Shanghai Motor Show 2015: news round-up

Once a year the city of Shanghai plays host to one of the largest new car shows on the planet, and the 16th year was no different. China’s most popular motor show opened to press yesterday, and our reporters were out there to get to capture the latest new metal.

Once a small player in the extensive list of international motor shows, Shanghai has grown to significance over the last few years as the Chinese car market booms. It means car companies from around the world are investing billions into models that will only be sold on the Asian continent.

Chinese copycat cars

Our top journalists headed out to China to get up close and personal with these new models, as well as speaking to the designers and company executives to get the lowdown of concepts and cars that might head to the UK.

The likes of Mercedes, BMW, Citroen and Volvo have all shown new production or concept cars at the 2015 event, while McLaren‘s presence underlines the importance of the show even to specialist manufacturers.  

There was plenty of activity from other well-known car brands too with Lexus, Ford, Nissan and others in attendance showed models that we’ve either seen before or that are not destined for the UK.   

Of course, China has a thriving domestic car manufacturing industry and naturally, a large part of the Shanghai Motor Show is given over to the latest models from Chinese brands like BYD, Changan and Jiangling, but home-grown Qoros has plans to make the leap over to Europe soon.

 As always, the Auto Express team reported live on the best, most relevant and oddest exhibits, full details of which can be found below…

Key cars at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show

Top news stories from Shanghai Motor Show 2015

Shanghai Motor Show 2015: manufacturers A to Z

Audi Prologue Allroad concept