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  • 2009 Shanghai Motor Show Begins

    Posted on April 20th, 2009 jdantzig

    Chinese market growth attracts Automakers’ debuts and green initiatives

    By Jol Dantzig

    Porsche Panamera World Premier

    Porsche Panamera World Premier

    Record numbers of automakers have come to China to participate in the Shaghai Motor Show which opened today, Monday April 20th. Despite the financial turndown around the globe, China remains a strong market for cars, showing an increase of 5% in March. The rise in sales is across all ranges and accordingly displays of major and minor brands included luxury, exotic and increasingly more hybrid and alternative fueled vehicles as well.

    As if to underscore the importance of this show, Porsche chose Shanghai for the world launch of the Panamera, the maker’s first-ever four-door sedan. Porsche is also promising a hybrid version in the near future. Hybrids from Toyota, Honda and Nissan are featured prominently along with Ford’s Fusion and eco-friendly Iosis MAX concept. Similarly, Mercedes Benz is highlighting their new C Class with Bluetec Diesel technology.

    Clearly, the emphasis on green engineering for China and the rest of the world is on display in Shaghai. How soon we see all of these ideas here in the US may depend upon their reception overseas.

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