14 Sep '11, 4pm

Sustainability Hits the Fast Lane at the Frankfurt Auto Show

Sustainability Hits the Fast Lane at the Frankfurt Auto Show

The new Porsche 911 is 100 pounds lighter than its predecessor. Daimler's Smart Forvision concept -- a hint at the next-generation iconic city car, features extensive use of weight-saving plastics, including what partner BASF calls "the first all-plastic wheel suitable for high-volume production." The stunning i3 and i8 concepts (i8 pictured at left) from BMW preview the production cars that will arrive in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Aside from their EV credentials, both vehicles feature weight-slashing carbon fiber as replacements for the steel used in conventional vehicles. The Audi A2 concept follows a similar theme but hints at less carbon fiber and more aluminum, with a minimalist design direction compared to the curves of the BMWs. Even Land Rover, previewing the 2015 replacement for its venerable Defender (which can easily trace its routes to the 1948 original) sho...

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