Frankfurt 2009: BMW xDrive 750i Gets Quiet Introduction

Frankfurt 2009: BMW xDrive 750i Gets Quiet Introduction
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It might not have been one of BMW’s main attractions at the Frankfurt Auto Show, but the world premiere of the all-wheel drive 7 Series is a welcome addition to the BMW lineup. For the first time ever, the 7 Series will be offered with AWD, with xDrive being added to both the 750i and… Continue Reading...

Frankfurt 2009: Volvo Delivers on Promise of XC60 R-Design

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Frankfurt 2009: Volvo Delivers on Promise of XC60 R-Design
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At the Frankfurt Auto Show, Volvo officially unveiled a sporty R-Design package for the XC60, giving the brand’s progressive luxury crossover an even more appealing look. Outside the R-Design model gets a new “silk metal” finish for the grille, fog lamp surrounds, mirrors and a silk metal R-Design badge. The side skirts will have an… Continue Reading...

Frankfurt 2009: Hyundai Blue-Will Concept

Frankfurt 2009: Hyundai Blue-Will Concept
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When it comes to hybrid and eco-friendly technology, it looks like blue is the new green. Both Hyundai and Mercedes-Benz have chosen the color blue to represent their environmentally friendly vehicles with their respective Blue Drive and Blue Efficiency brands. Hyundai’s latest hybrid concept, the Blue-Will, is a look into the future of eco-friendly vehicles…. Continue Reading...

Frankfurt 2009: 2010 Dodge Caliber Debuts With Upgraded Interior, More Powerful Base Engine

Frankfurt 2009: 2010 Dodge Caliber Debuts With Upgraded Interior, More Powerful Base Engine
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As expected, Dodge unveiled its updated 2010 Caliber at the Frankfurt Auto Show, with a redesigned interior, more powerful base engine and a new diesel engine for Europe. The car wasn’t getting much attention, however, as it was located in the same hall as all those other brands that fall under the Fiat umbrella. Even… Continue Reading...

Frankfurt 2009: Volvo C30 Gets Sporty New Look for 2010

Frankfurt 2009: Volvo C30 Gets Sporty New Look for 2010
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Volvo to chose the Frankfurt Auto Show to debut a mid-cycle makeover for the C30 premium hatchback. “Since its introduction in 2006, the Volvo C30 has become highly appreciated for its unique appearance. This applies in particular to the rear. With the new front, it feels as though everything has fallen neatly into place and… Continue Reading...

Frankfurt 2009: Ford Grand C-Max Headed to North America

Frankfurt 2009: Ford Grand C-Max Headed to North America
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As we predicted, Ford’s new Grand C-Max will make its way to North America. Freshly unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show, Ford of Europe boss John Flemming made the announcement that the company’s new seven-seat multi-purpose vehicle will make the jump across the pond. Both the Grand C-Max and standard C-Max are based on Ford’s… Continue Reading...

Frankfurt 2009: Mansory Unveils Carbon Widebody Aston Martin DBS

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Frankfurt 2009: Mansory Unveils Carbon Widebody Aston Martin DBS
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Germany exotic car tuner Mansory continues to one-up itself with custom creations, the latest of which is an exposed carbon-body Aston Martin DBS. Looking like something you might find on a race track with black wheels, wider fenders, a massive rear diffuser and an additional spoiler, this custom DBS also sports a very special front… Continue Reading...

Frankfurt 2009: Rolls-Royce Ghost World Premiere

Frankfurt 2009: Rolls-Royce Ghost World Premiere
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It isn’t every day that Rolls-Royce rolls out a new model, let alone the start of a new lineup of cars. In fact, the most luxurious luxury brand on the planet hasn’t had an entirely new model (based on a new platform), since 2003. Sure, there have been the Coupé and Drophead Coupé, but both… Continue Reading...

Frankfurt 2009: Live Photos of Mansory’s Barbie-Pink Bentley

Frankfurt 2009: Live Photos of Mansory’s Barbie-Pink Bentley
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Move over Corvette, Barbie has a new ride. German luxury tuner Mansory unveiled its latest and, quite possibly, most ludicrous vehicle to date at the Frankfurt Auto Show today. Called Vitesse Rosé, this completely reworked Bentley Continental GT Speed is most notable for it’s Barbie-pink paint. Or should we say matte-Barbie-pink. While the pink paint… Continue Reading...

Frankfurt 2009: Brabus Builds An 800 Horsepower Widebody E-Class

Frankfurt 2009: Brabus Builds An 800 Horsepower Widebody E-Class
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Unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show, the latest Brabus E V12 might be typically Brabus in that, like almost all Brabus models, it is “fast, black and expensive.” It’s also very uncharacteristically Brabus-like due to the wider rear end with bizarre fenders that cover over most of the wheels. Add on matte black paint and… Continue Reading...

Frankfurt 2009: Mercedes-Benz BlueZero E-Cell Plus Plug-in Introduced

Frankfurt 2009: Mercedes-Benz BlueZero E-Cell Plus Plug-in Introduced
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Mercedes-Benz introduced its BlueZero E-Cell Plus concept car at the Frankfurt Auto show. The plug-in electric Hybrid can travel up to 100km (62 miles) on electric power before the gasoline engine kicks in to recharge the lithium-ion batteries, enabling an extended range of 600km (373 miles). The engine is a turbocharged 1.0-liter 3-cylinder powerplant producing… Continue Reading...

Frankfurt 2009: Audi S5 Sportback Trades V8 for Supercharged V6

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Frankfurt 2009: Audi S5 Sportback Trades V8 for Supercharged V6
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Audi has expanded its Sportback lineup, by adding an S5 model directly above the A5 Sportback. Unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show, the S5 Sportback is powered by the company’s new supercharged V6 engine rather than the S5 sedan’s 4.2-liter V8. The new model gets quattro all-wheel drive and makes 333-hp and 325 ft-lbs of… Continue Reading...

