The big auto event this month is the 16th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition, which only takes place every two years. Press Day takes place on 20 April and the show is open to the public from 22 to 29 April.
The organisers have announced that this year children will not be allowed entrance and models/show girls are banned. Apparently children are barred due to security measures, what these are hasn’t been specified. The government warned auto manufacturers earlier in the year that only appropriately dressed ‘senior sales consultants’ would be allowed to attend instead of show girls. Following the Beijing Motor Show last year when very scantily clad young ladies were present the Capital Ethics Development Office admonished the organiser for “such vulgar publicity” and said that it created “a negative social impact”. Ok, that’s the gossip but what about the cars? What can we expect to see at the Shanghai Motor Show?
Nissan have put out a teaser for the Lannia production version of the Maxima. Two years ago Nissan unveiled the Friend ME concept which developed into the Lannia concept in 2014. Nissan are expected to fully reveal the production ready model of the Lannia, a mid size sedan on the first press day on 20 April. The company claims that this is their first ever model designed for China’s youth and is likely to be available only in China. However, their previous chief product planning officer has said that the car has global appeal.
Audi are believed to be unveiling a third Prologue concept car in the form of a high riding Allroad variant. It is believed to share some of the characteristics of the Prologue Avant and Prologue Coupe with a more rugged looking design, increased ground clearance, cladding in certain parts and beefed up bumpers. Audi is also planning to showcase a new plug-in petrol-electric hybrid system in the new second generation Q7.
One of the biggest reveals at the show is expected to be the Citroen Aircross concept car. Although Citroen already entered the SUV market with the C-Crosser but the Aircross is the first Citroen car to feature plug-in hybrid technology. The engine is 218bhp 1.6 litre THP petrol with a 95bhp rear mounted electric motor, fuelled by lithium-ion batteries situated on the rear axle. Combining 70 kW of power and 200 Nm of torque the car is capable of 31 miles of electric driving and can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds. Fuel efficiency is driven (literally) by CO2 emissions of only 39g/km and 166 mpg economy.
The exterior is inspired by the C4 Cactus (floating roof bars) and is similar in size to the Hyundai Santa Fe. Initial pictures show that the orange red car has a horizontal emphasis and Citroen design elements such as the two tier light structure and chevron design at the front end. A sloping roofline gives a sporty edge and the high waistline helps exaggerate the car’s proportions. Inside the seats have a cocoon like feel and are inspired by furniture design and centered around occupant comfort. Two 12 inch HD touchscreens transmit driving data and allow passengers to watch films or internet based apps. Clever innovative storage cubbies are used in the dashboard, door panels and a huge centre console runs through the interior. Citroen say that they intend to sell the Aircross globally and that it “illustrates the brand’s international ambitions”. All in all it looks like the Shanghai Motor Show 2015 will be very exciting!