Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Week in pictures: Frankfurt calling

Volkswagen to go electric in Frankfurt
The German automaker will bring two electric models to the 2013 Frankfurt motor show on 10 September. Unlike Nissan, which built its Leaf EV on a dedicated platform, the e-Up and e-Golf share architecture with their respective internal-combustion counterparts. Volkswagen estimates that with the e-Golf’s 24.2-kilowatt-hour battery pack – virtually the same size as that in the Leaf – the hatchback will travel 118mi, while the e-Up’s 18.8kWh pack is pegged at 99mi. The company has not yet divulged pricing or export markets for the cars. (Photo: Volkswagen Group)
Infiniti pops hatch on new concept
Long suspected of developing an entry-level luxury car for the world market, Infiniti offered a glimpse of the future with the Q30 Concept, which made its web debut in advance of its formal unveiling in Frankfurt. The hatchback may have greater relevance for the European market, however, given North American consumers' historical reticence towards purchasing hatchbacks. Infiniti rivals such as Mercedes-Benz, Audi and BMW market premium hatchbacks in Europe, but not in North America. (Photo: Infiniti)
Tavares out at Renault-Nissan
Carlos Tavares, 55, has left his post as COO at Renault-Nissan. The Franco-Japanese conglomerate said on 29 August in a statement that the executive’s departure was “mutually agreed” upon. Tavares’ duties will be absorbed by CEO Carlos Ghosn. Earlier in August, Tavares had publicly expressed his desire to run General Motors or Ford. (Photo: Jean François Monier/AFP/Getty)
Butterfly doors for Kia Niro
Joining a string of aggressive hatchback concepts brought by the Korean automaker to recent European motor salons, Kia released renderings of its Niro Concept ahead of its debut in Frankfurt. The compact SUV employs a stainless-steel roof, butterfly-hinge doors, a 1.6-litre gasoline engine and an electric motor mounted at the rear axle, and retains Kia’s signature grille – an inheritance from lead designer Peter Schreyer. (Kia Motors)
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