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After several months of speculation and official teases for the past week, we now finally have all the details on the Vision Efficient Dynamics Concept that BMW will show at the Frankfurt Motor Show in a couple of weeks. The speculation about the concept’s power train has gone in several directions, almost all of which were correct. The new concept is a plug-in hybrid with a three-cylinder turbo-diesel engine. Conceived with the idea of melding the performance of a M3 with exceptionally low fuel consumption, BMW claims a 0-62 mph time of 4.8 seconds while scoring 62.6 mpg (U.S.) on the E.U. combined test cycle. (more…)

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Volkswagen will be debuting the youngest offspring of the Polo lineup at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show – the Volkswagen Polo three-door. The Polo three-door is a smaller version of the five-door bestselling Polo model with some new styling on the side windows and a sportier C-pillar that gives it a coupe-like appearance. (more…)

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Velozzi, a Los Angeles, California based company, has unveiled their new SOLO crossover – a lightweight plug-in hybrid electric crossover with an on-board multi-fuel micro turbine battery charger. Confused? Yeah – so were we. Let’s try to make sense of it together. (more…)

mini-cooper-d-1280-01To repeat one particular bit of news that’s been playing over and over like a broken record since the modern Mini first made its appearance Stateside back in 2001 – there’s little if any chance that the U.S. market will be blessed with an oil-burning Mini Cooper any time soon. (more…)

techart_porsche_cayenne_diesel_image_001Earlier this year, Techart unveiled their Aerokit I for the Porsche Cayenne Diesel. The tuner has now announced performance upgrade packages for the fuel-sipping Cayenne, giving it more power with the same low CO2 emissions and outstanding fuel-economy. (more…)