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PREVIEW: Green Cars in the Works for Frankfurt Motor Show

VDA-W-001_Plakat_Hand_en-quad_090609.inddThe international auto show in Frankfurt, Germany, which kicks off next Thursday, is one of the biggest events of the year for car companies to make an impression with high-tech concepts and upcoming models. Car shows earlier this year in Detroit and Geneva proved to be exercises in restraint for automakers: Flaunt the shiniest, greenest, fastest and most futuristic vehicles in their lineups, all while appearing frugal in a way befitting the gloomy state of both the industry and the global economy. Frankfurt is likely to hit a similar note — but with continuing pressure for automakers to beef up their green lineups, a number of hybrid and all-electric vehicles are set to roll out on the showroom floor. Here are 13 models to watch.

Model Type Status Details
BMW ActiveHybrid X6 Hybrid Production (2010) The X6, which uses a NiMH battery, is reportedly the most powerful hybrid in history.
BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Plug-in diesel hybrid Concept Body shell and suspension built with aluminum, seat frames made with Kevlar to keep weight down while carrying lithium-ion battery pack and 2 electric motors.
Fisker Karma Plug-in hybrid German debut Startup Fisker Automotive’s inaugural vehicle, a luxury sports car said to get 67.2 MPG.
Hyundai i10 All-electric Fleet leasing 2010, global production 2012 Based on i10 mini-car platform. 5-seat hatchback. Lithium-ion battery pack with cells by LG Chem will be leased separately from the car.
Lexus LF-Ch Hybrid Concept Luxury compact hatchback can operate in all-electric mode.
Mercedes-Benz BlueZero E-Cell Plus Extended-range electric Revised concept Originally debuted at Detroit Auto Show. 3-cylinder engine adapted from Smart ForTwo. Lithium-ion battery pack.
Peugeot iOn Plug-in diesel hybrid Model for late 2010 launch Based on Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric minicar.
Renault Fluence All-electric Model for 2011 EU launch Reported to be the vehicle designed for compatibility with Better Place battery swapping. Electric drive and battery pack is shared with alliance partner Nissan in its upcoming LEAF.
Reva NXR All-electric Production slated for 2010, orders to be accepted after unveiling Four-seat hatchback with a phone-controlled charging system.
Tesla Roadster Sport All-electric Production A higher-performance, higher-luxury version of the Roadster.
Toyota Auris
HSD Hybrid
Hybrid Production (2010) Hatchback version of the Toyota Corolla. Meant to make full hybrids “more accessible to a wider range of customers.
Toyota Prius Plug-in Plug-in hybrid Production Final version of the model Toyota plans to roll out in small numbers (a few hundred vehicles) starting at the end of this year
Volkswagen EV All-electric or plug-in hybrid Concept VW’s new hype campaign at suggests the possibility of an all-electric version of the Audi R8 sports car, but it could also be a plug-in hybrid instead.

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