Electric Cars are Front & Center at Frankfurt Auto Show

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Elec­tric cars by Ger­man builders are just some of the near­ly 70 world pre­mieres at the 65th edi­tion of the IAA auto show in Frank­furt, Ger­many.

Get a look at some of the hottest con­cepts as Europe tries to get back on track.

Elec­tric cars by Ger­man builders are just some of the near­ly 70 world pre­mieres at the 65th edi­tion of the IAA auto show open­ing lat­er this week.

Ger­man pre­mi­um mak­er BMW has an entire hall to itself where pride of place will be giv­en to the new i3, its first-ever ful­ly elec­tric mod­el with a dri­ving range of between 130–300 kilo­me­tres (80–186 miles) which is sched­uled to hit Europe’s show­rooms in Novem­ber.

Anoth­er hot­ly await­ed mod­el at the show, open­ing in Frank­furt on Thurs­day, will be BMW’s plug-in hybrid, the i8.

The Munich-based group will also present the defin­i­tive ver­sion of its new Series 4, the coupe ver­sion of its Series 3 lim­ou­sine and the x5 eDrive pro­to­type, a plug-in hybrid take on its x5 SUV.

Volk­swa­gen, Europe’s biggest car mak­er, is also going elec­tric with its first ful­ly elec­tric mod­els, the e-Golf and the e-Up!.

The e-Up!, a four-seater with a start­ing price of 26,900 euros ($35,490) and a range of 160 kilo­me­tres, will go on sale in Ger­many in Octo­ber.

VW will also show off its Golf R, a revved-up 300 horse-pow­er ver­sion of its peren­ni­al Golf.

Mer­cedes-Benz is look­ing to draw the crowds with its con­cept S-Class Coupe and a third ver­sion of its A-Class—the com­pact sports SUV which is a rival to Audi Q3 and the BMW X1.

Smart is set to unveil a pro­to­type of its door-less four-seater Four­Joy, while Opel is hop­ing to cre­ate a buzz with its Mon­za con­cept car, a hybrid intend­ed to lead the way for the brand-new style of the group’s upcom­ing mod­els.

Sports car enthu­si­asts can gape in won­der at the Lam­borgh­i­ni Gal­lar­do LP570-4 Squadra Corse, a lim­it­ed edi­tion with 570 horse-pow­er, or the hybrid Porsche 918 Spy­der with close to 900 horse-pow­er under its bon­net.

Renault will lift the lid on a new con­cept car that will pre­fig­ure the suc­ces­sor of its Espace mini-van mod­el in the form of a top-of-the-range crossover. The French group’s efforts in this field are being close­ly watched fol­low­ing the fail­ure of its Vel­Satis and Avan­time mod­els.

 

 

 

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