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Top 10 Concepts At Frankfurt Motor Show

It was one of the best editions of the Frankfurt Motor Show ever, where aside from brand new production-version cars, we also so some cool and exciting concepts. Here are ten of the most interesting that were exhibited at the show:

VW NILS

Let’s start with something green and talk about the VW NILS, the automaker’s vision of a personal urban mobility for 2030. It features an aluminum spaceframe and has an F1-inspired one-seat configuration. This EV weighs only 460 kg and comes with an electric motor that produces 34 hp and 96 lb.-ft of torque, along with a 5.3 kWh lithium-ion battery. The car can be driven for up to 40 miles and charging the battery pack takes about two hours.

Kia GT

One of the most surprising concepts was the Kia GT, which will turn out into a production model in 2013. The one shown in Frankfurt was motivated by a V6 3.3-liter gasoline power unit that developed 390 hp and 394 lb.-ft. The engine is linked to an eight-speed automatic gearbox that sends the power to the back wheels.

Jaguar C-X16

Perhaps the most beautiful of them all, the Jaguar C-X16 is a rear-wheel drive two-seater coupe that packs a hybrid powertrain. Under that exquisite hood is a V6 3.0-liter engine that generates 375 hp and 332 lb.-ft, mated to an 8-speed transmission with an incorporated electric motor generator which draws its power from the 1.6 kWh battery, generating 95 PS and 173 lb.-ft. The concept needs 4.4 seconds to do the 0-62 mph sprint, en route to a top speed of 186 mph (300 km/h). On electric mode it can be driven for up to 50 miles (88 km) while the CO2 emissions are of 165 g/km.

Citroen Tubik

From beautiful we move to extremely odd – the Citroen Tubik is the modern version of the TUB and Type H light vans and offers enough room for nine passengers which sit on the three rows of seats. Inside it has a big semi-circular TV and high definition surround sound. The Tubik benefits from a four-wheel drive configuration and is motivated by PSA’s Hybrid4 technology consisting of a diesel engine located in the front and an electric motor at the back. The car rides on massive 22-inch wheels which are covered by low-resistance tires.

VW Beetle R

The new generation of the Beetle was launched a couple of months ago and VW has given us a glimpse on how the hot R version of the model will look like. Covered by a “serious grey” paint finish, the car has flared wheel arches along with revised front & rear bumpers. At the bag we find a big spoiler and dual-chrome tailpipes. The production version is expected to get the engine of the Golf R or the Scirocco R.

Rimac Concept_One

Another beautiful car revealed at Frankfurt comes from Croatia. The Rimac Concept_One comes with a lightweight carbon fiber body, an all-wheel drive system and carbon ceramic brakes. This one is also an electric vehicle and has a 92 kWh battery pack that powers the four electric motors that manage to generate a combined output of 1074 hp and 2802 lb.-ft. It weighs 3638 lb and is able to do the 0-62 mph sprint in 2.8 seconds, before reaching a maximum speed of 190 mph. With the batteries full, the car offers a range of up to 373 miles.

Opel RAK e

A very futurist concept is the Opel RAK e that was advertised as being a cheap urban commuter that can accommodate two people. It is a battery-operated car that features exposed wheels and benefits from a steel spaceframe structure that hides underneath synthetic material. The car weighs 837 lbs and is motivated by an electric motor that has a peak output of 49 hp while the continuous one is 14 hp. It is fed by the 5 kWh battery which needs about three hours for a full charge. Once fully charged, the car can be driven for up to 62 miles.

Audi Urban Concept

It seems that urban concepts were in trend this year at Frankfurt because Audi brought one too, which they simply called the Urban Concept. They unveiled both the coupe and spyder versions, featuring a carbon fiber monocoque and a curb weight of less than 500 kg. It is powered by a brushless electric motor that has 15 kWh which powers the rear wheels. It draws its necessary from the lithium-ion battery and offers a range of up to 37 miles. It should offer roughly the same performances as a supermini.

Mercedes-Benz Concept B-Class E-CELL PLUS

Mercedes-Benz revealed its Concept B-Class E-CELL PLUS, which is a plug-in hybrid that features an electric motor that offers 134 hp which is able to guarantee a continuous output of 94 hp. The traditional gasoline engine produces 67 hp while the gearbox has been developed especially for the concept. CO2 emissions stand at only 32 g/km and the range is estimated at 373 miles, while only on electric mode it can be driven for up to 62 miles.

Land Rover Defender DC100

We end with the very cool Land Rover Defender DC100 that is an interesting speedster-style open-top vehicle which features cut-down screens and a twin-humped fastback tonneau. It has been fitted with huge 22-inch alloy wheels and has a 3+3 seating configuration, which reminds us of the original Land Rovers. It has a 2.0-liter engine and is mated to an eight-speed gearbox. Needless to say, it has an all-wheel drive system, along with the latest generation of the Terrain Response system. On its roof we find solar panels. The production version is set to debut in 2015.


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