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Toyota Unleashes Yaris Hybrid R Concept in Frankfurt

While it may just be a proof of concept at the moment, the Toyota Yaris Hybrid R Concept that was unveiled in Frankfurt at the 2013 IAA is mighty impressive and puts other automakers on alert. Toyota has taken technology developed for the race track and has transferred it to a production vehicle–ignore the flashy “concepty” body work they’ve slapped on.

The Hybrid R Concept features a 300 horsepower 1.6L 4-cylinder gas engine, which by the way is impressive on its own in a car like the Yaris but add on a pair of electric motors at each rear wheel for another 120 horsepower and you’ve officially got a hot hatch. Move over Volkswagen Golf R! What sets the Yaris Hybrid R apart from other sporty hybrids is the lack of a traditional (heavy) lithium ion battery.

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The Stunning Mercedes-Benz Concept S-Class Coupe


The new S-Class has been making waves lately with its futuristic self-driving technology, unrivaled comfort, redefining the definition of a luxurious automobile. Mercedes-Benz takes it one step forward by lopping off 2 doors, and creating this beautiful Concept S-Class Coupe, which we will see, albeit in less flashy production trim, on showroom floors next year. For now, we can feast our eyes on the concept version unveiled in Frankfurt at the 2013 IAA.

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Jaguar Unveils C-X17 Concept, Preview of Future Q-Type?

Automakers have always lined up their model productions to what consumers want; they are in the money making game afterall. Increasingly this has meant SUVs and crossovers. If you recall, Porsche was in dire financial times before they launched the Cayenne. Porsche fans cried foul that their beloved automaker would ruin the brand by launching the SUV, but without the Cayenne, Porsche may not even be around today. Jaguar may be the latest automaker who will introduce a crossover into their lineup if the C-X17 Concept is any indication. The automaker unveiled the concept at this years Frankfurt Motor Show.

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Chevy Camaro Loses Its Lid in Germany

I was expecting the Chevy to unveil the Camaro Convertible in Los Angeles at the LA Auto Show but instead they announced last month that they were going to unveil it in Frankfurt at the 2013 IAA and here it is. The Camaro Convertible looks exactly as you’d expect, receiving the same design updates as the coupe that was unveiled in New York.

To refresh, the new Camaro gets a redesigned front fascia with an enlarged lower grill and a narrower top grill giving the front end a much more aggressive look to it. The vented hood completes the muscular front end. Out back a sculpted rear deck lid, horizontal taillights and a diffuser complete the new look.

North American pricing was not available but the roofless model carries a €5000 premium over the coupe in Germany.

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Porsche 918 Spyder Debuts with Blistering Ring Time

Porsche unveiled the final production version of its new super sportscar plug-in hybrid in Frankfurt, the 918 Spyder, to news that it has lapped the famed Nurburgring with a time of 6 minutes and 57 seconds, a full 14 seconds off the previous record.

I wrote about the 918 Spyder during our Porsche IAA 2013 preview, so I’ll just copy and paste it here if you missed it:

The highly anticipated Porsche 918 Spyder, the first plug-in hybrid by the automaker, will be making its world debut. The 918 Spyder has made its rounds at auto shows already but this will be the final production version. A 4.6L V8 engine outputting over 600 horsepower will be paired up with a set of electric motors that produce 155 and 125 horsepower for a combined hybrid power output of over 887 horsepower! 100 km/h arrives from a standstill in just 2.8 seconds and all it’ll take is 3.0L / 100km. For short trips to the grocery store, the 918 Spyder can operate on pure electric power with a range of just over 30km.

See more 918 Spyder Pictures and Video of the ‘Ring Laptime


BMW Unveils the BMW i8 In Frankfurt at IAA

Hybrids are the name of the game in today’s automotive world, even when we’re talking about high-end, high-performance supercars. Porsche just unveiled their plug-in hybrid super sportscar, the 918 Spyder, to news that it had smashed the nurburgring record by 14 seconds. It doesn’t seem all that long ago that whenever we heard the word “hybrid” we thought of cars like the Toyota Prius, not nurburgring laptime record holders. While the BMW i8 is not about to set any records, it does reiterate the fact that hybrids and high-performance are not mutually exclusive.

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Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) Preview – Porsche

We showcased some of the vehicles that Audi will be unveiling and what Mercedes-Benz will be bringing to the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show — or IAA (Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung) but with Porsche celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 911, we know they’ll be bringing a fleet of special edition vehicles. Here’s what we know about the Porsche booth at IAA 2013.

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Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) Preview – BMW


BMW’s is premiering the 2015 BMW i8 plug in hybrid sports car at the Frankfurt Auto Show. The leaked photos seen here shows what’s been changed since the concept version 2 years ago. The doors are no longer all glass, and are sized proportionately to the rest of the car. The i8 features a 3 cylinder 1.5L turbo engine developing 231hp, coupled with a 6 speed automatic gearbox that propels the rear wheels. The front wheels are powered by a 131hp electric motor through a 2 speed automatic transmission. This setup, in full power mode, allows the i8 to run 0-100km/h in only 4.5 seconds, with a top speed of 250km/h. All this while delivering average fuel economy of 2.5L/100km.

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Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) Preview – Mercedes-Benz


Mercedes-Benz is set to unveil several new cars and concepts at the Frankfurt Motor Show this week. The AMG variant of the all new S-Class debuts as the S63 AMG. Fitted with the tried and true 5.5L V8 twin turbo powerplant, the S63 pumps out 577hp and 663 lb-ft of torque. Weighing 250lbs less than its predecessor, the S63 propels itself to 100km/h in 4 seconds flat, thanks to its 4matic drivetrain and MCT sports transmission.

Along with the S63 AMG, Mercedes-Benz is introducing the S500 Plug-in Hybrid, which averages a staggering 3L/100km of consumption. A 107hp electric motor is paired to a new 3.0L V6 Twin Turbo engine with 328hp, bringing total power output of the S500 Hybrid to 436hp, and 0-100km/h sprints of 5.5 seconds. This new V6 engine will also power next year’s C400 model, a direct competitor to BMW’s 335. The biggest difference with the S500 Plug-in Hybrid is the ability to charge by plugging in the vehicle.

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Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) Preview – Audi

The Frankfurt Motor Show or as its more commonly known, the IAA (Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung) – International Motor Show is fast approaching and there are quite a few interesting debuts this year. Audi is set to unveil a few production cars along with a couple concepts, one of which we’ve seen before (sort of). Let’s start with the production vehicles that we expect Audi will be debuting. The refreshed A8/S8 sedan features a slightly redesigned lower front fascia, and hood with minimally changed lines. Seriously, you’re going to have to google the 2013 A8/S8 to see the differences. One obvious change though, are the new LED matrix headlights featuring dynamic signal indicators.

These aren’t just a fancy mirror/projection system to scatter the LED light but more like a dozen LED projectors on each side that can be individually powered on/off and dimmed. It’s similar to the Jewel Eye LED headlights found on the Acura RLX. They feature a dynamic high beam mode that will automatically power off individual projectors to prevent blinding oncoming vehicles. Under that newly designed hood lie some changes in the engine line. The 3.0 TFSI gets a 20 horsepower bump while the 4.0 TFSI gets a more modest 10 horsepower bump. On the diesel side, the 3.0 TDI remains relatively unchanged with a small 4 horsepower bump and the 4.2 TDI gets a 30 horsepower bump. No word yet on whether the current 510 horsepower S8 flagship will get a power bump as well.

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