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BMW Gran Coupé concept reveal - click above to watch the video

At last week's Beijing Motor Show, BMW unveiled its new four-door Gran Coupé concept. To be more precise, they revealed the car in the Chinese city, but not at the show itself. At the time, we scoured the BMW stand and the only new vehicle we found there was the 535Li extended-wheelbase, with no sign of the new concept.

It turns out that BMW held a private reception the night before the media day at the show, and there the concept stayed. In a 'better late than never' move, one of the attendees has posted a video of the reveal, and we're sharing that with you now. Designer Adrian van Hooydonk and Chairman Dr. Norbert Reithofer opened the doors on the Gran Coupé in an extended (albeit not particularly awe inspiring) manner, but the concept still looks pretty great regardless, and it also looks very nearly production-ready. Hopefully we'll get a chance to check out the Gran Coupé live somewhere soon, but in the meantime, check out the video after the jump.



[Source: YouTube]
Beijing area Buick dealer - Click above for high res image gallery

Over the course of the 20th century, the so-called "developed world" changed faster than at any time in recorded history, but not all parts of the world changed at the same pace. Late in the century some regions attempted to catch up, most notably China and India. In the process of doing so, they didn't follow in the footsteps of their predecessors and cultural differences have meant that some things have been a bit different - including automotive retailing.

During our visit to China for the Beijing Motor Show, Buick offered to take us on a visit to a local dealership to see how things are done a bit differently. At first glance, the Buick dealer we visited on the northwest outer reaches of Beijing didn't appear radically different from what you might encounter in the United States. A somewhat small showroom (at least compared to some of the larger American stores we've seen) contained eight cars, including each of the market's currently available models. Read on to see how things diverged.



Photos by Sam Abuelsamid / Copyright (C)2010 Weblogs, Inc.
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