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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