The second generation of BMW 1 Series doesn’t give up the shapes which confirmed it. And BMW haven’t abandoned the rear-wheel drive so that the 1 Series remains the only compact car with rear-wheel drive. This contributes to the sporty character on which BMW prides itself, but for the new BMW 1 Series the Bavarians have chosen the path of economy and efficiency. Thus, the six-cylinder engines are no longer in range. All engines available on BMW 1 Series are now using TwinPower Turbo technology and 116i is the entry level. They are using a 1.6-liter engine that develops 136 horsepower. In the diesel engine section, 116d is the most economical. It is a two-liter engine that develops 116 horsepower. The announced average consumption is 4.3 l/100 km. The most powerful diesel version is 120d. The two liters turbo-diesel engine develops 184 hp and 380 Nm.
The third model from the Citroen premium range comes in a European premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Citroen DS5 was first introduced at the Shanghai Auto Show, but Europeans can only now see it in reality. The newest member of the DS range is an interesting mix of styles, especially in terms of the bodywork. The silhouette has dynamic lines, the interior uses premium materials and propulsion system is already famous: HYbrid4. This system uses a two-liter diesel engine of 160 horsepower and a 37 horsepower electric motor. Each engine controls a bridge resulting in a four-wheel drive model. The Citroen DS5driver can choose from four different driving modes: Auto, ZEV (Zero Emission Vehicle – electric), 4WD and Sport.
Fiat brings at Frankfurt Motor Show the new generation of its best-selling model from range. Fiat Panda is now presenting a fresh look, but manages to keep the advantages that have managed to attract 6.5 million customers in 31 years of existence of this model. The mini class lines retain a part of the current generation, but slightly increased in size to provide a little more spacious boot. The new Fiat Panda interior is far fresher and more friendly. The engine range consists of a 0.9-liter TwinAir Turbo engine that develops 85 horsepower as top of the range and an aspirated version of the same engine that develops 65 horsepower. For the diesel fans, Fiat Panda has 1.3 Multijet II engine of 75 horsepower.
The Japanese compact model from Honda comes to Frankfurt in a completely new shape. Honda chose to keep the secrecy and showed us just a teaser image of the new Civic. It just gives us the rear of the car and we can see that the new Honda Civic has new elements but somehow retains the consecrated lines. The new Honda Civic will be available in Europe in the first phase with only five-door version hathcback, Honda officials being reluctant to publish other information about their compact model.
Hyundai presents the new i30 generation. The current Hyundai i30 model was launched six years ago and has done a good job. It has become appreciated and increased the brand’s image. Hyundai i30 now appears at Frankfurt Motor Show with its second generation. We now have a compact car witha young and fresh look. Design elements are taken from Veloster or the i40 models. Optical blocks with specific LEDs line already becomes a signature of the brand and debuted on Hyundai i40. The new Hyundai i30 uses same design language called fluid sculpture. This design debuted with Hyundai ix35 SUV and then was extended to almost all models. The Hyundai i30 interior has also been radically changed, many elements being taken from the dynamic Veloster. In the engine section we can choose between two petrol engines (1.4 100 hp, 1.6 GDI 140 hp) and two turbo-diesel (1.4 CRDI 90 hp, 1.6 CRDI 126 HP). The first Hyundai i30 will be sold in the first half of next year and in the autumn of 2012 will follow the sw version and then a three-door version, a premiere for the i30.
After a debut forced by distribution of a brochure on the net before time, the new generation of ML SUV from Mercedes-Benz officially comes at Frankfurt. The new Mercedes-Benz ML maintains the lines that made it famous and became bit quiet in terms of design. Under the bonnet we have novelties like the new four-cylinder turbo engine that develops 204 hp from just 2.1 liters. This engine will equip the ML250 CDI Bluetec version. A hybrid version will follow the new Mercedes-Benz ML model and will be launched in 2012. The engine range includes the V6 and V8 engines. Mercedes-Benz ML350 CDI Bluetec version will be equipped with a three-liter V6 diesel engine of 258 hp and 619 Nm. For those who prefer petrol, first engine available is a 3.5-liter V6 of 306 hp and 370 Nm.
The new generation of Astra GTC will be seen at Frankfurt Motor Show. The new Opel Astra GTC is aesthetically different from the version with five doors. Opel designers have changed Astra GTC so much that none of the bodywork elements are identical to the five-door Astra. There will be a supersport version Astra OPC, but it will be released only next year. Until then, the engine range consists of three petrol engines (120 and 140 bhp 1.4 Turbo, 1.6 Turbo 180 hp) and a turbo-diesel (2.0 CDTI 165 hp).
Opel brings new generation of the largest MPV in the range at Frankfurt. Opel Zafira Tourer maintains the elements that we first saw on the concept car shown at Geneva Motor Show. The profile is now more muscular. The third generation of Zafira MPV uses the Tourer particle in the name as the current generation will be held for a while in production. The new Opel Zafira Tourer has seven seats and an improved Flex7. With the third row of seats folded, the luggage compartment of Zafira offers 710 liters. The engine range consists of diesel 2.0 CDTI engine available in three output versions 110, 130 and 165 hp and the 1.4 Turbo petrol engine offered in a choice of 120 and 140 hp.
Porsche brings the new 911 generation in Frankfurt. The model is called Porsche 911 Carrera and keeps, of course, the elements that made it famous. The bodywork silhouette is unmistakable and has been preserved also for the new model. The main changes were made at the wheelbase which has been increased by 100 mm and to the engines. The Porsche 911 engine range starts with a 3.4 liter boxer engine that develops 350 hp. Carrera S version comes with a 400 hp 3.8 liter boxer engine. Porsche brags about a fuel consumption decreased by 16% over the previous generation. Carrera S version of the new Porsche Carrera 911 needs 4.3 seconds to accelerate from 0-100 km/h with a PDK transmission, which means that it is 0.2 seconds faster than its predecessor. Sport Plus mode decreases the 0-100 km/h time to 4.1 seconds. Moreover, CO2 emissions have been significantly reduced, the 3.4-liter version from Carrera is the first Porsche model that emits less than 200 grams of CO2 per kilometer.
Volkswagen officially introduced the Up! city car just three weeks before the start of Frankfurt Motor Show. The new city model produced by Volkswagen will have a length of 3.5 meters, 1.6 meters wide and 1.4 meters high. VW Up! is able to carry four adults and the luggage compartment offers a capacity of 251 liters. VW Up! will use small displacement engines, initially being offered with two versions of a one liter engine with three cylinders. Powers offered are 60, respectively, 75 hp. In the future, Up! will have a LPG and a full-electric version. Initially VW Up! will be offered in three door version as the five-door version will be available in 2012.