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Kia Proceeds to Uncover New Wagon

“Aromas that any petrolhead will instantly recognize.”

by on Sep.12, 2017

Kia's Proceed concept could re-ignite a fervor for station wagons — if it comes to the United States.

Kia is Proceed-ing with plans to get big into the station wagon segment — whoops, make that “extended hatch” segment with the debut of the new Proceed model at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Whether you prefer that term, or some other euphemism, like “shooting brake,” “carryall,” “depot car,” or even “estate car,” the new model has been generating plenty of buzz since the Korean carmaker released the first teaser images of the Proceed last week.

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As with the new Stinger, the Kia Proceed is the sort of vehicle that will further enhance the reputation for cutting-edge styling that has been achieved under the guidance of Peter Schreyer, the one-time Audi styling chief, who has worked magic for a brand one known for bland and forgettable econoboxes. (more…)

Smart Vision EQ Concept Foresees Future as an All-Electric Brand

Smart will go all-electric in U.S., Europe by 2020, with other markets to follow.

by on Sep.12, 2017

Mercedes chief Dieter Zetsche introduces the Smart Vision EQ Fortwo Concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

With its butterfly doors, a complete lack of steering wheel and other controls, and a lithium-ion battery pack tucked neatly below the floor, the Smart Vision EQ Fortwo Concept that made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show Monday night is designed to give us a glimpse of the future. But that may not be nearly as far off as it might seem.

By most forecasts, we’re likely to see the first real autonomous vehicles start rolling into showrooms by 2020, and several automakers are promising to build their first completely driverless models before mid-decade.

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As for Smart, “by the end of this decade,” declared Dieter Zetsche, CEO of the Smart brand’s parent, Daimler AG, “we will switch the Smart brand in Europe and the U.S. to completely electric drive, and the rest of the world will follow.” (more…)

Mercedes-AMG Project One Takes F1 Onto the Streets

Mercedes-AMG's new hypercar is a 1,000-hp beast.

by on Sep.11, 2017

Mercedes-AMG's Project One Hypercar gets its Frankfurt intro with Dieter Zetsche, left, and Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton.

As a three-time Formula One World Champion, Lewis Hamilton knows fast. And he did little to hide his excitement as he drove the new Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar out for its world debut at a Frankfurt Motor Show preview Monday night.

While Project One might look a little more than a classic Le Mans prototype than the F1 Silver Arrow Hamilton is used to driving, he noted they have a lot in common under the sheet metal and carbon fiber. That starts with a modified version of the Formula One Series’ Kinetic Energy Recovery System, or KERS, that will provide “more than” 1,000 horsepower when the hypercar hits the street in another couple years.

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“It’s all about adrenaline,” declared Dieter Zetsche, head of the Mercedes brand and CEO of its parent company, Daimler AG, as he let the statistics roll off his tongue. Only the second model developed entirely in-house by AMG, the Project One car will launch from 0 to 200 kmh, or 125 mph, in less than six seconds, with a top speed currently rated at “over 350 kmh,” or just over 217 mph. (more…)

Live from Frankfurt!

The 67th show features a slew of electrified vehicles.

by on Sep.11, 2017

The 67th edition of IAA Cars, better known as the Frankfurt Motor Show, is wrapping up a stunning run of debuts of the latest electrified vehicles, hybrids and sports cars. The biennial show is the start to the 2017-18 auto show season.

TheDetroitBureau.com is still poring over its meetings with top executives and looks at the latest models to bring you additional news and compelling insights so be certain to check back often. (more…)

Volkswagen Pushes I.D. Crozz Closer to Completion

Fourth member of I.D. family is an SUV.

by on Sep.11, 2017

The second version of VW's I.D. Crozz made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Volkswagen unveiled an edgier version of its I.D.-based SUV, I.D. Crozz II, at the Frankfurt Motor Show, proclaiming it will be the fourth member of the “I.D.” family, hitting showrooms in 2020. It made its debut at the Shanghai Motor Show in April.

The I.D. Crozz will be a four-door SUV featuring all-wheel drive and, of course, zero emissions. It shares its EV architecture with the three other members of the I.D. family, according to VW. The new Crozz will travel more than 300 miles on a single charge, employ a fully digital display and offer autonomous driving capabilities.

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The Frankfurt model will more closely resemble the final product, with distinctive exterior than the previous concept, aimed at making it look more like a rugged sport-ute than a crossover. Lending to that masculine look are 21-inch wheels and uniquely sculpted LED headlamps. (more…)

BMW Next Euro Maker to Electrify Portfolio

Group will offer 12 electric models by 2025.

by on Sep.08, 2017

Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management BMW AG, said the company would produce 12 electric vehicles by 2025.

