World debuts have been scheduled for the Chevrolet Malibu and Volkswagen Beetle at the Shanghai auto show, which opens April 19.
General Motors plans to introduce the redesigned 2013 Chevrolet Malibu sedan in Shanghai as part of its plan to move the brand upscale in China.
The Malibu will be a true world car, built in the United States and China and sold in nearly 100 countries.
GM says the Malibu will be powered by a four-cylinder engine teamed with a six-speed transmission. GM has not offered details, but AutoWeek, a sister publication of Automotive News, reports that the Malibu will be powered by a 2.4-liter or a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine.
AutoWeek adds that the Malibu is expected to share a version of the Buick Regal's underpinnings, which come from European division Opel.
Meanwhile, Shanghai GM has announced plans to introduce the Buick Envision concept SUV in Shanghai.
The Envision, a plug-in hybrid, was designed by GM's Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center in Shanghai. GM says the sleek concept "projects the future of Buick products."
It's not clear whether the compact SUV will ever go on sale in the United States. But the Envision offers evidence that Buick's future will be mapped out in Shanghai, not Detroit.
Volkswagen's redesigned 2012 Beetle will be a bit larger and roomier than its predecessor. VW has not yet released details about the car, but photos indicate that the vehicle's distinctive curved roof has been flattened.
Media reports say the redesigned Beetle is 3.5 inches longer than its predecessor, with a roomier passenger compartment. The car will arrive in U.S. showrooms this fall.