The biggest Asian motor show of the year – the Shanghai motor show – has produced a lot of new metal and given us a look at what cars to expect over the next few years.
Many of the cars were China-only reveals, but the European cars which made their respective debuts will be big-hitters once they hit the roads on this continent.
Jim Holder – Mercedes-Benz A Saloon concept
When cars look this good, it’s little wonder that they’ll sell. And, with Mercedes-Benz enjoying a long tradition of turning concepts into near-unchanged production cars, there’s little doubt the A-Class saloon will sell.
Sure, this praise is delivered with the faint fear that – like many of Mercedes’ small cars – it won’t be dynamically on a par with its rivals, but even the cynics have to acknowledge the designers’ work in making the firm’s cars ultra-desirable.
Mark Tisshaw – MG E-Motion concept
There’s nothing traditional about the MG E-Motion EV, save for those classic British sports car proportions. The design details will inevitably get toned down for production, but if those proportions remain, MG will have a worthy sports car for the 21st century before you even get to the electric powertrain.
Rachel Burgess – Volkswagen ID Crozz
Volkswagen’s rapid roll-out of ID electric concepts since Paris motor show last September has been rapid. While the ID Buzz microbus concept is the most quirky of the three already seen, this SUV is my favourite so far.
Its design, particularly the rear end, makes it more original than similar concepts from its VW Group siblings. Let’s just hope it’s not too dumbed down for production.