BMW announced it plans to significantly expand its electric vehicle offerings within three years and ultimately offer EV powertrains for every model in its line-up. The move mirrors similar announcements made by other European automakers in recent months.

Ongoing issues with diesel engines, the rise of viable electric alternatives (i.e. Tesla) and moves by several European cities to outlaw vehicles powered by gas or diesel engines have BMW as well as Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Volvo and others looking to make the move.

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The plan, which was revealed today by Harald Krüger, chairman of the Board of Management BMW AG, calls for the company begin producing EVs in large numbers by 2020 and to have 12 different models in place by 2025 with ranges exceeding 400 miles. (more…)

Kia Proceed Concept Could Trigger Love Affair With Wagons Again

Oops, make that “extended hatches.”

by on Sep.07, 2017

Kia's Proceed Concept, which will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, is the latest of an onslaught of station wagons.

Depending upon where you live you might be tempted to call it a “shooting brake,” a “carryall,” a “depot car,” or even an “estate car.” For its part, Kia is calling the Proceed Concept its bringing to the Frankfurt Motor Show next month an “extended hatchback.” For our part we’d dub it a “station wagon,” and a stunning one, at that.

Kia isn’t saying exactly what it has in mind for the concept vehicle, whether it will replace or supplement a line of hatchbacks it has offered in Europe under names like the Cee’d and Procee’d. And, sadly, it is not revealing whether there might just be an opportunity to bring the Proceed Concept to the United States where the once popular wagon body style seems to finally be regaining a market toehold.

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Like the new Kia Stinger, the Proceed is the sort of vehicle that will further enhance the reputation for cutting-edge styling for a brand that, barely a decade ago, was more commonly seen as the maker of boring econoboxes. (more…)

Bentley Ready to Create Buzz with New Continental GT

Luxury grand tourer looks to set new standard.

by on Sep.04, 2017

Bentley is unveiling its third-generation Continental GT at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Luxury maker Bentley often describes its Continental GT as the heart of its line-up, if so, the updated 2018 version basically equates to a heart transplant.

The third-generation GT — it debuted in 2003 — will make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week. The latest iteration expands on the grand touring model’s history of luxury, technology and performance.

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The new version still radiates “upper crust,” but with a sleeker design featuring a more aggressive look, the company is really pushing the GT’s performance characteristics with an exterior displaying sharper creases and smaller, almost jewel-like LED lights to make it look almost angry. (more…)

Mercedes Concept EQ A Teases Long-Range Compact EV

Hatchback likely to challenge Tesla Model 3, Chevy Bolt.

by on Sep.04, 2017

Mercedes continues its expansion of its EV plans with the debut of the Concept EQ A at Frankfurt.

A year after announcing plans to launch an all-new sub-brand dedicated to battery-electric vehicles, Mercedes-Benz will charge into the Frankfurt Motor Show next week with the Concept EQ A, a long-range EV set to go up against the likes of the Tesla Model 3 and Chevrolet Bolt.

The debut of the Concept EQ A follows the preview of the original Generation EQ Concept at last year’s Paris Motor Show and underscores the breadth of the battery-electric line-up the German maker plans to roll out under the Mercedes-EQ badge. In all, at least 10 BEVs are scheduled to reach market by 2025, according to Dieter Zetsche, head of the Mercedes brand and CEO of parent Daimler AG.

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The production version of the EQA hatchback, meanwhile, will be part of a wave of new small cars Mercedes is planning, including a compact crossover expected to be called the GLB, as well as updated and all-new versions of current models like the Mercedes-Benz A- and B-Class models. (more…)

Honda Bringing CR-V Hybrid, Urban EV Concept to Frankfurt

Automaker moving forward on plans to electrify its line-up.

by on Aug.31, 2017

Honda heads into the Frankfurt Motor Show teasing two new EV concepts, including the CR-V Hybrid teased above.

Honda is charging into Frankfurt next month, bringing with it two electrified concept models — though at least one seems certain to go into production.

The Japanese automaker was one of the first to bring hybrids to market but has been slow to embrace more advanced battery-based technology. But that’s about to change, CEO Takahiro Hachigo pronouncing that his goal is to generate fully two-thirds of Honda’s sales from battery and hydrogen-powered models by 2030.

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Both of the models coming to the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show are, for now, targeted specifically at the European market, Honda says, but they should give us some hints about the company’s broader electrification strategy. (more…)