Frankfurt 2009: Volkswagen E-Up! Electric Concept Debut

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.

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

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.”

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Frankfurt 2009: Hyundai Premieres New Tucson Ix35

Hyundai introduced its new Tucson SUV at the Frankfurt Auto Show.

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Frankfurt 2009: 2011 Saab 9-5 World Premiere

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.

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Frankfurt 2009: Porsche 911 Sport Classic Debut

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 machines for the genuine enthusiasts.

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Frankfurt 2009: Chrome Audi R8 is a Dubai Dream

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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Frankfurt 2009: BMW 5 Series GT Official World Premiere

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 details.

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Frankfurt 2009: BMW X6 ActiveHybrid Debuts With 480hp

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 hit 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds.

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

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 for some reason it doesn’t look as dorky in real life as VW’s promo photos suggested.

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Frankfurt 2009: Hyundai Introduces Ix-Metro CUV Concept

Hyundai introduced a futuristic crossover concept model, the ix-Metro, at the Frankfurt Auto Show.

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

Maserati debuted its first ever four-seater convertible, the GranCabrio at the Frankfurt Auto Show.

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Frankfurt 2009: Kia Venga Unwrapped

Kia pulled the covers off the Venga, its new B-segment MPV at the Frankfurt Auto Show.

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Frankfurt 2009: Toyota Auris Hybrid Concept Revealed

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.

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