Brilliance BS4 Wagon – Click above for high-res image gallery
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With China assuming the mantle of the world's largest automotive market, China's domestic auto shows gain more importance as its products are increasingly being sold internationally. The Shanghai Auto Show opening on the 22nd of April is no exception and one of the reveals we'll be looking for is a new electric model by Brilliance Auto. Not a lot of details are known about the vehicle except that it is smaller than its popular Junjie (
Pininfarina is making its voice heard designs seen in China, with 30-percent of the company's business now being done with the Asian nation. At this month's Beijing Motor Show, two Chinese automakers will reveal three models designed and, in some cases, engineered by the Italian firm. What's more, all of the cars are meant to be sold in the European market, as well.
For the past decade or so, China has been looked upon by the automotive industry as something approaching a gold rush in waiting, with millions of units ripe for the selling. That may yet be true, but it's hard to reconcile that with the notion that China overbuilt to the tune of two million excess vehicles last year, and plans are in the works for about eight million more units. This, according to the country's National Development and Reform Commission.
The United States may be a little wary of China's Geely Automobile Holdings, Ltd., but folks in China are all over the automaker, pushing sales March sales up 36.2 percent over last year, with sales of 16,788 units. The manufacturer isn't doing too badly this quarter, either -- Geely dealers pushed a whopping 48,438 units off their lots, a 66.9 percent year-over-year increase.