A friend of mine says an Opel Astra feels just like an Audi A3, but costs less. And in these live pics from the Frankfurt Motor Show of the new hatch, it looks like the Astra might also get an award for being the sexiest of the two. In terms of dimensions, it comes in at 4.42 metrs long, 1.81 metres wide, 1.51 metres tall and with a wheel base of 2.65 metres.
Prices for the German market range from 15,900 euros for the 1.4-litre EcoFlex model with 87 hp, to 27,405 euros for the 2.0-litre CDTI with 160 hp. The 1.3-litre MultiJet at 95 hp costs 19,390 euros, while the 1.4-litre Turbo petrol with 140 hp has a price tag of 19,075 euros. While the Opel Astra doesn’t really compete with the Audi A3, it’s certainly a very very good option if you’re in the market for a new hatchback.
The Mercedes “stand” at the Frankfurt Motor Show features everything from the E-Class Station Wagon to the new versions of the GLK, the E63 AMG Station Wagon and, of course, the SLS AMG Gullwing (though it can hardly be considered to be just “part of” the stand).
In fact, Mercedes has given it everything it’s got and no expense has been spared on its home turf. Actually an entire hall on three separate floors is required to house all the Mercedes models and news for this show.
Not to mention the new eco-friendly models on display, including the SLS AMG eDrive Concept the Vision S 500 Plug-In Hybrid, the B-Class F-Cell, and the BlueZero E-Cell Plus. As we prepare the news on the various models, take a look at the gallery below for all the Mercedes live pics from Frankfurt.
The MX-5 Superlight is the star of the Mazda stand at the Frankfurt show. While a recall of the past, it also shows modernity and innovation. It’s sole focus is weight, and losing it, and shows the direction that Mazda is taking in terms of developing new technologies.
Below are the full details of the MX-5 Superlight, along with a photo gallery where you can also see the RX-8 hydrogen project.
These live pics show the Bentley Continental GT and new Bentley Mulsanne at the Frankfurt Motor Show, after the Mulsanne’s official presentation at Pebble Beach. It replaces the Bentley Arnage, getting long in the tooth, and is a very large, imposing Bentley. The Mulsanne measures 5.57 metres long with a wheel base of 3.26.
The Mulsanne is built in an almost nostalgic style for the Bentleys of the past, although it is kitted out with modern technology. It has 20 or 21-inch alloy wheels and the bodywork can be ordered from a list of 114 different colours, with pearl and twin-tone versions that can be matched to 24 different interior leather colours. This would all explain why it takes nine weeks to build just one Bentley Mulsanne.
The interior has a few updates on the Continental GT, with an eight-inch multimedia display, 40 GB hard disc, Naim hi-fi system with 20 speakers and 2,220 Watts of power (disco on wheels, anyone?). The Mulsanne has a keyless system which can automatically retrieve the radio settings, telephone contacts, seat position, steering wheel and seatbelt angles, and will even electronically control the internal curtains. My apartment does less.
The Mulsanne is equipped with a 6.75-litre V8 twinturbo engine with 512 hp and an incredible 1020 Nm of power. The eight-speed transmission has steering wheel paddle controls and four set-up options are available: Bentley, Sport and Comfort. There is also a custom setting purely up to the driver’s choice.
The Mini Roadster concept and the Mini Coupe Concept, presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show, will have different engines, with the former equipped with the classic 1.6-litre unit, without the John Cooper Works treatment. It will therefore have 175 hp. Apart from that, the “Oxford Twins” are very similar, with the Roadster demonstrating itself to be the soft-top version of the coupe.
The Roadster is 3.71 metres long, 1.68 metres wide, and 1.35 metres tall. It takes on a few elements of the cabriolet, including the ‘Always Open Timer’, along with the ‘Nature Guard’ driving system, Highspeed Shifter for transmission, Gravity (acceleration indicator) and other fancy stuff like the Hear Beat indicator and Buddy Radar.
More pics of the girls from the Frankfurt Motor Show are here. You can take this with a grain of salt as it’s a girl’s opinion, but personally I think there’s more sex-on-wheels than sex-on-legs at the show this year. Compare these ladies with the girls gallery part one and part two.
Here’s a closer look at the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Apart from our impression that there’s a lot of blue involved, it’s a very intriguing model and we’ll be curious to see in the future how BMW might go about putting this into production.
It’s far more likely that BMW will incorporate the various technological innovations of the Vision concept on different models in its range, but we think there could still be space for one version that includes all the innovations. At it’s simplest, the Vision concept is a plug-in hybrid sports car with BMW sports performance, but minimal emissions and fuel consumption.
Top speed is 250 km/hr, acceleration time is 4.8 seconds to reach 100 km/hr and fuel consumption is just 3.76 litres per 100 km/hr with 99 grams per kilometre of CO2 emissions. The engine is a three-cylinder, 1.5-litre turbodiesel with 163 hp, which is a new development for BMW. Two electric motors are included, one for each wheel axis and they can work either independently or with the endothermic engine. Using them independently obviously results in a zero emissions car.
Here are a few new pics of the Ferrari 458 Italia released at the Frankfurt show along with a full press release on the technical specs and details of the new supercar. The Ferrari 458 Italia configurator is also online so you can have a play with colours and interiors (my pick: go with the 458 in black). Below are our 458 Italia live pics from Frankfurt (in yellow if you prefer).
Coming up, we take a closer look at the imposing Vision EfficientDynamics concept, but among the newbies is basically the whole family. It includes the 7-Series High Security, 7-Series M-sport, 7-Series XDrive with all wheel drive, the X3 18d, 1-Series model year 2010, 320d Efficient Dynamics, M3 Edition, M6 Competition Limited Edition and the whole new BMW Performance kit for four cylinder engines. The 2.0-litre diesel gets an increase from 177 hp to 197 hp and torque is up from 350 to 390 Nm.
The X5M and X6M both have 550 hp, while the many engine pics below also take a look at the X6 ActiveHybrid V8 4.4-litre unit with 485 hp and 780 Nm. Both the X6 and 7-Series ActiveHybrid have the new eight-speed automatic gearbox and Start-Stop systems. Check it all out in the gallery below.
Live pics of the MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde at the Frankfurt Motor Show had us wanting to take this sexy little thing for a spin. Equipped with the Fiat 1.4 Multiair engine with 170 hp, one impressive figure is the weight-power ratio of 6.7 kg per horse power. CO2 emissions top just 139 grams/km.
Other features of the MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde include the Dynamic Suspension system with four separate units electronically controlled with a central control unit with five accelerator sensors. The whole thing basically communicates with the DNA so that the car adapts itself to the road conditions.