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High-tech on display as Shanghai motor show kicks off

SUVs, eco-cars grab the spotlight, reflecting trends in world's largest car market

Visitors flock to the Shanghai auto show on April 19, the first day of the event. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

SHANGHAI -- The 17th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition kicked off Wednesday, with more than 1,000 automakers and other auto-industry players showcasing their latest products. Big focuses of this year's event include eco-friendly vehicles and SUVs, which are becoming increasingly popular in China.

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