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Monday, 12 September 2011

Automotive showcase

The Engineer
Sept 12, 2011

Tomorrow sees the start of the Frankfurt Motor Show where 900 exhibitors have convened to peddle their technology and services.

Briefing has taken a quick look the alternatively fuelled vehicles on show, picking three for your perusal.

Vauxhall/Opel says it will reveal what it describes as a striking concept with ‘production potential’ at the Frankfurt show.

The company goes onto say that the two-seat, battery-powered electric vehicle would be highly affordable and have a 60-mile range and be capable of 75mph.

Inspired by the Ampera, the concept is claimed to have the potential to create a new class of light-weight, zero-emissions electric vehicles in the UK and Europe.

More details will be revealed tomorrow.

Audi is set to introduce an all-electric four-seat concept with a 124 mile range.

A multi-material hybrid approach to its construction has led to a vehicle that weighs 1,150kg.

The vehicle’s lithium ion battery-powered electric motor delivers 116PS and 270Nm, allowing the car to go from 0-62mph in 9.3 seconds and to travel at a tops speed of 93mph.

Jaguar will be debuting the C-X16 concept two-seater

Jaguar says the C-X16 is powered by a supercharged 3.0-litre V6 producing 380PS (280kW) and 332 lb ft (450Nm) of torque.

The hybrid system is controlled by a steering-wheel mounted ‘Push to Pass’ button that boosts output by 70kW and 235Nm.

Further performance highlights inclue a top speed of 186mph, 0-62 mph in 4.4 seconds and 50-75 mph acceleration in 2.1 seconds with CO2 emissions of 165 g/km.


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