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Auto show space grows and 13 cars to make global debut

THIRTEEN cars will make their global debut at the 13th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition, and auto makers intend to showcase their latest technologies and strategic vehicles at the show.

More than 1,500 auto makers and spare parts manufacturers from 25 countries and regions have confirmed their participation in the biennial auto show this year, which will be held from April 20 to April 28 at the Shanghai New International Expo Center in Pudong New Area, according to the organizers yesterday.

While Italy's Fiat and Renault of France have withdrawn from this year's Auto Shanghai 2009, as the show is also known, other car makers have expanded their exhibition space.

"The high enthusiasm of international car makers reflects their confidence toward China's auto industry as well as their expectations of future market potential," said Wang Xia, secretary general of the China Chamber of International Commerce Automotive Chamber.

Among the 13 cars making their global debut, Porsche AG will launch its first four-seat sports car, the Porsche Panamera, for the first time. BMW will debut the world premier of two new models, and Audi will display its A3.

Chinese car makers, including Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp and privately owned Geely Automobile, will also take part in the show as they hope to lure more buyers to their self-branded models.

Alternative fuel vehicles and new energy technologies will also be highlighted as car makers are pacing up the development of such vehicles in an era of global warming and an energy crisis.

This year's event boosted its exhibition space by 20 percent to a record 170,000 square meters, beating the scale of the Detroit and Geneva motor shows for the first time. More than 600,000 visitors are expected to attend the show, up from 500,000 for the previous show.


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