These 23 cars from the Shanghai Auto Show prove how much China matters

In recent years, China has become one of the most important auto markets in the world. This is why the world’s car makers gather in Shanghai to wrap up the 2014-2015 car show season. The Shanghai Auto Show offers Chinese consumers an opportunity to see the latest and greatest offerings — and the world’s press has the opportunity evaluate the latest developments from China’s plethora of car brands.

The 2015 Shanghai Auto Show ran from April 22-29.

Chevrolet kicked off the 2015 show in grand fashion with the debut of the FNR Concept.

The futuristic, electric, self-driving concept was designed by GM's team in Shanghai to commemorate Chevy's 10 year anniversary in China.

Chinese automakers were also out in force. Shanghai Automotive's MG brand showed of its new compact crossover, the GS.

China's pre-imminent luxury brand, HongQi, rolled out the LS5 SUV.

Power for the big Range Rover competitor is rumoured to come from a twin-turbocharged V8.

Changan Automotive showed of its stylish Raeton CC Concept.

The 4-door coupe design study is reminiscent of Volkswagen's CC sedan.

Venucia, a joint venture between Dongfeng Motors and Nissan, debuted its Vow Concept.

The attractive crossover's blue paint was inspired by lakes high in the Andes mountains.

One of the most intriguing cars at the show was the all-electric Eagle Carrie. If it looks familiar, that's because its design draws heavily from the Ferrari California T and the Porsche Cayman.

Volvo also made a big splash at the show. The Chinese-owned Swedish brand introduced the ultra-luxury version of its new XC90 SUV.

Dubbed the 'Excellence,' the luxury Volvo could be available with a pair of private-jet-like rear captains chairs or ...

... a full-on luxury lounge.

Hong Kong-based Infiniti showed off a trio of concepts, led by the real-life debut of the Vision GT concept, featured on the latest Gran Turismo video game.

Infiniti also presented the very stylish Q80 Inspiration luxury sedan, as well as ...

... the production-ready Q60 Coupe Concept.

Honda's Concept D gave us a glimpse at an SUV the company is developing exclusively for the Chinese market.

Citroen brought its quirky Aircross concept to Shanghai.

While corporate sibling Peugeot debuted the 500-horsepower 308R Hybrid.

For the past couple of decades, China has been a fortress for Volkswagen. Which is why the brand chose this show for the Sport Coupe GTE Concept to make its Asia debut.

Mercedes showed off its BMW X4-fighter -- the GLC Coupe Concept.

English supercar specialists McLaren unveiled the latest offering from their Sport Series -- the 540C.

Audi pulled the cover of its Prologue Allroad Concept.

The Acura NSX supercar also put in an appearance.

As did Lexus' outlandish LF-C2 convertible.

Bentley's aggressive EXP10 Speed 6 concept hit the show floor.

Lamborghini exhibited a trio of cars ...

... with its flagship Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce making its first appearance in China.

Shanghai also marked the first appearance of Aston Martin's Lagonda Taraf and DBX in China.

The Geneva Motor Show was also absolutely stunning ...

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