Five Cool Cars That Debuted In Shanghai
Every automaker doing business anywhere in the world wants a piece of the massive Chinese market. Not only do Chinese buyers snatch up more cars every year than anywhere else in the world, it's only expected to continue growing as more people buy their first cars and as current owners look to replace their previous vehicles.
With that in mind, it's not surprising that automakers are concentrating their efforts on new model debuts in China. Thing is, some of the cars being developed specifically for the Chinese market are pretty cool, and they won't necessarily make it to the United States, which is a shame.
Take a look at five cars that were debuted at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show, and be sure to click on the links to read more about each one if you're wondering if they will ever make it Stateside.
Buick VeranoClick here for our full coverage of the Buick Verano from the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show. Here's what Buick has to say about the Chinese debut of its premium compact sedan.
Design inspired by Buick Riviera and Avenir concept cars
The Verano was inspired by the new Buick Riviera concept car, which premiered in 2013, and captures the design essence of the Buick Avenir concept car, which debuted at this year's North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It represents an innovative interpretation of Buick's classic styling while exemplifying the elegance and dynamism of Buick's new-generation products.
The Verano features Buick's signature waterfall grille, which is complemented by Avenir-style wing-shaped HID xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights. The wing shape is embodied in the LED taillights as well.
Positioned at a steep angle, the windshield joins the fastback roof and streamlined C-pillar curves. This gives the body a longer look that adds to its dynamic yet elegant aura. The Verano's double-sweep beltline is characteristic of Buick sedans. The bottom curves that run through the front and rear end, together with cambered lower panels, set off the Verano's sculpted silhouette. Impressive 17-inch, 10-spoke aluminum rims and dual integrated inset exhausts add to the stylish look.
Efficient performance and precise handling
Powering the Verano is a 1.5T SIDI turbocharged engine, which is the most powerful member of GM's latest-generation Ecotec engine family. It is paired with a new-generation seven-speed DCG transmission with smooth gear shifting that has been adapted for China. The transmission was put through 4.25 million kilometers of extreme road testing.
The Verano offers peak power of 124 kW at 5,600 rpm and peak torque of 250 Nm at 1,700-4,400 rpm. With the standard start-stop function and a class-leading wind drag coefficient as low as 0.27, the Verano's combined fuel consumption is 6.1L/100 km – a new benchmark for its class.
Underpinning the Verano is a newly optimized chassis that has been tuned in line with China's road conditions to ensure precise handling and an exhilarating experience. Continental MC5 225/45 R17 sports tires with low rolling resistance offer outstanding noise reduction, high precision and a strong grip.
Acceleration of Buick's mid-range passenger car strategy
The Verano is the latest entry from Buick to address the diverse demands of customers in China's mid-range passenger car segment. It joins the all-new Excelle GT, which was launched earlier this year, and the Excelle – regarded as the "family car benchmark."
Buick is China's fastest-growing mainstream upper-medium passenger car brand. More than 6 million Buicks have been sold nationwide since its first domestically produced sedan reached the market in 1998.
Introducing a new premium sedan for discerning Chinese business customers, Ford today unveiled the new Ford Taurus at a special event in Shanghai. Designed especially to meet the needs of the Chinese market, the vehicle brings the historic Taurus nameplate to China for the first time.
"The Ford Taurus we're introducing today shows the amazing strength and flexibility of our One Ford plan," said John Lawler, chairman and CEO, Ford China. "It combines the best of our global product development and large-car expertise with a clear understanding of what Chinese customers in this segment want."
Ford made full use of its global design and development resources to create the Taurus. Early in the design process, designers and engineers from around the world immersed themselves in China to gain a deeper understanding of the market and key cultural factors influencing design and vehicle preferences. In-depth research of target customers – accomplished, respected professionals – helped to fine-tune design and engineering targets to create an exceptional new vehicle.
"The Ford Taurus was created for highly sophisticated consumers in China who need an equally sophisticated vehicle for both business and personal use," said Marin Burela, president, Changan Ford Automobile Co. "With a powerful, confident and inviting design, a spacious and elegant interior, impeccable craftsmanship, compelling performance and advanced technology, the Ford Taurus makes no compromises as an innovative flagship sedan."
