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Buyers swarm opening of China auto show

Published on Apr 21, 2013 12:10 PM

SHANGHAI (AFP) - Chinese buyers swarmed around hundreds of vehicles at the Shanghai auto show at its opening on Sunday, highlighting the importance of the world's largest car market to manufacturers.

Chinese and foreign automakers used models dressed as Playboy bunnies and dance performances to capture the eyes of potential customers, while long lines formed to try out driving simulators at one Japanese company.

Among the shoppers was entrepreneur Ou Yang, who browsed the sleek black vehicles on offer by luxury German car maker BMW.

"Since I enjoy driving very much, I prefer cars with higher maneuverability. As for the appearance, personally I pay more attention to the interior than the exterior," he said.

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