Beijing Auto Show: Volkswagen E-Bugster, show news #1

April 24, 2012 § Leave a comment

First round-up of Beijing Auto Show news. Volkswagen is previewing the next-generation Beetle Cabriolet with the E-Bugster, a drop-top version of the coupe seen earlier this year in Detroit: this has a 115hp electric motor, a range of 110 miles, a 35-minute fast-charge function, regenerative braking and a 0-60mph time of 10.9 seconds. It’s 30mm wider than a standard Beetle and has its windscreen lowered by 9-mm for speedster effect; check out also the modified bumpers and LED daytime running lights.

  • BMW’s i8 Concept Spyder is showing off a new badge in Beijing: it reads eDrive, and this will be seen on all of BMW’s upcoming electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.
  • Volkswagen aims to get the average CO2 emissions of its fleet down to 120g/km by 2015. It’s also aiming to clean up its production plants and operations, reducing energy and water consumption, waste and emissions, by 25% by 2018, and cutting production CO2 by 40%. It is investing 600million euros into renewable energy, including solar, wind and hydroelectric, at its facilities. Full read of the just-released 2011 Sustainability Report here.
  • More details on the proposed plug-in hybrid powertrain option for that phenomenally vulgar Bentley EXP 9F. It’ll feature a V6 engine, do 0-62mph in less than five seconds, emit 130 g/km and have an all-electric range of 30km. But yeah, the example on show in Beijing has a 6.0-litre, 600bhp twin-turbo W12.
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