Pre-Frankfurt round-up

September 4, 2013 § Leave a comment

Audi_Sport_Quattro_Concept_Audi_46337The Frankfurt Motor Show is imminent – next week – so time for a very quick round-up of relevant-to-us debuts. Lots of hybrid and plug-in hybrid hardware, a handful of EVs and some fuel cell activity.

  • Audi Sport quattro concept (pictured): Coupe celebrating 30-year anniversary of the Audi quattro, a 690bhp plug-in hybrid.
  • Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid, launch of Panamera S E-Hybrid.
  • An all-hybrid stand from Toyota, including Yaris Hybrid-R (sporty hot hatch) and preview of tech for the next-gen Prius/Prius Plug-In. Plus update on fuel cell/hydrogen plan and FCV-R fuel cell concept, a four-door saloon previewing a 2015 production car.
  • Lexus LF-NX concept – hybrid crossover to take on Range Rover Evoque.
  • Volvo Concept Coupe, with new DRIV-E four-cylinder engine plus hybrid system to give V8-style performance; based on new lightweight scalable product architecture (SPA) platform.
  • Kia Niro – gullwing-doored city car/SUV concept (Nissan Juke-style) with an “innovative new powertrain”.
  • Volkswagen e-Golf and e-Up!, all-electric and production-ready.
  • Peugeot 208 Hybrid FE (petrol-electric, 49g/km, 141mpg-plus).
  • BMW Concept X5 eDrive plug-in hybrid, plus production-ready i8, Concept Active Tourer (1-Series GT) plug-in hybrid, and lots of i3 launch activity.
  • Opel Monza – fully-wired and connected coupe concept with CNG-fuelled range-extended powertrain. Probably just a preview of next-gen Opel/Vauxhall design thinking.
  • Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-In Hybrid.

And in other news so far this week, in no particular order:

Will catch up on the wider automobility news later this week: am following #mobsfutures13 on Twitter. Conference, CeMoRe, Lancaster University: more here.

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