information on the concept study, but it did confirm that a production model based on the Authentics will be produced and distributed in China by its Chongqing Changan Suzuki Automobile Co. joint venture before the end of next year.


6. NISSAN FRIEND-ME
The Japanese automaker Nissan has unveiled its Friend-ME Concept at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show. Designed for "a generation with a very different automotive outlook", the Friend-ME four-passenger sedan targets the Chinese youth in their mid-twenties, althought Nissan suggest the concept could be seen in other markets as well.
Nissan Friend-ME. (Picture from: http://www.autoevolution.com/)
Developed by Nissan Design China, the sedan was shaped with both edgy and flowing lines in mind, and while the design is one the company should be proud of, the main attraction of the car is in the cabin, where the four separate seats share the same technology. This means that each passenger has access to all the information as the driver, including navigation, music or speed, thanks to an "oracle-stone" console.
Dashboard and front interior of Nissan Friend-ME. (Picture from: http://www.autoevolution.com/)
Nissan Friend-ME is designed and developed specifically to target young people who are active and vibrant. Segment of young people today has become one of the largest segment of the market. Nissan seems more serious youth segment by presenting a concept car Friend-ME. (Jump to the second part.)*** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CAR AND DRIVER | AUTOEVOLUTION | DIH | PIKIRAN RAKYAT 19042013]
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