When we visited the last car show in Shanghai 2007 was on the calendar. No one suspected that after only 18 months the world will dive into the depths of economic recession. It was even harder to imagine how vitally important Chinese market will become for the car companies from Europe, USA and Japan. Then, five years ago, the talk was that Chinese drivers are not just buying more vehicles. Looking at auto plants being built for European, American and Japanese brands, they are gaining industry knowledge in its every aspect. However, back in 2007, made in China cars were a wretchedly ridiculous spectacle, for the most of their part. This time there are way less reasons to laugh, but much more reasons to think.
China today is a paradise for statistics. There are more than two hundred cities with populations over one million. Tens of cities that are homes to over 10 million of people. The Golden Triangle of the Yangtze River, a major region in the east of China itself, with an area exceeding the whole area of Germany, is home to 217 million people.
Almost a quarter of the country\'s GDP, the equivalent of $ 1.8 trillion - is generated here. Experts believe that by year 2023 the capacity of China\'s auto market will grow to around 30 million vehicles per year, but even in this case, only 20% of the total population will poses cars.
These cool vehicles presented on the pictures are produced exclusively for Chinese market. And it’s not a secret that the greatest auto manufacturing companies are at war with each other for this particular market. VW showed a concept of a Cross Blue Coupe crossover – a small hint on appearance of a new competitor for BMW X6. Nissan’s Friend-Me concept was developed specifically for Chinese market and Ford was also quick to built an Escort-sedan. Seems like the battle of the century will soon happen in automobile industry. And it will take place in China, not even touching the rest of the world. Is it bad that other markets will not be part of this battle, only time will show.