There’s always a buzz in the office when a motor show is on as we all gear up to see all the latest automotive advances. Today was no different as details of upcoming cars filtered out of the prestigious Frankfurt Moto show. Here we take you through a round-up of the some of the latest motoring news and new car releases.
Honda has indicated that they will launch the next-generation Honda Jazz in Europe with hybrid technology as its sole powertrain. The new Honda Jazz will come with petrol-electric hybrid engines as part of Honda’s initiative that all combustion-engine models in Europe will be offered with a hybrid powertrain by 2025.
The new Honda E was on display too and continued to gain support for its quirky looks and all-electric power. Honda has already received over three hundred reservations for the Honda E and this number continues to grow, with the hopes that by its first full year on sale the numbers sold will be in four figures. Honda’s Connectivity boss Mirai Aki spoke of the unique appeal of the Honda E, saying that while no individual feature of the new Honda E might be a first, collectively it is “Everybody has it all but nobody has managed to put everything together like we have.”
We can expect two new models from Renault over the next 18-months. This will include a zero-emission variant of the Renault Twingo and a larger crossover style model. Just like Honda, this is all part of a bigger strategy in which Renault has set itself to have eight electric vehicles by 2023.
Arguably Hyundai’s main draw was the new Hyundai i10 N Line model. The majority of the work of the i10 N Line has taken place outside with the model featuring redesigned bumpers and a new grille, plus exclusive 16-inch alloy wheels and LED daytime running lights giving it a sportier edge compared to the standard i10 model.
It will be the only i10 model with a 1.0-litre T-GDi turbo petrol engine so will be more potent power behind the wheel.
Meanwhile, the interior will benefit from the design touches you’d expect from a sports model including N-branded steering wheel and gear lever, red air vent surrounds, metal pedals and sports seats up-front for more support.
Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Hyundai Motor Europe’s vice president of marketing and product said: “Taking inspiration from our high-performance sub-brand Hyundai N, the i10 N Line features an even more dynamic look.
“In the past year, N Line has become an important component of our model strategy and we are excited to introduce the N Line character to our i10 customers.”
While keen to continue to look to the future, Hyundai unveiled a futuristic concept car with a retro '70s styling, the 45 EV. This electric crossover concept car features strong angles and multiple LEDs to make a bold statement, while inside promises futureproof automation.
Hyundai also took the opportunity to indicate their move into the world of electric touring cars unveiling the Veloster N ETCR, a rear-wheel-drive mid-mounted electric-powered racing car with an as yet unconfirmed 670bhp.
To power this beast, Hyundai unveiled a portable charging system that will be used to power cars in ETCR racing championships.
SEAT’s spin-off performance brand released details on an all-electric coupe SUV concept, the Tavascan. So watch this space, as this dedicated performance marque gathers pace.
Meanwhile, SEAT showcased a plug-in hybrid Tarraco. With a 1–litre four-cylinder petrol unit, an electric motor and a 13kWh lithium-ion battery you can expect more efficient motoring from this stylish SUV.
It’s fair to say Frankfurt has been a busy show for Vauxhall with them showcasing three new models, the new Vauxhall Corsa, an updated Vauxhall Astra and a Grandland X Hybrid4.
We took a look at the new Corsa which will be available with an electric powertrain earlier this year, so more details can be found over on the new Vauxhall Corsa blog.
The Astra has undergone an exterior style update with a new upper and lower grille design giving it a more aerodynamic profile. Although it is under the skin where most revision has taken place with the new Astra featuring a new chassis, technological advances and a new range of petrol and diesel engines.
But it is the Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid4 that sparked most attention as the British brand’s first plug-in hybrid SUV. With a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, a pair of electric motors and a 13.2kWh battery it will have 296bhp, 450Nm torque and will be capable of 32 miles on electric power.
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