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2013 Shanghai Auto Show

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The back of a Renault concept car is pictured on the automaker's stand during media day at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition. (April 20, 2013) Photo Credit: Getty Images

The 2013 Shanghai Auto Show opened to the public April 21. Held in alternate years, the show has grown into one of the global industry's most prominent events, according to the Associated Press, especially after China passed the United States in 2009 as the biggest auto market by number of vehicles sold.

Organizers say exhibitors at this year's show will display more than 800 vehicles, from mass-market compacts to minivans to hand-built sports cars with price tags of more than $1 million.

American automakers, including Ford and General Motors, plan to unveil new cars and concepts at the show, the Associated Press reported, as they try to grow their presence in the increasingly competitive market.

Buick Riviera Concept 2013 model is unveiled ahead
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Buick Riviera Concept 2013 model is unveiled ahead of the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition. (April 19, 2013)

Workers clean a Buick Riviera Concept 2007 model
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Workers clean a Buick Riviera Concept 2007 model displayed ahead of the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition. (April 19, 2013)

Nissan executive vice president Andy Palmer unveils a
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Nissan executive vice president Andy Palmer unveils a Nissan Friend-ME concept car at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition. (April 20, 2013)

Nissan Motor Co. executive vice president Andy Palmer
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Nissan Motor Co. executive vice president Andy Palmer unveils the Friend-ME concept car at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition. (April 20, 2013)

Chen Anning, vice general manager of Chery Auto,
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Chen Anning, vice general manager of Chery Auto, unveils Chery's BETA 5 car at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition. (April 20, 2013)

An electric concept car by Chinese auto maker
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An electric concept car by Chinese auto maker Chery is seen on the opening day of the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition. (April 21, 2013)

Models pose next to an Icona Vulcano at
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Models pose next to an Icona Vulcano at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition. (April 20, 2013)

A model poses next to an Icona design
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A model poses next to an Icona design concept car on media day at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition. (April 20, 2013)

Honda Motor Co. chief executive Takanobu Ito, right,
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Honda Motor Co. chief executive Takanobu Ito, right, and Seiji Kuraishi, president of Honda Motor (China) stand next to to the company's new Concept M at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition. (April 20, 2013)

Officials from Ford Motor Co. stand near the
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Officials from Ford Motor Co. stand near the new Ford Mondeo model after they unveiled the car at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition. (April 20, 2013)

A new Jeep Cherokee is displayed at the
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A new Jeep Cherokee is displayed at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition. (April 21, 2013)

A Ferrari F150 V12 hybrid electric car at
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A Ferrari F150 V12 hybrid electric car at media day at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition (April 20, 2013)

A model poses next to a Porsche Panamera
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A model poses next to a Porsche Panamera Hybrid electric version on media day at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition in Shanghai. (April 21, 2013)

A Porsche Panamera Hybrid electric version at media
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A Porsche Panamera Hybrid electric version at media day at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition (April 21, 2013)

A model poses next to a Porsche Cayman
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A model poses next to a Porsche Cayman on media day at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition in Shanghai. (April 20, 2013)

A model poses next to a Porsche 911
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A model poses next to a Porsche 911 GT3 on media day at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition in Shanghai. (April 20, 2013)

A model poses next to a Koenigsegg sports
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A model poses next to a Koenigsegg sports car on media day at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition in Shanghai. (April 20, 2013)

A cleaner wipes the floor where Mercedes Benz
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A cleaner wipes the floor where Mercedes Benz C260 is displayed at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition in Shanghai. (April 20, 2013)

A young visitor leans against a Mercedes-Benz SL350
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A young visitor leans against a Mercedes-Benz SL350 at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition in Shanghai. (April 21, 2013)

A security guard stands near a Mercedes-Benz Unimog
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A security guard stands near a Mercedes-Benz Unimog at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition in Shanghai. (April 21, 2013)

A security guard stands in front of Volkswagen
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A security guard stands in front of Volkswagen Cross Blue concept coupe displayed at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition in Shanghai. (April 21, 2013)

A visitor takes a rest in front on
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A visitor takes a rest in front on a Hyundai Sonata on the opening day of the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition in Shanghai. (April 21, 2013)

Visitors take a look at the Hyundai stand
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Visitors take a look at the Hyundai stand on the opening day of the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition in Shanghai. (April 21, 2013)

A young visitor rides a tricycle near Hyundai's
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A young visitor rides a tricycle near Hyundai's hydrogen-powered car at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition in Shanghai. (April 21, 2013)

Visitors look at an Opel Zafira Tourer at
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Visitors look at an Opel Zafira Tourer at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition in Shanghai. (April 21, 2013)

Visitors look at a Dongfeng EQ2050 at the
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Visitors look at a Dongfeng EQ2050 at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition in Shanghai. (April 21, 2013)

A model poses with a Kia K9 car
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A model poses with a Kia K9 car at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition in Shanghai. (April 21, 2013)

Visitors eye a Lexus LF-CC car on media
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Visitors eye a Lexus LF-CC car on media day at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition in Shanghai. (April 20, 2013)

At the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition, a
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At the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition, a Lexus IS 250 is displayed before a message of condolence for Saturday's earthquake in China's Sichuan province. (April 21, 2013)

A visitor at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry
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A visitor at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition carefully studies a Citroen. (April 21, 2013)

A model poses with a Cadillac XTS at
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A model poses with a Cadillac XTS at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition. (April 21, 2013)

Visitors ogle an Audi RS 7 on the
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Visitors ogle an Audi RS 7 on the opening day of the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition. (April 21, 2013)

A model poses with a Peugeot C-Elysee at
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A model poses with a Peugeot C-Elysee at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition. (April 21, 2013)

At the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition, a
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At the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition, a worker polishes a Hawtai Motor Boliger S. (April 20, 2013)

A model poses next to a Hawtai Motor
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A model poses next to a Hawtai Motor Boliger SUV at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition. (April 21, 2013)

Chinese models pose with Great Wall H7 SUV
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Chinese models pose with Great Wall H7 SUV after it's unveiled at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition. (April 20, 2013)

At the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition, a
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At the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition, a model poses with a KC concept car made by Geely. (April 20, 2013)

A Renault concept car is displayed during media
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A Renault concept car is displayed during media day at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition. (April 20, 2013)

The back of a Renault concept car is
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The back of a Renault concept car is pictured on the automaker's stand during media day at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition. (April 20, 2013)

A Bugatti Veyron sports car is displayed during
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A Bugatti Veyron sports car is displayed during media day at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition. (April 20, 2013)

A Bugatti Veyron sports car is displayed on
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A Bugatti Veyron sports car is displayed on media day at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition. (April 20, 2013)

A model poses next to a Aston Martin
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A model poses next to a Aston Martin V8 Vantage on media day at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition. (April 20, 2013)

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