Click here for our full coverage of the Nissan Lannia from the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show. Here's what Nissan has to say about the Chinese debut of its youth-oriented sedan.
Two years ago in Shanghai, Nissan introduced the Friend-Me Concept, followed by the Lannia Concept in 2014 at the Beijing Motor Show, and Lannia is the tangible expression of the company's commitment to China.
Building on Nissan's longstanding success in the sedan market, it's the first product developed and designed for young Chinese generations, especially those in their 20s and 30s, seen as the nation's trendsetters.
"Edging forward is not enough. The market in China is moving very fast, especially with the post-1980s generation," says Titus Liu, Creative Design Manager at Nissan Design China.
"They do not want to stick with the status quo, so we are dedicated to finding the next great breakthrough. This is important for us."
Design and development was led by Nissan Design China, backed by the Nissan Global Design Center. Lannia's styling speaks to rising Chinese who want to set themselves apart as both edgy and sophisticated, resulting in a stylish new look for a sedan that goes against conventions.
Nissan Murano Hybrid
Click here for our full coverage of the Nissan Murano Hybrid from the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show. Here's what Nissan has to say about the Chinese debut of its hybrid crossover.
This hybrid version of Nissan flagship crossovers will strengthen Nissan's pioneering efforts to bring more sustainable mobility options to China and to enhance SUV offerings in the country.
Murano has the comfort and luxury for which it's earned numerous accolades through the years. It offers bold and exciting exterior design with energetic styling, as well as an upscale, stimulating and spacious interior. The new Murano adds performance and efficiency from the hybrid system, making it more valuable in its distinctive character of innovation and high quality.
Murano Hybrid is equipped with the new supercharged QR25DER gasoline engine and an electric motor paired with a compact Lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery efficiently controlled by the Nissan Intelligent Dual Clutch System (one motor/two clutch parallel system) which assists a torque with good response at low speed and a supercharger that can generate a high output power with excellent acceleration. It delivers a powerful driving performance equivalent to V6-3.5L engine and offer superior fuel economy similar to the 2.0L engine.
The new Murano Hybrid will be on sale this summer in China.
Volvo XC90 Excellence
Click here for our full coverage of the Volvo XC90 Excellence Concept from the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show. Here's what Nissan has to say about the Chinese debut of its super luxurious four-passenger crossover.
Volvo Cars will unveil the most luxurious vehicle ever built by the Swedish company in its 88 year history at the Shanghai International Automobile Show – an elegant and refined four-seat version of its recently launched XC90.
The XC90 Excellence has been crafted by Volvo's designers and engineers to offer customers a distinct and individual automotive experience that incorporates the latest Scandinavian innovations in design, refinement, comfort and style.
The XC90 Excellence is based on Volvo's all new XC90 sports utility vehicle, but the similarity ends there. The XC90 Excellence has just four seats compared to the original's seven, creating an enormous amount of additional space for rear seat passengers that helps to deliver an exceptional customer experience.
This space is utilised to offer a First Class automotive experience that begins with broad, spacious individual reclining rear seats complete with massage, ventilation and increased leg room, as well as a retractable control touchscreen, folding tables, a refrigerator with bottle and glass holders, a heating/cooling cup holder and handmade crystal glasses from leading Swedish glass design company, Orrefors.
"This is our new flagship car," said Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President, Design. "We have created the ultimate luxury experience of Scandinavian design. Volvo has never launched a car like this before. This is the car that demonstrates what the name Volvo now means."
The XC90 Excellence offers its passengers footrests, ambient lighting, illuminated storage and unique leather detailing in blond or charcoal, a luggage compartment dividing screen, additional sound insulation in the cabin and Pirelli Noise Cancelling System tyres (PNCS).
XC90 Excellence passengers will also enjoy a specially-augmented Bowers & Wilkins audio system that adds an extra speaker to its 19 speaker system, resulting in unrivalled high fidelity sound reproduction and surround effect in the rear seats.
"What we have designed is amongst the best rear seat experiences available in a luxury car," said Mr Ingenlath. "The result is a superlative environment for relaxed comfort or doing business."