Kia‘s heart-stoppingly cool GT concept was was powered by a 3.3L turbo V6 packing 400 horsepower – but the production version might not get such an exotic powertrain. Speaking with Auto Express, Kia styling boss Peter Schreyer said that “I think done in the right way, with a smaller engine or hybrid technology, it would work,”… Continue Reading...
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We crowned it as the number one car in our Top 10 Frankfurt Motor Show list and apparently we weren’t alone, with the 2012 Porsche 911 generating more online buzz than any other vehicle unveiled. According to a study by UK-based Kantar Media Precis, which tracked all news stories from the show, as well as… Continue Reading...
Currently on display at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, this one-off special was conceived to celebrate parent company Daimler AG’s 125 years of making automobiles as well as the legacy of legendary stylist Wilhelm Maybach. Continue Reading...
Take care of business on the go. Busy executives will be able to multitask while being driven to their next meeting, thanks to the Bentley Mulsanne Executive Interior Concept. Premiering last week at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, the Mulsanne Executive Interior is a multimedia connectivity concept that was showcased in the hand-crafted cabin of… Continue Reading...
It’s over for another two years, but in case you missed any of the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, check out our video coverage below. Plus, don’t forget about our even more extensive traditional coverage here. Major debuts for 2011 included the all-new 2012 Porsche 911, Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series, Mazda CX-5 and Lamborghini Gallardo… Continue Reading...
Unveiled for the first time in all its widebody glory at the Frankfurt Auto Show this week, the Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series Coupe is undeniably a car on steroids. Transformed on every level the car is 3-inches wider overall, with flared fenders and a wider track. Plus, it gains an upgraded AMG brake package… Continue Reading...
Unlike American auto shows where where tuners are segregated off into some basement hall, at the Frankfurt Auto Show they’re invited to join in on the action. Sharing hall space with the likes of Land Rover, Lotus and Jaguar, tuners such as Brabus, Mansory and TechArt. Highlights include the new Brabus 800 ‘Rocket’, the TechArt… Continue Reading...
When it comes to bizarre concept cars, the Tokyo Auto Show might be the traditional winner, but when it comes to production time, often things end up looking like a Camry. Not so for those baguette-loving Frenchmen (and women). From Citroen, to Renault, to Peugeot, their production cars are plenty strange and the concepts that… Continue Reading...
After having showcased numerous new concept cars at the past several auto shows, one might expect that Lotus had dried up its reserve of new car news. Not so. At the Frankfurt Auto Show the British manufacturer had on display six new or newish models. Many won’t make their way to North America, but some… Continue Reading...
BMW says that the 2012 M5 delivers 9.9 liters per 100 km (23.75 mpg US) in the EU combined test cycle, a gain of some 30 percent over the old and much lamented E60 chassis, V-10 powered version. Continue Reading...
Not long after Mercedes-Benz revealed their C-Coupe DTM car, Audi went ahead and one-upped their German rival with the launch of the A5 DTM. Like most DTM cars, the A5 DTM has nothing in common with its road car sibling. The A5 DTM uses a carbon-fiber monocoque chassis and a 455 horsepower V8 as well… Continue Reading...
The highlight of Volkswagen‘s press conference at the Frankfurt Auto Show, the Up! was designed as a spiritual successor to the original Beetle. Priced at 9,850 Euros (roughly $13,500) it is intended to be the new “people’s car”. That is, if the people you’re referring to are numbered four or less. You see, the diminutive… Continue Reading...
According to official stats from Audi, the new 2012 S6 will sprint from 0-100 km (0-62 mph) in just 4.8 seconds; the S7 in 4.9; while the S8 will do the same jaunt in just 4.8 seconds. All three cars are limited to a stop speed of 155 mph and are said to return at... Continue Reading...
Making their world premiere at the Frankfurt Auto Show, the BMW i3 and i8 may just be concepts, but point to a major push by the German automaker into the realm of electrified vehicles. In fact, BMW is so serious that its working towards an entire range of “i” branded alternative vehicles, sporting both electric… Continue Reading...
When I first laid eyes on the Chevrolet Miray concept, I thought: this is what the Batmobile would look like if it was small, silver, and Korean. A product of GM Korea, the Miray (Korean for “future” first debuted at the Seoul Motor Show earlier this year but made its European debut at the Frankfurt… Continue Reading...
There’s something really Chinese about the Volvo Concept You but I just can’t quite put my finger on it. And I’m actually Chinese. That there is an oriental feel shouldn’t be a surprise. The Concept You is an evolution of the Concept Universe revealed earlier this year at Auto Shanghai earlier this year. Volvo sought… Continue Reading...
Much like the original A2, the new concept was designed from the outside to pack the most amount of space within a small, physical form; consequently, despite its rather tiny dimensions; 150-inches in length; 66.6-inches in width and 58.8 inches in height , it still boasts ample seating for four, plus their luggage. Continue Reading...
Debuting alongside the new Focus ST, Ford‘s Focus ST-R hopes to give buyers of the hot hatch something else to brag about. There is, after all, not better way to instantly give a car some serious credibility than to know it shares its underpinnings with a race car. It does, however, help if the race… Continue Reading...
After showing it in concept form almost as many times as the FT-86, Toyota has finally unveiled the production version of its Prius Plug-in Hybrid at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Called “the world’s most sophisticated hybrid electric powertrain” by Toyota Europe boss Didier Leroy, the company is claiming an incredible 112-mpg rating for the car…. Continue Reading...
A key directive during the concept’s development was that the car be unmistakble for anything but a classic, front engined, rear-drive GT. Continue Reading...
The CX-5 is the first Mazda to feature the company’s new generation ‘SKYACTIV’ engines, a 2.0-liter gas unit rated at 165 metric horsepower (PS) and a 2.2-liter diesel engines that sports a two-stage turbocharger, enabling 150 and 175 PS outputs. Continue Reading...
It comes as little surprise that the reveal of an all-new Porsche 911 at the Frankfurt Auto Show proved to be one of the major highlights of the day, despite literally dozens of world premieres. With a new platform, engines and new technology (though in true Porsche fashion, only a slightly different look), the latest… Continue Reading...
Daimler and German chemical company BASF have teamed up to produce the electric Smart Forvision concept vehicle which premiered at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. The result is a futuristic-looking Smart car with several innovations designed to maximize energy efficiency from the electric drivetrain. The Smart Forvision concept uses five new technologies designed to conserve… Continue Reading...
There might not be much new about Toyota‘s FT-86 II Concept, but with the hype continuing to build around the production model it’s worth another look. After first debuting at the Geneva Auto Show back in March, it has received a new paint job and (we spied) some Brembo brakes! Get more Toyota FT-86 news… Continue Reading...