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Wrapping Up Auto Shanghai 2013 – Suzuki Authentics and Mitsubishi G4

Posted by Stephen On Friday, April 26th, 2013

Now that Auto Shanghai 2013 is coming to a close and all the new cars and concepts are bordering on old news, we’re going to wrap up our coverage today by tying up loose ends. If you look back at our Auto Shanghai Preview Primer published last week, you’ll see that we still haven’t discussed the Mitsubishi Concept G4 or the Suzuki Authentics Concept. So, those new cars are what we’ll cover today.

Suzuki Authentics Concept

Suzuki unveiled their sleek new Authentics Concept at Auto Shanghai with a flashy press conference, complete with dancers and metallic, color-matching sheets. We’d already discussed this car before it was unveiled, anticipating a fairly standard sedan with nothing too impressive about it. However, now that we’ve seen the full design I have to say that my expectations are surpassed. The Authentics Concept makes me feel like “standard” isn’t such a bad place to be – the design is elegant, classy and more refined than the over-the-top concepts put forth by other Japanese automakers in Shanghai.

A little more information about the Authentics Concept… It’s officially confirmed for production by the end of next year, and will likely feature powertrain arrangements similar to the new SX4. You can watch a video for the Authentics below:

Speaking of the new SX4, we’d seen the new second-generation version last month in Geneva, but Suzuki also unveiled a refreshed first-generation model that will continue to be sold in China along with the new one.

Mitsubishi Concept G4

Unfortunately, the reveal of the Mitsubishi Concept G4 left me feeling much less fulfilled. I had low expectations for the Mirage-based sedan, and they were wholly unsurpassed. Although, I have to say that I like this car more than I like the Mirage… I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing, though.

Now, looking at the G4 Concept we’ve seen at Auto Shanghai, you may be saying, “Hey, this isn’t that bad, look at all those cool lines and lights!” But, remember that this is a concept… The production model will be much more drab. Just like with the actual Mirage, the only possible upside of the G4 is fuel efficiency and a very low price.

Perhaps most aggravating to me is the sheer pointlessness of the Mitsubishi Concept G4. I just don’t see a good reason for this car to exist. Mitsubishi is a struggling brand; they need something new and exciting and, most importantly, profitable if they want to stand a chance. Targeting bottom-of-the-barrel drivers with these bare-bones, profitless vehicles just doesn’t make sense to me. Sure, they’ll sell, but they won’t make money.

Either way, that wraps up our coverage for Auto Shanghai 2013. There were several cars that we didn’t get to cover like the new Infiniti QX50, but you can only cover so much with one blog post per day. Considering that Toyota alone brought 50+ vehicles, I feel pretty good about what we got through.

Thanks for reading and come back next week for more Japan car news!

Sources: World Car Fans 1 & 2, Autoblog

Nissan and Suzuki Debuting New Concepts for the Chinese Market in Shanghai

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

What better way to follow up our coverage of the 2013 New York Motor Show than by turning our attention to the upcoming Auto Shanghai 2013? Doors open to the press on April 20, so over the next few weeks I’m sure we’ll get at least a couple more interesting previews. In the meantime, let’s talk about two new Japanese cars we already know are headed for Shanghai.

Nissan Friend-ME Concept

Nissan is looking to expand their presence in the Chinese market with a brand-new concept called Friend-ME. Nissan’s hook for the new concept is, “Four seats, one mind connectivity”. What does that mean? You’re just as lost as we are. All Nissan tells us is that the Friend-ME will enable information sharing between all vehicle occupants via a “unique center console”.

Nissan FriendMe Concept Car

Will you be able to access Facebook while on the road and “friend” other drivers? That’s only a wild guess, but it’s the best we could come up with from the name.

In the press release, Nissan also made a point to highlight that the Friend-ME concept is the first car to receive “key input by Chinese designers” through Nissan Design China. The car is apparently intended to cater to the “vibrant, young generation in China, one of the most exciting segments in the fastest-growing automobile market in the world.”

Other than the hook and the design source, we really don’t know anything about the Friend-ME concept. Nissan has only given us a vague image showing nothing more than a heavily darkened front clip with illuminated headlights and Nissan marquee.

In addition to the Friend-ME, we know that Nissan will also be bringing their GT-R, Murano and Teana vehicles to Shanghai, all to be shown in their new immersive display booth.

Suzuki Authentics Concept

Suzuki is also looking to expand their market presence in China, albeit with a more traditional vehicle. Instead of any fancy new information technology, Suzuki is simply catering to the most popular automobile segment in China with a compact sedan.

The hook for Suzuki’s new Authentics sedan concept is “Sporty x Elegant”. As you can tell from both the darkened teaser image and the accompanying press release, the Authentics Concept will feature a lengthy wheelbase with a low roof line, along with an ever-so-subtle rising belt line and a slight rear spoiler. Some sources guess that this is intended as a sedan-version of the SX4 crossover. Other than that, we don’t know much.

For any bikers among you, Suzuki is also premiering a new GW250S motorcycle, which will make it into Japan and Europe after being unleashed in China. The GW250S will apparently offer better wind protection with a sportier design.

Between the two concepts, I’m both more skeptical and more curious about Nissan’s Friend-ME. Suzuki’s Authentics looks like a fine car, but it’ll need to do something special to succeed. Either way, we’ll know more in about 3 weeks, so stay tuned for further updates.

Thanks for reading!

Sources: Autoblog, Autoblog