We go to a lot of auto shows, but we didn't make it to the Beijing Motor Show, which opened a couple of days ago. Which is a shame, because not only is China on track to become the world's largest single car market, but they have some truly outrageous concept cars.
Our favorite is the Geely Emgrand GT, from the company that is in the process of buying stolid Swedish carmaker Volvo from Ford. Our friends over at Autoblog Green have a full slideshow of the car, from which we've borrowed this single image.
2011 Chevrolet Volt pre-production prototype, January 2010
The Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid will cost $87,900 and start delivery in November
According to ABG, Emgrand is a new sub-brand from Geely and the GT is a plug-in hybrid that the company says it'll launch in 2014.
The engine is a 160-horsepower 2.4-liter inline four and it's supplemented by two 27.5-kilowatt hub motors powering the axle that isn't mechanically driven. Which end is which, however, remains unclear.
It's also not clear whether the car is a series hybrid (or "extended-range electric vehicle") like the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, which is not a hybrid in the accepted sense of the word, or simply a plug-in version of a conventional power-split hybrid.
But enough of what we don't know. Head over to ABG to see the rest of the slides, and feast your eyes on a car that's ... ummmmm ... well, definitely more noticeable than the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid that we tested 10 days ago.
We'd even venture that it's more startling than the undeniably sexy 2011 Fisker Karma four-door sports sedan. What do you think?