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Luxury and large cars claim China auto show spotlight

Published on Apr 23, 2014 3:27 PM

BEIJING, April 21, 2014 (AFP) - From fast cars to luxury sedans, leading automakers have gathered in Beijing for the China's biggest car show which opens to the public this week.

Their eagerness to attract buyers in the world’s largest car market is on full display at "Auto China 2014" Beijing International Automotive Exhibition which opened to the public on Monday with more than 1,000 vehicles on show. Motor enthusiasts crowded around the displays with their spouses and children in a festive atmosphere to seek inspiration from the new models, while executives representing brands from across the globe also made appearances at the show.

China has become a vital market for foreign brands as business in other regions flags. Last year, car sales in China rose 14 per cent to 22 million vehicles. But it is expected to see slower growth this year as the economy cools, and limits on car sales come into effect in more cities to curb congestion and pollution.

The following are some new and concept cars at the show:

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