New cars often attract much interest, even amid difficult economic times. And some of those being launched at the Shanghai Auto Show are among the most appealing in years.
The financial crisis dampened auto sales over the past year, but the world auto makers remain confident about the Chinese market.
Volkswagen expects China to overtake Germany as its biggest market this year.
Winfried Vahland, president & CEO of Volkswagen Group China"The March is the best month ever, it makes us confident."
Luxury brands like Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Farrari are showcasing their luxury cars here. But they also aim to sell small and fuel efficient vehicles.
Dongfeng Nissan has achieved great success in China's market for family cars. The company is now hoping to sell different types of cars amid the economic downturn.
Ren Yong, Vice General Manager of Dongfeng Nissan, said, "We hope to make more good products available for Chinese customers as soon as possible. We have brought the sports car GTR to the auto show, and it will appear on the Chinese market this year. "
China is one of the world's few remaining growth markets. And so it's the place where auto makers all want to grab a piece of the action.