Frankfurt Motor Show: newsbriefs

September 13, 2011 § Leave a comment

Paid work taking priority today. So here’s just a series of pointers in the right direction:

  • Picture – Volvo Concept You. Mostly a design study, but also shows off Volvo’s new lightweight ‘scalable platform architecture’, suitable for plug-in powertrain options, KERS, downsized engines etc. (More here).
  • Mercedes-Benz F125: a gullwinged ‘rolling lab’ for the next-gen S-Class, hydrogen-fuelled. Four motors, equivalent of 105mpg. More at Autocar, most detailed lowdown on its tech at Green Car Congress, which also has the story on the B-Class E-Cell Plus, an extended-range EV concept.
  • That Vauxhall concept’s called the RAKe. Tandem two-seater, 60-mile range, rival for Renault Twizy. More at Car. Electric Opel/Vauxhall ‘Junior’ is cancelled though, say reports.
  • Lowdown on the Volkswagen Up! family at Autocar. Electric e-Up! confirmed for 2013, with 80-mile range, 85mph top speed and 60kW motor; Eco Up! has 1.0-litre, three-cyl natural gas-powered engine (66bhp) and emits 79g/km; like the GT Up (98bhp) and the beach-buggy version, too.
  • Brabus is proposing all-electric and hybrid high-performance Benz conversions; lowdown at Autoblog.
  • Decent pic of the Fisker Surf here. A more appealing option than the Maserati Kubang? Well, it’s got its extended-range EV powertrain going for it. More detail on the car here, though nowt not said already.
  • Detailed rundown on the hybrid Jaguar C-X16 at Autocar.
  • Rolls-Royce 102EX – the electric testbed – is at Frankfurt too. No word on production.
  • Hyundai’s displaying the new-look i30, plus bringing back the i10-based BlueOn EV again; this has a 140km range, and a test fleet is being used by the Korean government till 2012 to study infrastructure demands prior to a production decision. Sonata HEV (hybrid) also on display; no plans to sell this in Europe.
  • Video of BMW i3 and i8 at Car Design News, interview with designer Adrian van Hooydonk.


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