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Auto China 2012: Horsepower and sex appeal

2012-04-24 08:24:02 GMT2012-04-24 16:24:02(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Audi’s RS Q3 concept made its world debut here. The bright blue SUV features a paint job called Ordos Blue, which is a matte blue with a slight yellow tint.

The Bentley Continental GT V8 delivers a 40% improvement in fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions.

The Chery @ant! Up to 10 ants can hook up with each other. China’s Chery is giving new meaning to the term “hooking up.”

Chery @ant

This is the funkiest-looking vehicle I saw here, or should I say vehicles — what I saw was two strange cars hooked up to each other, looking very friendly indeed. There is quite a resemblance to an ant, hence, the name @ant. The @ symbolizes a connection and do these things ever connect! According to the automaker, if one ant sees another ant going in the same direction, they will literally hook up and continue on their merry way. Up to 10 ants can hook up with each other. China’s Chery is giving new meaning to the term “hooking up.”

The @ant is powered by small electric engines in the rear wheels.

The Chery @ant made its world debut here with the tagline: “Exploring future human being’s lifestyle.” Does it mean we will be engaging in mass orgies in the future? Or is it just a case of being lost in the translation? We’ll have to think about that one.

Lamborghini Urus

Lamborghini unveiled a 600-horsepower concept SUV, the Urus, shown at top, named for a type of bull. Dubbed the “ultimate super athlete” by the automaker, that’s no bull — the Urus is a stunning four-door luxury sport-utility vehicle that puts lesser SUVs to shame. With sleek and sensuous lines reminiscent of Lamborghini’s non-SUV models, the Urus features permanent all-wheel drive to give the concept its sport-utility bona fides.

“The Urus is a very concrete idea for the future of Lamborghini — as a third model line and as the perfect complement to our super sports cars,” says Stephan Winkelmann, president and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. “SUVs stand for freedom and emotion. SUVs make up one of the most successful market segments worldwide. The Urus is the most extreme interpretation of the SUV idea; it is the Lamborghini of the SUVs.”

The vehicle’s lightweight design helps it conserve fuel while setting new standards for dynamics and handling, according to Lamborghini.

Lamborghini predicts it will sell 3,000 of the concept when it is put into production, with main markets in China, the Middle East, Russia, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States.

 

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