The Shanghai show alternates with Beijing (Photo: Shanghai auto show)

The Shanghai auto show takes place this April as car sales in China continue to outpace other major markets. The event, which alternates with the Beijing auto show every other year, opens with two press days April 20 and 21 and runs through April 29.

Underscoring the growth of the Chinese car market, this year's Shanghai show is moving to a new 400,000 square meter National Center for Exhibition and Convention. That marks an expansion of the exhibition space, which in the old venue totaled 280,000 square meters.

Chinese light-vehicle sales are expected to increase 7 percent this year to 25.2 million units, IHS Automotive said in a February report. The market researchers cited growing availability of car financing, more dealerships and continuing government scrappage programs as positive factors. Premium car sales are expected to rise 15 pc this year, according to the IHS forecast.

The auto show organizers say exhibition space for the Shanghai show is almost fully booked, with all Chinese and most major global automotive players planning to be present.

In 2013, the last year the show was held, it featured 2,000 exhibitors showing 1,300 vehicles. The exhibition was attended by 813,000 visitors.