Blogs from the Shanghai auto show

Why it could be the Volt's time to shine in China

Posted 7:17 am U.S. ET, April 20

MIKE COLIAS:  SHANGHAI -- Since the Chevrolet Volt hit U.S. showrooms in late 2010, it's been dogged by a central question: How can General Motors drive down the plug-in hybrid's cost enough to make it affordable to more people, and eventually turn a profit? I think I know at least part of the answer: Sell a boatload of them in a Chinese market that's fast warming to EVs. GM has sold a miniscule number of Vol ...
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Shanghai show cleans up its act

Posted 6:36 am U.S. ET, April 20
Attire at this year's Shanghai auto show displays is much more conservative than in recent years. (HANS GREIMEL)
HANS GREIMEL:  SHANGHAI -- Automakers in China have once again proved where there’s a will, there’s a way. And this time, they found a way around a much-ballyhooed ban of floor models at this year’s Shanghai auto show. The new code had been foisted upon exhibitors by organizers looking to clean up an image largely associated with plunging necklines, see-through blouses and crowds of camera ner ...
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Super-sized Shanghai more survivable than Frankfurt

Posted 5:22 am U.S. ET, April 20
blogs Luca Ciferri is editor of Automotive News Europe.
The Shanghai auto show’s new home is bigger than the fairgrounds used for the Frankfurt show, but it is less brutal on the body. The recently opened National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai calls itself with world’s largest exhibition complex with 400,000 square meters of covered space. The Messe Frankfurt, home to the biennial Frankfurt show, has 355,678 square meters o ...
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