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Shanghai

Audi is launching a plug-in hybrid version of the long-wheelbase A6 L it makes in China, pairing a 2.0-liter turbo four to an electric motor. It bows at the Shanghai Auto Show exclusively for the Chinese market.

There were some major debuts at this year's Beijing Auto Show, offering a peek into the future of automotive design and technology. Here are some of our favorites.

Beijing

Audi has finally spread its plug-in hybrid technology to the A6 L. The German automaker unveiled the A6 L e-Tron technology study on Monday at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show, complete with an all-electric driving range of nearly 50 miles at 37 mph. Liquid-cooled lithium-ion batteries power the 95-horsepower electric motor, though a 211-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder can step in at any time for more acceleration or additional range. The A6 L e-tron can operate in fully-electric, hybrid or g