Frankfurt 2009: Lotus Exige Cup 260 Pictures

Frankfurt 2009: Lotus Exige Cup 260 Pictures
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Lotus displayed its Exige Cup 260 race car at the Frankfurt Auto Show. The race-ready version of the Exige is powered by the same 257-hp supercharged 1.8-liter 4-cylinder as the street car, while weighing just 1,958 lbs. Carbon fiber components include the roof, seats, dash-top, tailgate, center tunnel, front access panels, front splitter, side intake… Continue Reading...

Frankfurt 2009: Mercedes-Benz Introduces E-Class Wagon

Frankfurt 2009: Mercedes-Benz Introduces E-Class Wagon
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Mercedes-Benz is expanding its E-Class family of vehicles with a new wagon. Called the Estate in European markets, the wagon will be available with ten different engine options. The new wagon will launch in November with two gas options and three diesel options: Gas E 350 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY: V6, 3498 cm³, 215 kW/292 hp, 8.6–8.9… Continue Reading...

Frankfurt 2009: Volkswagen Launches 2010 Polo, Including 71-MPG BlueMotion Model

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Frankfurt 2009: Volkswagen Launches 2010 Polo, Including 71-MPG BlueMotion Model
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Volkswagen made a big splash at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show with a total of nine new vehicles, including two new ultra fuel-efficient concepts that will one day see production. Included in the list of “normal” premieres was the 2010 Polo with a BlueMotion option that delivers futuristic fuel-economy right now. The ultra-efficient BlueMotion Polo… Continue Reading...

Frankfurt 2009: Volkswagen E-Up! Electric Concept Debut

Frankfurt 2009: Volkswagen E-Up! Electric Concept Debut
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Debuting alongside the 170mpg L1 concept car at the Frankfurt Auto Show was the zero-emissions E-Up! concept. As the name suggests, this is a pure electric vehicle and it is based on a chassis that will form the basis of a new line of VW city cars starting in 2013. As a 3+1 seater the… Continue Reading...

Frankfurt 2009: Aston Martin Rapide is a Seriously Elegant World Premiere

Frankfurt 2009: Aston Martin Rapide is a Seriously Elegant World Premiere
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After first debuting a concept version at the North American International Auto Show back in 2007, Aston Martin chose the Frankfurt Auto Show to debut what it calls “the most elegant four-door sorts car in the world.” The Rapide joins the Porsche Panamera and Maserati Quattroporte in an emerging segment of performance-oriented sedans. The Rapide… Continue Reading...

Frankfurt 2009: Hyundai Premieres New Tucson ix35

Frankfurt 2009: Hyundai Premieres New Tucson ix35
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Hyundai introduced its new Tucson SUV at the Frankfurt Auto Show. The new Tucson, named the ix35 in Europe, is an example of what Hyundai calls its new “fluidic” design language with its sweeping, curved lines. Hyundai lowered the overall height of the new Tucson while still promising extra legroom and headroom. A new dual-panel… Continue Reading...

Frankfurt 2009: 2011 Saab 9-5 World Premiere

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Frankfurt 2009: 2011 Saab 9-5 World Premiere
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A company in turmoil with a less than certain future, Saab is hedging its bets on the all-new 2011 9-5 luxury sedan, which launched today at the Frankfurt Auto Show. In total, the 9-5 will be offered with five different engines, all of which will be turbocharged and relatively small, meaning fuel-economy should be quite… Continue Reading...

Frankfurt 2009: Porsche 911 Sport Classic Debut

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Frankfurt 2009: Porsche 911 Sport Classic Debut
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Looking more like something that might roll out of one of the many Porsche tuner shops in Germany, than off the production line, the new 911 Sport Classic marks Porsche’s return to building limited edition models. And while these ultra rare cars will make for excellent collectors items, as Porsches they are also incredible driving… Continue Reading...

Frankfurt 2009: Chrome Audi R8 is a Dubai Dream

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Frankfurt 2009: Chrome Audi R8 is a Dubai Dream
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Looking more like something we might find parked in front of the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai than at the booth of a serious German automaker at the Frankfurt Auto Show, Audi had on display an R8 coated in chrome paint. This was no regular R8 either, but the 525-hp V10-powered model capable of… Continue Reading...

Frankfurt 2009: BMW 7 Series Hybrid Faster and More Fuel-Efficient

Frankfurt 2009: BMW 7 Series Hybrid Faster and More Fuel-Efficient
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The second of two production-destined hybrids unveiled by BMW at the Frankfurt Auto Show, the ActiveHybrid 7 Series joins the X6 ActiveHybrid to expand the German automaker’s focus on electric-assisted engines. The ActiveHybrid 7 uses the same twin-turbocharged V8 as found in the 750i, but pairs it with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery… Continue Reading...

Frankfurt 2009: Bentley Mulsanne World Premiere… With Details This Time

Frankfurt 2009: Bentley Mulsanne World Premiere… With Details This Time
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AutoGuide was one of the few media outlets that posted live coverage of the Bentley Mulsanne’s unofficial debut at the Pebble Beach Concour d’Elegance, but the regal British automaker wasn’t willing to cough up any details. Now that the car has been officially unveiled, we have some info – but not all of it. Bentley… Continue Reading...

Frankfurt 2009: BMW 5 Series GT Official World Premiere

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While BMW had plenty of items on display at the Frankfurt Auto Show, just two were official new model premieres. The first was the X1 crossover and the second was the the 5 Series Gran Turismo (GT). BMW has shown a near-complete version of the car several times, but waited for Frankfurt to give full… Continue Reading...
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