Audi's stand at the Frankfurt Auto Show resembled a small city and likely cost over $20 million. The newly energized art team at CarandDriver's broken it down for this info-porn graphic. Only thing missing? Pounds of white sausage served. [CarandDriver]
Everyone else is reimagining their beloved older cars, and now Citroen has jumped on the bandwagon. It's too bad they didn't realize part of the appeal of the 2CV was that it didn't look like futuristic swine.
What we thought was an electric minivan is in fact a quiet little "3+1" city car. What we believed to be an 82-horsepower zero emissions concept was just that. Volkswagen says it's the Beetle of the future; we're thinking Polo.
We get it Renault, we really do. You're "green," you're "eco-friendly," just please, never four electric cars at one show ever again. Even if this particular example, the Renault Fluence ZE, is actually attractive.
Not content to bring just the kinda-weird Renault Zeo ZE concept, the crazy Frenchmen went bonkers with the crazy square-wheeled Renault Twizy ZE electric concept. It's almost weirder than the Peugeot BB1. Almost.
Let's get this straight. A toy carmaker that's never made a real car plans to mass-produce an electric — something no automaker's successfully done — branded as a Trabant, the world-wide symbol of Communist-era crap-cars. Oh yes, this'll end well.
What happens when newly-monied Russians design a super car? You get the successor to the first Russian super car, the B1. It's the Marussia B2 and it's got looks to shame a Ferrari Enzo and, supposedly, a 420HP Cosworth mill.
The accessories convey the subtle message assuring everyone knows BMWs are still for a certain class of people as this BMW X1 made its formal debut fully kitted-out for a weekend skiing in the Alps.
We'd been fantasizing about the symphony of a 450 HP 3.8-liter flat-six all morning, and now that we've sampled it and seen the car on the track, the $132,800 asking price doesn't seem all that unreasonable.
Porsche's fancy new President and CEO Michael Macht, speaking at the Frankfurt Motor Show, stated the performance brand is developing hybrid and electric powertrains for sports cars. However, current batteries aren't "sufficient to meet Porsche's strict requirements." Press release below.