Frankfurt Motor Show Preview: Part 2
In the days leading up to the show there will no doubt be more information coming from the manufacturers regarding their new unveils at the Frankfurt Motor Show. We will be keeping you updated here on the blog on the latest
New Opel ‘affordable’ electric car
Opel is to reveal a concept with ‘production potential’ at this month’s Frankfurt show that it says ‘could revolutionise urban transport, especially for younger drivers and those on a very tight budget. A battery-powered electric vehicle, the low, rakish concept will be highly affordable (according to Opel), have a 100km range and be capable of 130km/h. The concept will be practical too, allowing two seats in a tandem layout, and its low weight – around a third of a small modern car’s – should allow it to be agile and fun to drive.
The i3 electric car is just a concept for now, but little is expected to change on the car when it goes on sale in 2013. We can expect this to be an expensive first step by BMW into the EV market, but it will be very much aimed at the iPad generation. With a 170hp rear-drive electric motor in a carbon fibre body shell, the i3 is likely to be no slouch. This light weight is also expected to help the range which BMW is saying should be between 130km and 160km from full charge. There is also likely to be a model with a range extender petrol or diesel engine at some point in the future. Expect this to cost around €40,000 when it goes on sale in 2013.
At this stage we are starting to get familiar with the DS3 range and at this point understand that it an outlet for Citroen’s inherent flamboyance. We have had the DS3 and DS4 on sale in Ireland now for a while, but this is to be joined by a DS5, which for now at least, will be the flagship of this range. Although you might assume that it sits on the C5 platform, it in fact sits on an all-new platform and unlike the C5 which has steel spring suspension, the DS5 sits on a hydraulic set-up. The aim of the DS5 is not to be sporty, but is rather to be ultra comfy, like Citroens of old. Power will come from a 2.0-litre diesel engine putting out 163hp diesel engine, which is aided by a 37hp rear wheel drive electric motor. This hybrid will have emissions of 99g/km. There will be more conventional petrol and diesel powertrains available, but all will have low emissions.
Fiat’s Panda has been a massive seller across Europe and we can understand why. The theory has often held, that Fiat are at their best when they are producing small cars and we can expect this to be a gem. Because this car is so beloved, Fiat hasn’t altered the styling too much, but there are significant changes when it comes to the dimensions. The new car has grown, with better room for passengers and their luggage. There is a new engine range too, with buyers able to choose from two TwinAir twin cylinder engines - an 85hp TwinAir Turbo or the new 65hp naturally aspirated TwinAir, both with Stop/Start as standard. The 69hp 1.2-litre Fire engine will complete the petrol engine range, but there will also be 75hp 1.3-litre MultiJet 2 diesel engine, also with Stop/Start.
Honda has launched the first image of the 2012 European Civic, ahead of its world debut at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show in September.The new Civic features a rear combination light that works as an aerodynamic spoiler, managing air flow over the top and sides of the car.The ninth generation Civic hatchback will have, according to Honda “stand-out looks combined with class-leading space for passengers and luggage”. The new Civic will go on sale in 2012 and Honda engineers have spent a huge amount of time improving the ride quality and handling of the car. The car retains a torsion beam suspension system – but in this latest set-up uses fluid-filled compliance bushes to improve overall ride performance and handling. It has also been strengthened to give better stability.