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.
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.