Fiat showcased the fluidic lined, curvacious bodied Fiat Viaggio at Auto China in Beijing which is Fiat’s first locally produced car for China. There are no immediate plans to sell the Viaggio outside China though Fiat India maybe interested in studying its feasibility.

Fiat Viaggio at Auto China 2012 in Beijing rear three quartersFiat Viaggio at Auto China 2012 in Beijing front three quarters

The Fiat Viaggio is to the Dodge Dart what the Renault Pulse is to the Nissan Micra. The front and rear fascias were redesigned by Fiat Group’s Style Centre in Turin.

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Mercedes Benz has revealed the Concept Style Coupe at Auto China 2012 in Beijing, a design study previewing a compact sedan that appears alongside the A-Class and B-Class models from next year.

Mercedes Benz Compact Style Coupe at Auto China 2012Mercedes Benz Compact Style Coupe front end

Mercedes Benz has raised annual output to 200,000 vehicles per year and with contributions from its partners, will invest three billion Euros in China over the next few years.

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2013 BMW 3 Series LWB Beijing Auto ShowThe long wheelbase version of the BMW 3 Series has been unveiled in Beijing in three flavors – 320Li (184bhp), 328Li (245bhp) and 335Li (306bhp).

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The motors are exactly the same as the ones lurking beneath the bonnet of the normal wheelbase 320i, 328i and 335i variants. BMW says the 3er LWB is focused on the Chinese customer and is an understanding of their needs and desires.

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If you are a Chinese man, have lots of love for Volkswagen, in the market for an affordable sedan, the Volkswagen Lavida is your car.

Volkswagen Lavida ChinaVolkswagen Lavida side view

Unlike the Vento, this Volkswagen sedan, positioned in the A-Segment (in terms of size class – usually between 4m to 4.5m long), is the Etios or the Manza of the Chinese market.

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Posted on Apr 24 2012 - 6:53am IST

Ford Brasilia yesterday uploaded a new video on their Youtube channel that shows the EcoSport in all its glory. The production-spec Ford EcoSport greeted the Brazilian media at the Barra Lighthouse in Salvador two days ago.

The EcoSport is Ford’s global SUV with a 1-liter..blah blah blah! Enjoy the video ;-)

Posted on Apr 24 2012 - 5:31am IST

Romanian car manufacturer and Renault group brand Dacia announced a few days ago that sales of the Duster have surpassed 3 lakh units worldwide.

Dacia Duster

The Duster started life as an aspirational SUV for the European markets where the so called “status SUV” was an import beyond the means of the middle class.

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Chang’an Motors, a Chinese auto manufacturer that produces cars in partnership with Suzuki, has shown a mini SUV with an original design at the Beijing Auto Show.

Chang'an CS35 front fasciaChang'an CS35 front view

Our reader BMS tipped us on this development and we rang up our Chinese pals to learn more. The mini SUV fever has gripped us all and we’re aware of straying off limits here!

After Ford India released more details on its mini SUV EcoSport through its official website following the Beijing debut, the battle lines have clearly been drawn here in India.

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Though Renault displayed the Duster at the Auto Expo, it has not explicitly described the vehicle. The French company believes the Duster can change the perceptions and feelings people associate with Renault India. There are a few mini SUV models in India, and competing in a less populated segment gives them a better chance of establishing their brand.

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