All boom, and no gloom here

Story and pictures by Azfar Hashim, reporting from Shanghai, China
25 Apr 2009
 

Automakers from all over the world are showing their latest products - despite the global recession

2009 Auto Shanghai

Many car makers have listed Auto Shanghai as one of the most important international auto shows...

Although international car sales have been largely gloomy, the robust Chinese automotive market seem to be offering the most positive prospect for manufacturers, even those that are not doing so well in their own home market. In fact, the devastating economic slowdown did not seem to have any impact here in China.

The country reached sales record of 1.11 million vehicles last month - 34.1% more than February, and 5% higher than the same period last year. In stark contrast, car sales plummeted more than 30% in the U.S at the end of 2008.

Auto manufacturers are eager to show their new models at the 13th Auto Shanghai - 1,500 auto and parts maker from 25 countries are making their presence at this biennial event. Many car makers have listed Auto Shanghai as one of the most important international auto shows - and this is no surprise as China has, officially, overtaken the U.S as the biggest auto market in the world.

Spread over 11 indoor exhibition halls and 9 outdoor temporary halls at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, this event occupies an area of 170,000 square meters.

We show you some of the latest cars that were presented here and would be making its way to Singapore...


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