Frankfurt Auto Show to offer plenty of hybrids, exotic sports cars

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FRANKFURT, Ger­many - The world's automakers are showing off their shiniest, most advanced vehicles at the biennial Frankfurt Auto Show, which opens to the public Saturday and runs through Sept. 22.  A number of new cars are powered by batteries or hybrid gas-electric systems.

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Ferrari's 458 Speciale will be displayed at the Frankfurt Auto Show, which runs Saturday through Sept. 22. It is billed as a more aggressive take on the 458 Italia.  FERRARI/ASSOCIATED PRESS
FERRARI/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Ferrari's 458 Speciale will be displayed at the Frankfurt Auto Show, which runs Saturday through Sept. 22. It is billed as a more aggressive take on the 458 Italia.

Outlandish concept cars flaunt technology and design but aren't intended for sale. Here are 10 of the most eagerly awaited cars on display at the show:

• BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car: Uses carbon fiber parts to achieve light weight and quick acceleration - 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds.

Volkswagen e-Golf electric-only compact: VW takes the plunge into electric vehicles with a version of its sales leader it says has a range of 118 miles.

BMW Concept X5 eDrive hybrid electric: A large, luxurious SUV that BMW says gets an average 62 mpg.

Peugeot 308 hatchback: French automaker PSA Peugeot Citroen badly needs this new model to be a winner in a rough European market.

Ferrari 458 Speciale: Has adjustable aerodynamic elements to keep it on the road at high speed. Goes from 0-62 mph in a breathtaking 3 seconds.

Mercedes-Benz S500 plug-in hybrid: The luxury brand’s flagship S-Class sedan already had a hybrid version – but this one has more horses and luxury.

Opel Monza concept: This concept car should provide clues to future designs from GM’s European subsidiary, which is struggling.

Audi Sport Quattro concept plug-in hybrid: A four-seat coupe with big air intakes and 700 horses from its electric motor and 4-liter V-8. Top speed: 190 mph.

Dacia Duster: This moderately priced SUV from Renault’s Romanian brand has been a big seller; the 2014 version is getting an updated front end.

Toyota Yaris Hybrid R concept: High-performance hybrid technology, this compact juggles power from three electric motors and a four-cylinder turbocharged engine to generate 400-plus horsepower.


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