THE GREEN CARS
2015 BMW i8: The new i3 electric hatch isn’t the only i-badged BMW we’ll be seeing this year; another is a new i8 plug-in hybrid sports car that will not only top the i range of cars but also serve as BMW’s flagship. the i8 features a sophisticated drivetrain that pairs a turbocharged and direct-injected 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine with an electric motor. The engine is used to drive the rear wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission while the electric motor powers the front pair via an integrated two-stage auto ‘box. However, both power sources can work together to form a through-the-road all-wheel-drive setup.
2014 Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-In Hybrid
: Mercedes will soon launch a full-size sedan capable of 0-60 mph acceleration in a sports car-like 6.0 seconds but fuel economy as high as 78 mpg. The car is the S500 Plug-In Hybrid, which is based on the latest 2014 S-Class and comes powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine paired in parallel with an electric motor that's powered by a lithium-ion battery stored in the trunk.
2015 Land Rover Range Rover Hybrid
: Land Rover is launching its first-ever hybrid models in the form of the new Range Rover Hybrid and Range Rover Sport Hybrid, which make their world debut next week at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show and go on sale overseas early next year. Both vehicles feature state-of-the-art diesel-electric hybrid powertrains and have not yet been confirmed for sale in the U.S., though a local launch hasn’t been ruled out either. The powertrain is common to both: a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 paired in parallel with an electric motor integrated with the ZF eight-speed automatic already fitted across the line.
BMW Concept X5 eDrive
: BMW is giving us a taste of its upcoming plug-in hybrid X5 SUV with a thinly-veiled concept version dubbed the Concept X5 eDrive. The vehicle claims gas mileage of about 61.8 mpg, speeds up to 75 mph on electricity alone, and an all-electric range of up to 19 miles. At the same time, BMW says the Concept X5 eDrive will hit 60 mph in just 7.0 seconds.
Volkswagen e-Up and e-Golf
: Volkswagen will debut production versions of two new electric cars at the Frankfurt Auto Show next week. The e-Up and e-Golf are the realization of several years of electric car testing by Volkswagen, and mark the automaker's transition to high volume electric car production. Each is largely based on a regular combustion-engined vehicle though neither are expected to be offered in the U.S. for the foreseeable future.
Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R
Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R concept, 2013 Frankfurt Auto ShowEnlarge Photo
: Toyota’s Yaris Hybrid-R is a concept car built to showcase technology from the Japanese automaker’s TS030 Hybrid Le Mans prototype in road car form. At its heart is a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. This is paired with two electric motors, which forms a through-the-road all-wheel-drive setup and system output of 400 horsepower. There are no plans for production just yet, though the concept hints at some of Toyota’s performance-oriented hybrid technology in the pipeline.
That’s it for now, but remember, at any time you’ll be able to access the latest information from the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show via Motor Authority’s dedicated show page.
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