2009 Frankfurt Auto Show

  • Green BMW sports car based on Vision EfficientDynamics Concept rendering

    The striking BMW Vision EfficientDynamics hybrid concept was unquestionably the star concept of September's Frankfurt Motor Show. It proved, once again, that when German carmakers turn their minds toward a new goal--in this case, a sports car with breathtaking fuel efficiency--they can produce audaciously good concepts that often end up as production cars. M1 for the new century? And now it looks like the EfficientDynamics hybrid sports coupe too will be offered for sale, starting in 2013, at a projected volume of 5,000 to 10,000 copies a year. Reports say BMW is viewing the car in the vein...

  • 2009 Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid Concept
    Mercedes-Benz To Launch Pricey Plug-In Hybrid S-Class In 2012

    After lagging in development of hybrid and plug-in cars for years, Mercedes-Benz is now attacking the new technology with a vengeance. The latest proof: reports that it will offer a pricey plug-in hybrid version of its next S-Class large luxury sedan in 2012. The British magazine Autocar writes...

  • Toyota Prius Plug-In Wagon, from BestCar via Woody's Car Site
    2011 Toyota Prius Station Wagon To Feature Lithium-Ion Battery

    We've known for a while that Toyota plans to introduce more Prius body styles to expand the reach of its most recognized and iconic hybrid car. Now, images of a possible 2011 Toyota Prius station wagon have hit the media. At least in Japan. Woody Thompson, proprietor of Woody's Car Site, points us...

  • Renault EV Concepts
    Frankfurt: Ah, the French! Renault's 4 Electric Car Concepts

    French carmaker Renault, whose partner Nissan recently unveiled its 2012 Nissan Leaf compact electric hatchback, showed no fewer than four separate electric-car concepts at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show. All labeled ZE for "zero emissions", they are: Twizy ZE: A tandem two-seater with performance...

  • 2009 Audi R8 e-Tron Concept
    Full Details: Audi e-Tron Electric Supercar, Competition for Tesla?

    Yesterday we brought you the first images of the Audi e-Tron concept car from the Frankfurt Auto Show. Now, we have all the technical details of this stunning supercar propelled purely by electrons. Until now, all we knew was that the e-Tron was based on the regular R8 sports car, with the side...

  • 2009 Volkswagen E-Up! Concept
    Frankfurt Auto Show: Is VW's E-Up Electric Car the Next Beetle?

    With the Frankfurt Auto Show now underway, Volkswagen came out with both guns blazing to underscore its green-car credentials. The latest VW concept is the E-Up, a battery electric version of its Up mini-car, with 80 miles of range. It follows the L1, an ultra-high-mileage diesel two-seater that...

  • Mercedes-Benz E-Cell Plus extended-range electric car, Frankfurt Motor Show, 2009

    It's time: the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show is upon us, and High Gear Media is live at the biggest, hottest Messe in the world to bring you the latest on green cars, diesels, electric cars, hybrid electric vehicles, E-REVs, and NEVs right here at GreenCarReports.com. We've previewed the Frankfurt show for you in the past few weeks, and now we're launching our CoverItLive updates and Twitter feeds to keep you updated on the latest breaking news from the show floor and the annual night of previews that begins in a few hours, on Central European Time. The doors to the eleven halls at the Frankfurt...

  • 2009 Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid Concept
    Frankfurt Auto Show: Plug-In Hybrid Mercedes S-Class Concept

    Every other year, Mercedes-Benz unveils a "Vision" concept car at the Frankfurt Motor Show that points the way to cars it will launch in future years. This year's concept car looks just like a standard 2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Instead, it's the mechanical parts that are remarkable: It's a...

  • 2009 Fisker Karma
    2010 Fisker Karma: 67 MPG AND 0-to-62-mph In Under 6 Seconds

    The 2010 Fisker Karma will be the world's first production series hybrid, or extended-range electric vehicle, when it comes off the line late this year. Customer deliveries will start next May. Just prior to the Karma's German debut at next week's Frankfurt Auto Show, the company released emissions...

  • Lotus Range Extender 1.2-liter, three-cylinder engine and generator
    Let the Range Extender Wars Begin: Lotus Unveils Tiny Engine

    We've written before about upcoming tiny, powerful engines that perform like much bigger versions but get far better gas mileage. Now, British sports-car maker Lotus has used those lessons in an engine designed just for the extended-range electric vehicles of the future. At next week's Frankfurt...

  • Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Concept
    Final Version of Production Prius Plug-In For Frankfurt Auto Show

    While literally hundreds of Toyota Prius owners have laid down thousands of dollars (in some cases, tens of thousands) by now for plug-in conversions, Toyota has proceeded slowly. Now it is showing what it says is the final version of its prototype Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid at the Frankfurt Motor...

  • Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Concept
    Toyota Prius Plug-In To Launch at Frankfurt Auto Show

    Toyota will show the final version of its prototype Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid at the Frankfurt Motor Show two weeks hence, trying to keep up with the flurry of electric, hybrid, and diesel concepts to be shown there. With numerous concepts from German automakers, and GM pulling out all the...

  • BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept

    BMW's legendary M series performance cars use big, brawny, turbocharged gasoline engines. The 2009 BMW M5, for example, has a 500-horsepower, 5.0-liter V-10. How many cylinders ??? Where ??? But the concept car BMW will unveil in two weeks at the Frankfurt Motor Show promises "the performance of an M vehicle" from a very different source: a tiny, rear-mounted three-cylinder diesel, mated to a plug-in hybrid electric system. Clearly, Hell has just frozen over. From this highly unlikely powertrain, BMW claims a 0-to-62-mph time of 4.8 seconds, and a top speed of 155 mph. And would you believe...

  • 2009 Mini Coupe Concept
    Mini Coupe Concept Celebrates 50 Years of Minis, Targets Audi TT

    On Wednesday, August 26, 1959, a new type of small car was unveiled in Austin and Morris dealerships across Britain. Many buyers didn't know quite what to make of the Morris Mini-Minor and Austin 7even (yep, that's what they called it--for a very short while). It had seats for four, it was just 10...

  • Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 Concept
    Peugeot To Show First Production Diesel Hybrid, For Europe Only

    We're pretty focused on the US car market here at GreenCarReports.com, so we don't write about cars we won't be able to buy all that often. Today, we're making an exception for a particularly significant technology advance. Next month, at the Frankfurt Motor Show, French automaker Peugeot will...

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