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2012 Beijing auto show preview

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See the latest concepts and production cars from China’s big biennial show

With all the fretting and worry about the state of the Chinese motoring industry, you'd figure Chicken Little was seated firmly behind the editor's desk at the world's top business publications. In all actuality, China's automotive marketplace is still in a state of growth. It's true that the growth rate has slowed to a "meagre" 5.2 per cent in 2011 as reported by Reuters, with a "mere" 14.5 million cars, light trucks and SUVs snapped up by the public. Nevertheless, China remains the most important market for many automakers, particularly premium and prestige brands.It's no wonder Chinese auto shows have skyrocketed in importance on the world scene. Where Tokyo or Turin might have hosted the release of the latest new Lamborghini or Mercedes-Benz, it's more likely to occur in Shanghai or Beijing.While we'll be covering the show live from the ground next week, we figured we'd give you a sneak peak at the latest production cars and concepts from brands like Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Audi, plus a look at some of China's homegrown brands like BYD and Chery. Click through the gallery to begin.Related links:2012 New York show: Best in show2012 Geneva Motor show: Best concepts
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