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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)

  • Dani Sordo launches to victory in Germany

    The DS3 WRC driven by Dani Sordo and co-piloted by Carlos del Barrio preserved an unbeaten streak for Citroën in Germany on 28 August. The 12th Rallye Deutschland victory for the French automaker was also the first World Rally Championship (WRC) win for Sordo, who has rallied professionally for 10 years. Citroën faced a crisis at the close of the 2012 WRC season when its primary driver, Sébastien Loeb, announced he would only race part-time in the series going forward. Loeb would go on to win his record ninth WRC title, and earlier this year, set a time-attack record in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb driving a modified Peugeot. The WRC tour reconvenes on 12 September in Australia. (Photo: Newspress)

  • Carfest South comes to a close

    Held in Hampshire, England, and hosted by BBC Radio 2 personality (and inveterate car aficionado) Chris Evans, Carfest South – a three-day coda of sorts to the larger Goodwood Festival of Speed held in July – concluded on 27 August, having raised £968,735 for BBC Children in Need. Among the cars on display were vintage Ferraris from Evans’ own collection, as well as one of the vehicles used in the 1968 film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (pictured, with Evans). (Photo: Newspress)