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

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.


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