Top Marques Monaco, a show dedicated to cars only the super-rich can afford, begins in Monte Carlo April 14. After that, it's over to China for the 14th Auto Shanghai show, where automakers from around the world will be showing off their products for the country's huge audience.

8th Top Marques Monaco
April 14-17
Monte Carlo, Monaco

With the strapline "see it, drive it, buy it!", this is an auto show unashmedly geared to the superwealthy, who converge upon the principality for the four-day forum of top-end cars and - bizarrely - watches. Over €100 million worth of cars sold last year, and with the auto market recovery well underway, that figure may rise with the eighth edition.

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2nd Car Design Awards China
April 17
Shanghai, China

The Car Design Awards China recognize the most forward-thinking designs from the Chinese auto industry, with particular focus on young designers. There are nine individual categories which range from innovation and use of luxury to eco-design and use of materials.

14th Auto Shanghai
April 21-28
Shanghai, China

The 14th edition of this biennial event is expected to showcase how far China has come - even in the two years since it was last held, China has overtaken the US to become the world's largest auto market. No wonder then, that automakers are pulling out all of the stops, with new models expected from national and international names alike, all designed to tap the country's massive (and growing) market. Media days are April 19-20.

World Car of the Year winner unveiled
April 21
New York

The Audi A8, the BMW 5 Series and the Nissan LEAF are all contenders for this prestigious prize, awarded by a panel of automotive journalists from around the world on the eve of the New York Auto Show. Look out also for the winner of the World Performance Car award, which could go to the Ferrari 458 Italia, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG or the Porsche 911 Turbo.

111th New York International Auto Show

April 22 - May 1
New York

New York, one of America's oldest and most venerable auto shows, is putting on a brave face this year despite being overshadowed by Auto Shanghai. Expect several new launches for the North American and international markets, along with interactive elements such as the EV pavilion and Disney's Cars2 exhibit.

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