2015 Shanghai Auto Show: First, no babes. Now, no babies

Those were the days

Those were the days

This year’s Shanghai Auto Show, to be held from April 20 through 29 somewhere in the boonies behind the Hongqiao airport, will be a very exclusive affair. First, scantily clad models were excluded. Now that the show is a family-friendly affair, children aren’t allowed either, writes Carnewschina. After the prohibition of babes, there is a ban on babies. There were babes and babies galore at previous shows in China. Now, no more. [Continue Reading]

Zai jian China, we look back at the final years of Chinese auto shows with female characteristics

The working masses

The toiling masses

In one of its infamous “strike hard” campaigns, China has outlawed suggestively dressed models at car shows. Apparently in an effort to curb the onslaught of masses that had choked past shows, there won’t be those infamous “scantily clad” women at this year’s Shanghai Auto Show. Which gave us the opportunity for a nostalgic look back at a paradise lost. After re-visiting Beijing 2010 and Shanghai 2011, after traveling to Beijing again in 2012, we will revisit the past two years today, before closing the books on the sad affair. In the end, you will agree that future shows are not worth going to, and you are right. [Continue Reading]

Requiem for the scantily clad girl: We revisit the golden years of the Chinese car show

Beijing 2012

Beijing 2012

We were gathered here yesterday, on this sorrowful occasion, to say goodbye to the sadly departed scantily clad models at Chinese car shows. After taking away the wine and wife from karaoke bars around the country, after shutting down a whole city, China’s capital of vice, Chinese authorities now have their sights set on automakers who interpret the “reveal” part of auto shows to liberally.

The Shanghai Auto Show 2015 (April 20-29) will be a wholesome family affair, and I won’t be going. Instead, and with a tear in my eye, I will look back at the times when a Chinese auto show still was worth visiting.

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China succumbs to capitalist running dogs, outlaws “scantily clad models” at car shows. Sex and cars with Chinese characteristics, a nostalgic look back

Beijing, 29012

Beijing, 2012

China is the world’s biggest car market, it has the world’s biggest car shows, and it suddenly developed the world’s biggest hang-up about pretty ladies. For years, they used to sex-up otherwise boring cars. No more. The auto fairs must do without the fair maidens, the models must remain dressed. “Attractive young women will no longer adorn cars at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition in April,” the state-owned tabloid China Daily reports.

“Auto shows in other cities should also stop using models,” said Yang Xueliang, head of the public relations department of Zhejiang Geely. “Give a pure automobile show back to customers.” At past auto shows, his company, which also owns Sweden’s Volvo, competed lustily with other carmakers in the scantily clad department, this year, no more.

Fear not, the DailyKanban will bring you the lightly dressed car shows that the government banned. [Continue Reading]

Toyota gives pornstars a second chance as contributors to Gazoo website

Oishi!

Oishi!

In America, the auto industry’s formerly raunchy relationship with sex has given way to new buttoned-up Victorianism. Even this year’s SEMA, one of the last outposts of gratuitous nudity, is not what it used to be. In that vein, it is good to hear that this disease has not yet reached the Japanese auto industry.

Without gaining the attention of the easily outraged western media, Toyota’s Gazoo.com website has hired a new contributor: Japan’s soft-pornstar Mana Sakura. “Launched on September 19, the column (“Mana Sakura’s Relationship With Her Car“) appears every other Friday,” wrote the Tokyo Reporter on October 14. Please credit it to my waning prurient interests that it took me three more weeks to find the mention, in a nowadays very infrequent lecture of the site that chronicles Japan’s fuzoku, or water trade. [Continue Reading]