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However, with the end of summer also comes the first major auto show of the new model year, in this case, the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, press days for which kick off on Tuesday, September 13.
Once again, the MotorAuthority team will be on hand at Frankfurt to bring you all the latest info and live shots, and there certainly will be a lot coming over the next couple of days as everything from new supercars to single seat electric concepts is unveiled.
Here’s a rundown of what you can expect, and remember, you can get our latest updates direct from Frankfurt by staying glued to our dedicated show page.
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2011 Alfa Romeo 4C: Destined to be one of the standouts at this year’s Frankfurt event, just as it was at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show back in March, Alfa Romeo’s sultry 4C concept is scheduled for production and could be in showrooms by the end of next year.
2011 Audi Urban Concept: Audi will have a pair of two-seater electric car concepts, one a coupe and the other an open-top spyder. Power for the concepts come from two ‘e-tron’ electric motors, which run on a lithium-ion battery stored in the floor, and the driving range is thought to be around 40 miles.
2011 Subaru BRZ Prologue - BOXER Sports Car Architecture II: Yes, Subaru has confirmed that its version of the rear-wheel drive sports coupe being jointly developed with Toyota will be called the BRZ. For Frankfurt, Subaru is bringing out a second engineering architecture instead of the actual car. Why? No one really knows.
2011 Jaguar C-X16 Concept: Jaguar will preview its upcoming entry-level sports car with a striking new concept in Frankfurt. It gets a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 with 375 horsepower on tap, but if you need more, an F1-style 'push-to-pass' button provides a momentary 94 horsepower burst of energy thanks to the concept's innovative KERS hybrid system.
2011 Volvo SPA Concept: Volvo is working on a new modular platform design called the Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA), which will spawn most of the automaker's new lineup including everything from the replacement for the entry-level C30 right up to a new S80 flagship. A concept built on the new platform and previewing Volvo’s future design language will be in Frankfurt.
2014 BMW i8 Concept: The i8 concept previews a car we know is coming onto the market. Due in late 2013, the i8 promises 0-60 mph acceleration but with gas mileage of around 70 mpg or better.
2011 Fisker Surf Concept: As predicted, electric car startup Fisker will be showing a concept version of its next model, a shooting brake version of its current Karma range-extended electric car. Set to go on sale sometime next year, the new model will feature the gorgeous styling of the Karma while adding a little more practicality.
Hit the next couple of pages to see what else will be on display at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, and remember to follow our dedicated show page for all the latest updates.