We’ve seen plenty of strangely personalized vehicles at the Shanghai auto show this year, but we’re not passing judgement on taste here. We’re just foreigners in a foreign land after all. But there was one car that had so much aftermarket adendum attached to it that it looked like something out of a lowrider show, not than something you’d find on the major international show circuit.
That car was this FRV Cross, which Chinese automaker Brilliance chose to exhibit at the Shanghai show. Though launched a few years ago and readily available on the open market, this personalized version of the car shocked many of us with its chrome accents around the wheelarches, two-toned paint, chrome trimmed taillamps, Dayton-like wire wheels and chrome-look plastic trim in the interior, but it was its ‘pleather’ seating that reminded me of a 1980s-era taxi cab from my native NYC.
Is this type of kitch really what Chinese customers want?
Greetings from the 2011 Shanghai auto show. Continuing the process that we began earlier this year in Geneva, we’ll be covering the show live (or at least attempting to…) via this new site.
Building on the feedback we received after Geneva, we’ve built in better navigation for the site – which means you can search via our tagging system for specific cars, manufacturers or keywords.
For instance, if you want to see if we’ve covered the new Beetle yet, simply type ‘Beetle’ into the search bar on the header, and if we’ve covered it, any relevant stories should come up. Want to see all the Volkswagen stuff in general? Simply type ‘volkswagen’ into the search bar. Etc.
As you probably know, sites like Youtube are blocked here, so you’ll likely see less video coverage from us than we managed in Geneva. We’ll endeavour to bring you the best, most update coverage of all the important designs, and Shangahi promises to be a great show.
Not only will we be covering new production and concepts models from Citroen, Peugeot, VW, Audi and Volvo, but there’s an array of new metal from the Chinese brands, which looks sure to provide us with plenty of coverage material…
The CDN team in Shanghai – Eric, Owen and Joe