Frankfurt 2009: BMW X6 ActiveHybrid Debuts With 480hp

Frankfurt 2009: BMW X6 ActiveHybrid Debuts With 480hp
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Alongside several other “Efficient Dynamics” models that were officially unveiled at today’s Frankfurt Auto Show was the X6 ActiveHybrid with no less that 480hp. Using a 400hp twin-turbocharged V8 engine from the X6 and combining it with two electric motors the X6 hybrid achieves a massive 480hp and 575 ft-lbs of torque, enabling it to… Continue Reading...

Frankfurt 2009: Volkswagen L1 Concept Gets 170 MPG, Production Planned for 2013

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Frankfurt 2009: Volkswagen L1 Concept Gets 170 MPG, Production Planned for 2013
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As Germany’s largest automaker, Volkswagen had big news at the Frankfurt Auto Show today with numerous new models that boast impressive fuel-economy. But even the BlueMotion Polo has nothing on the fuel-economy of the L1 Concept, a tiny two seater that uses just 1.38 liters of diesel per 100 km – that’s 170 mpg. And… Continue Reading...

Frankfurt 2009: Hyundai Introduces ix-Metro CUV Concept

Frankfurt 2009: Hyundai Introduces ix-Metro CUV Concept
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Hyundai introduced a futuristic crossover concept model, the ix-Metro, at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Drawing inspiration from NASA, science fiction and pine cones (yes, pine cones), the Hyundai ix-Metro was the result of an internal design competition. Design features such as faceted surfaces and triangulating lines along the bonnet, side and rear panels are a… Continue Reading...

Frankfurt 2009: GranCabrio Completes Maserati’s Three-Pronged Attack

Frankfurt 2009: GranCabrio Completes Maserati’s Three-Pronged Attack
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Maserati debuted its first ever four-seater convertible, the GranCabrio at the Frankfurt Auto Show. The GranCabrio joins the Quattroporte sedan and the GranTurismo coupe in Maserati’s product line-up, giving the company what it calls the three prongs of the Trident. The GranCabrio will be powered by the company’s top-level 4.7-liter V8, making 433hp. This seems… Continue Reading...

Frankfurt 2009: Kia Venga Unwrapped

Frankfurt 2009: Kia Venga Unwrapped
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Kia pulled the covers off the Venga, its new B-segment MPV at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Based on the No. 3 concept shown at the Geneva show earlier this year, the Venga will be sold across Europe with Kia’s seven-year drive train / five-year whole car / 150,000 km warranty, as well as a ten-year… Continue Reading...

Frankfurt 2009: Toyota Auris Hybrid Concept Revealed

Frankfurt 2009: Toyota Auris Hybrid Concept Revealed
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Toyota is planning to offer hybrid versions of all of its vehicles by 2020 and the next step in that process is a Hybrid Synergy Drive version of the Corolla-based Auris hatchback sold in the U.K. Toyota unveiled a prototype of that vehicle, the Auris HSD Concept at the Frankfurt Auto Show today. The Auris… Continue Reading...

Frankfurt 2009: Mazda MX-5 Superlight Revealed

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Mazda unveiled its MX-5 Superlight concept roadster at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Though pictures were leaked ahead of the show, seeing the Superlight version of the MX-5 in person was still impressive. Created by Mazda’s European design team to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the first MX-5, the Superlight version weights 2,194 lbs (995 kg),… Continue Reading...

Frankfurt 2009: Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid Concept Recharges in Just 90 Minutes

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Until now we weren’t overly impressed with Toyota’s idea for a plug-in Prius hybrid, along the lines of the Chevy Volt. There’s still a lot we don’t know (including, hopefully, a lower price point), but today at the Frankfurt Auto Show, Toyota announced that the Prius Plug-In Hybrid Concept would be able to recharge fully… Continue Reading...

Frankfurt 2009: Lexus LF-Ch Hybrid Hatchback Debut

Frankfurt 2009: Lexus LF-Ch Hybrid Hatchback Debut
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Despite a strong presence on this side of the Atlantic, Lexus has yet to penetrate the European market. But they folks at Toyota’s luxury arm are hoping that a premium level hatchback in the compact segment – that also just so happens to be a hybrid – will help them win over a new (younger)… Continue Reading...

Frankfurt 2009: Lotus returning to Formula One

Frankfurt 2009: Lotus returning to Formula One
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Lotus is returning to Formula One racing with a team run by the Malaysian government and a group of Malaysian investors. The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile selected the Lotus F1 Team to replace the withdrawing BMW team in the 2010 season. Lotus will be the 13th team, restoring the brand as an F1 constructor for… Continue Reading...

Frankfurt 2009: Audi R8 Spyder World Premiere

Frankfurt 2009: Audi R8 Spyder World Premiere
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At long last, its here; Audi’s R8 Spyder. With rumors of the car emerging almost simultaneously with the launch of the original V8-powered R8, it’s been a long time coming. Powered by the Lamborghini sourced 5.2-liter V10, the Spyder makes 525hp, allowing it to hit 62 mph in 4.1 seconds and blast on to a… Continue Reading...

Frankfurt 2009: First Live Shots of 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo

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For 2010 the Porsche 911 Turbo gets a long list of improvements including an all-new, larger 3.8-liter engine. Possibly more important, however, is the fact that the clumsy bush-buttons have been replaced with paddle shifters with the addition of Porsche’s impressive 7-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission. As for that engine, it’s the first entirely new one… Continue Reading...

