Stars of the Shanghai motor show

Stars of the Shanghai motor show

The Shanghai motor show may not be as well known as say Geneva or Paris but that doesn't mean it isn't important, or enormous for that matter.

China's car industry is huge and only set to get even bigger so it seems fitting that Shanghai hosts one of the largest (in terms of square feet) motor shows on the planet.
Inside, famous luxury brands known the world over sit beside unpronounceable Chinese marques that will likely mean nothing to us Westerners.

Regardless, it's a cracking place to see some exclusive unveilings and stare in amazement at some of the more questionable models much loved by the Chinese.

This year, Ford revealed that its famous Escort badge will return as a China-only compact saloon some time in the near future. The Ford Escort Concept hopes to tap in to five million compact saloon sales in China each year but we can't help thinking it looks a little bit 'unfinished'.

Maserati also unveiled the BMW 5-Series rivalling Ghibli, while Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen took the opportunity to take the wraps off two interesting SUV concepts – the GLA and Crossblue.

Take a look at some of the show-stoppers below

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BMW X4 Concept: Plugs the gap between the X3 and X4, will appeal to customers who want a particularly sporty SUV. 

Ford Escort Concept: Looks set to be a China-only model that will tap into massive mid-sized saloon market. 

Maserati Ghibli: BMW 5-series rival is an integral part of the Italian firm's plan to sell 50,000 cars worldwide by 2015. V6 petrol engine and luxurious interior bound to attract Chinese customers.  

Mercedes GLA Concept: An Audi Q3 and Range Rover Evoque rival that will likely share engines with the new A-Class. 

Volkswagen Crossblue Concept: A turbocharged V6 coupled with hybrid technology will see this sporty SUV produce 409bhp. No official word on whether it will hit the UK. 

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Now check out the cars that are unlikely to make their way to the UK

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Chery B5

Great Wall Olay

Hongqi Red Flag

Roewe 550

Lifan 320 Crossover

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