¥4.33b deals clinched at Shenzhen auto show
2013-June-17 Source: Szdaily web edition
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Contracts totaling more than 4.33 billion yuan (US$698 million), a record figure, were signed at the 2013 Shenzhen-Hong Kong-Macao International Auto Show, which closed Thursday at Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center.

Nearly 100 carmakers from around the world participated in the auto show, exhibiting more than 1,200 of their latest models, including concept cars and rare limited-edition vehicles.

On the first day of the show, more than 30 models from big names like Rolls-Royce, Ferrari, Porsche, BMW, Maserati and Lamborghini made their China or Asia-Pacific debut.

The third-largest auto show in China attracted more than 660,000 visitors from home and abroad and witnessed nearly 20,000 cars being sold, according to Shenzhen United Auto Show Management Co., the show's organizer.

The annual auto show, the 17th in the city, has helped local consumers acquire a habit of buying cars during the show because they can compare different vehicles at the same location and car dealers often offer exceptional discounts, the organizer said.

This year's show covered 120,000 square meters and highlighted luxury brands.

Aston Martin brought its 100-year-anniversary flagship model, Vanquish, and its latest model, the DB9, while Lamborghini showcased its convertible model, the Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster, which was shown to Asia-Pacific consumers for the first time during the exhibition.

Other carmakers, including the three most popular luxury brands among Chinese consumers — Audi, Mercedes-Benz and BMW — brought limited-edition models.

In addition, electric and hybrid cars sold faster than in previous years, with the numbers of buyers and potential buyers of green vehicles rising markedly this year from a year ago, the organizer said, without specifying the details.

Shenzhen tops in the country in the number of new-energy vehicles in use, but the majority of them are taxis and buses.

More individual consumers are expected to consider buying new-energy cars in coming months, encouraged by warm reactions worldwide to electric cars made this year by U.S. firm Tesla Motors, Huatai Securities analyst Liu Min said.

Source: ¥4.33b deals clinched at Shenzhen auto show


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