Frankfurt 2009: Ferrari Unveils 458 Italia

Frankfurt 2009: Ferrari Unveils 458 Italia
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Ferrari introduced the 458 Italia, the F430 replacement, at the Frankfurt Auto Show today. Appearing on the company’s stand were two models, one in a traditional Rosso Corsa and the other in Giallo Modena Tristrato (pictured above). Using an aluminum chassis and plenty of other light weight metals and materials the 458 Italia weighs an… Continue Reading...

Frankfurt 2009: Lamborghini Reventón Roadster World Premiere

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Frankfurt 2009: Lamborghini Reventón Roadster World Premiere
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Unveiled in a stunning light-matte-gray color called Reventón Grey, Lamborghini drew back the covers on Reventón Roadster at the Frankfurt Auto Show today. With just 15 models scheduled to be built Lamborghini’s pre-unveiling video reminded those in attendance that while your chances of climbing Mount Everest at 2,000,000 to 1 and your chance of having… Continue Reading...

Frankfurt 2009: Audi E-Tron Electric R8 is For Real

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Frankfurt 2009: Audi E-Tron Electric R8 is For Real
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After plenty of rumors, denials and leaked images that looked like a photoshop hack job, Audi has officially taken the wraps off the E-Tron Concept, an electric R8… of sorts. And if you still find it all hard to believe, it might take some convincing to accept that the car’s power output numbers are for… Continue Reading...

Frankfurt 2009: Volkswagen Golf R World Premiere

Frankfurt 2009: Volkswagen Golf R World Premiere
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Sure Volkswagen’s main stage was reserved for environmentally friendly BlueMotion diesels, but is there was no car on the German automakers stand that deserves the spotlight like the 265hp Golf R. We have to admit being a little disappointed that the car won’t get the same turbo five-cylinder as found in the TT-RS, but sharing… Continue Reading...

Frankfurt 2009: Gullwing Mercedes SLS AMG World Premiere

Frankfurt 2009: Gullwing Mercedes SLS AMG World Premiere
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Mercedes introduced the SLS AMG supercar, the spiritual successor to the legendary 300SL Gullwing, at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Lewis Hamilton, the 2008 Formula One World Champion, was on hand for the SLS AMG’s premiere, hopping into the supercar’s driver seat as the press mobbed him. Powered by the same 6.2-liter V8 engine found in… Continue Reading...

Frankfurt 2009: 2010 Porsche GT3 RS, First Live Photos

Frankfurt 2009: 2010 Porsche GT3 RS, First Live Photos
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Porsche has just unveiled the 2010 GT3 RS model at the Frankfurt Auto Show, with more power, a wider front track, a reduced curb weight and increased downforce. When combined the GT3 RS gets even better and continues to be a motorsports-derived masterpiece. Thanks to an increased displacement from 3.6 to 3.8-liters, the new engine… Continue Reading...

Frankfurt 2009: BMW Officially Unveils X1 Crossover

Frankfurt 2009: BMW Officially Unveils X1 Crossover
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BMW has just unveiled its smallest SUV, the X1, and now for the first time we know what model North America will get. AutoGuide was invited to test drive an X1 prototype several months back and while we were impressed, the 23d diesel model was not headed for our shores. What we will get will… Continue Reading...

Frankfurt 2009: First Live Photos of the MINI Roadster

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MINI unveiled its new Roadster model alongside the the Coupe at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Sharing the same platform as the Coupe, the MINI Roadster is nearly identical to its sibling from the waist down. Above the waistline, the Roadster features a manually opening convertible roof. Like the MINI Coupe, the MINI Roadster’s windshield slopes… Continue Reading...

Frankfurt 2009: Audi R8 Spyder Details and Photos Released

Frankfurt 2009: Audi R8 Spyder Details and Photos Released
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Just prior to its debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show later today, Audi has release a full gallery of images of the drop-top R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI. Powered by the Lamborghini sourced 5.2-liter V10, the Spyder makes 525hp, allowing it to hit 62 mph in 4.1 seconds and blast on to a top speed of… Continue Reading...

Official: Lamborghini Confirms Reventón Roadster for Frankfurt With 670 Horsepower

Official: Lamborghini Confirms Reventón Roadster for Frankfurt With 670 Horsepower
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Lamborghini has just confirmed that the Reventon Roadster will debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show tomorrow, but more importantly, it will come with the LP670 SV’s high-output 670hp engine. With full power at 8000 rpm, torque of 487 ft-lbs is available as of 6000 rm. When combined with Lamborghini’s all-wheel drive system the car blasts… Continue Reading...

Frankfurt Preview: BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics gets 57.4 mpg

Frankfurt Preview: BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics gets 57.4 mpg
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BMW is unveiling a high-mileage Efficient Dynamics Edition 320d sedan at the Frankfurt Auto Show with a claimed fuel mileage of 57.36 mpg with CO2 emissions rating of 109 g/km. Helping the 320d reach such figures are the fitted wheels and a lowered body, reducing the drag coefficient to 0.26. Parasitic losses are reduced by… Continue Reading...

Frankfurt Preview: Golf R Revealed With 265hp and All-Wheel Drive

Frankfurt Preview: Golf R Revealed With 265hp and All-Wheel Drive
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Forget the GTI or R32, Volkswagen has just released the Golf R, a high-performance, turbocharged, all-wheel drive hot hatch. We have to admit being a little disappointed that the car won’t get the same turbo five-cylinder as found in the TT-RS, but sharing the powerplant with the TT-S is nothing to scoff at. Instead of… Continue Reading...