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Audi TT Offroad concept front

We pick our top 5 highlights from the 2014 Beijing Motor Show

2014-04-20 11:15

The Beijing Motor Show is a bizarre mix of ultra-expensive luxury cars, mainstream motors with global appeal, locally produced vehicles that are improving in standard and some very shoddy low-end Chinese models. But there were some real highlights – and deputy editor Graham Hope and deputy news editor Luke Madden pick out their five favourite show stars...

Volkswagen Golf R 400

Volkswagen Golf R 400 front show

What's not to like about a Golf with 395bhp and capable of 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds? It looked powerful and purposeful without appearing cartoonish, and although officially not for production there seems a strong chance it will make showrooms.

Audi TT Offroad Concept

Audi TT Offroad concept front

A TT on stilts? The idea of a TT SUV would have been laughed out of court a few years ago, but now coupe-SUVs are the height of fashion, it makes perfect sense. Almost certain to make production and plug-in hybrid tech gives it 149mpg potential and 0-62mph in 5.1 seconds.

Mercedes Concept Coupe

Another coupe-SUV, following on from the unexpected success of the BMW X6. This will make also make showrooms – likely badged MLC – and is based on the M-Class platform. Promises to be much more fun to drive than the M-Class, though, backing up its sporty profile.

Lexus NX

A bona fide world debut of a showroom-ready car. The NX concepts have divided opinion, and there were some showgoers still unconvinced by its unique styling but we liked it. Lexus has adopted a strategy of being bold rather than fading into the background, and is all the better for it.

BMW Future Vision Luxury

BMW Future Vision Concept Beijing

Does exactly what it says on the tin. With a name like that there is no mistaking what this BMW is all about. Aluminium and carbon construction is likely to make it on to next 7 Series, while an array of exciting gadgets preview a hi-tech future from the German brand.

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Graham Hope Luke Madden

Infiniti's 552bhp super-saloon, the Q50 Eau Rouge, will become production reality says insider at Beijing Motor Show

2014-04-20 10:50

Infiniti's Q50 Eau Rouge concept looks likely to get the go-ahead for production.

A company insider told Auto Express at the Beijing Motor Show that momentum is gathering for the 552bhp performance saloon.

“At this stage it would take more to stop the car getting made than to start things,” we were told. “There is a real buzz about it.”

The company recently released a video of the Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel testing the car at Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire. Vettel is playing a key role in developing the Eau Rouge.

Meanwhile, design director Alfonso Albaisa says if it does get the go-ahead, it would do so virtually unchanged in terms of styling. “Why would we change anything? This is not a show car,” he said.

Despite the Eau Rouge name, Albaisa says the car would be available in other colours.

But Albaisa says that the blood red of the concept could become a signature colour for Infiniti performance models. “It has a menace, a sinisterness to it that I like,” he said.

Infiniti Eau Rouge: Sebastian Vettel video 

Infiniti has also released the full length version of a video showing its Director of Performance, Sebastian Vettel, testing a Q50 Eau Rouge prototype.

Read all the latest from the 2014 Beijing Motor Show by clicking here.

Graham Hope
Safety watchdogs at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and Consumer Reports magazine had an outsize effect on the cars unveiled at the New York auto show last week.
Ford's Lincoln, rooted as an American brand by its name and presidential limousines, took a step toward becoming global today by unveiling a car in China.
Cadillac last year began billing itself as the industry's "fastest-growing full-line luxury brand." It was a short-lived distinction.

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