The Shanghai woman has long captivated many with her mysterious and seductive ways. The image of a slender cheongsam clad lady, always with perfectly coiffed hair and manicured nails, red lipstick, sipping coffee, slowly smoking a cigarette, speaking softly… you get the drift. High maintainance, but alluring.

The ladies we (or rather Harvinder) encountered at Auto Shanghai 2013 may not quite look like the above caricature, but the modern version is equally captivating. They stood tall with the crossovers that mobbed Shanghai, including the BMW X4 Concept which we had exclusive access to, the Mercedes-Benz GLA, the Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupe, the Citroen DS Wild Rubis and the Acura Concept SUV-X, among others.

Honda brought plenty of new metal to the show – the Concept M MPV, Jade MPV and the Crider sedan, the latter two are production models. Toyota showed off the new Yaris (based on the new Vios, not the Euro version) and another Corolla previewing concept.

Other notable world debuts and concepts include the Maserati Ghibli, Porsche Panamera, Audi A3 Sedan, Ford Escort Concept, Suzuki Authentics Concept, Kia Horki Concept and the made-for-males Nissan Friend-ME.

We also spotted some models that may reach Malaysian shores in the near future – the facelifted Nissan Livina range and the Great Wall Wingle 6 pick-up truck are two such cars. Also do scan through the complete Shanghai menu for some homegrown entries, which are fast improving in terms of design.

We hope that you’ve enjoyed the cars, and without further ado, we present you the ladies of Shanghai 2013 after the jump.