Elite launches of Frankfurt Motor Show

The 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show that opened with a great fanfare saw every major automobile company showcasing their upcoming cars as well as the concept cars. The show stoppers this year were the sports car displayed by likes of Porsche, Mercedes, Maserati and Ferrari. Besides, the hybrid concept cars were the ones that stole all the limelight.

Highlight of this year’s show was Bentley Continental GTC, which is powered by 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged W-12 engine. This new Continental GTC comes with an aggressive front fascia, a vented hood and new headlights. Another elite launch at the top of the spectrum was Porsche 911 Carerra, which would be going on sale in Europe from January 2012. With longer wheelbase and adaptive suspension damping, the new 911 is believed to be more comfortable.
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New 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS Breaks Cover

Mercedes-Benz provided an advance look at the new CLS in January at the Detroit auto show, where Gorden Wagener, head of design for Mercedes, unveiled a raw metal model of the car, polished and gleaming like a prop from a “Terminator” film.

Now the company has released photos of the production version of the car, which it will reveal at the Paris auto show in late September.
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Mercedes Deal With Renault-Nissan Gets Mixed Reviews

It was a case of competing quotes when Daimler and the Renault-Nissan Alliance announced a strategic partnership in Brussels on Wednesday morning.

Voltaire and Friedrich Nietzsche were invoked, but perhaps the alliance chief executive, Carlos Ghosn, was most apropos in his citation of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel: “Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.”
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Mercedes Says S-Class Could Become a Hybrid Line

The flagship V-12-powered 2010 Mercedes-Benz S600 gets only 11 miles per gallon in the city, and the well-heeled buyers of this $149,700 car probably shrug when they pay $3,000 in gas-guzzler taxes. But fuel economy that low does little for the company’s efforts to meet the stringent fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards pending in Europe and the United States, and that’s why Mercedes is considering an out-of-left-field plan to turn its entire S-Class line into full hybrids.

Reported in Automotive News on Monday and on Autoblog.com last month, the plan is probably one of several scenarios under consideration. The switch to hybrid power, if it occurs, would coincide with the release of the next generation of S-Class cars, scheduled for 2013 in Europe and 2014 in the United States.
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