SHANGHAI — In 16 hectic months, Chinese designers and engineers transformed a myth into an appealing concept car. Creation of the Qilin (pronounced roughly “Shee-ling”), named for a mythological Chinese part dragon-part horse, was billed as a training exercise at the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) in Shanghai. But it could be the family car Beijing leaders have been looking for. PATAC was formed by General Motors Corp. and Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp. (SAIC) two years ...

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