Fiat Punto Evo at 2009 FRankfurt Motor Show



Behind this cute, yet bored looking "spokesmodel" is the Fiat Punto Evo, a reimagining of the Grande Punto. The car features a start/stop system, and a "duel-fuel methane and petrol" option amongst their range of engines. Amongst these engines are the second generation 1.3-liter Multijet diesel, and the MultiAir 1.4-liter petrol.

The Italian automaker says consumers will be greeted with up to 10% more power, and 15% more torque throughout the engine range. Efficiency has also been improved by 10%, while emissions were reduced by the same amount. The dual fuel model will have a maximum range of 1,500 kilometers, all the while expelling just 115 grams of CO2 per kilometer.

The 2010 Fiat Punto Evo gets new bumpers at the front and back, and a fully updated interior. Amongst the new features is the Blue&Me unit from TomTom. This infotainment systom incorporates a color screen, navigation, and a telephone. Other upgrades include new seats, a new instrument cluster, and better designed storage spaces.

Fiat will begin taking orders sometime next month.

Frankfurt 2009: The Fraulein of Frankfurt



Yes, that's a Lamborghini in the picture above. We think. Could be a bar stool.

As we do with every auto show, Autoblog is happy to present the one post that we're sure at least some of you have been waiting for since we touched down in Germany to cover the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. It's time to honor those women (and one dude in a furry suit) who are charged with keeping our attention focused on those vehicles they've been paid to lean against. These sirens of chrome (not our label, see here) are sometimes controversial (are the women objectified, do we need this service anymore, who does their hair?), but always a pleasure to behold. Check out the gallery below for our roundup of an admittedly smaller group of car models than years past (damn global recession!).

Lamborghini Reventon Roadster Officially Revealed




Less than 20 Lamborghini Reventón Roadsters will be built at the company's Sant'Agata Bolognese plant in Bologna. That makes it an extremely exclusive motor car with extremely exclusive performance figures.

Built mainly from carbon fibre and high-strength steel the Reventón Roadster displays good rigidity and at the same time is light enough to kick out exceptional performance. It weighs 1,690kg (3,725 lbs) or just 25kg (55 lbs) more than the Coupé.

Inspiring the car's design was the fighter jet with styling elements such as the powerful arrowhead look at the front, the scissor doors, broad side skirts and large air intakes. The headlights feature bi-xenon technology while LEDs are used for daytime running lights, indicators and the rear lights. Exterior paintwork is a special matt colour called Reventón Grey.

The dimensions are 4.7m long, 2.1m wide, 1.1m high and the wheelbase is 2.7m. Both passengers sit pretty close to the ground but fortunately the suspension can be raised by 40mm at the front to ease ingress into steeper everyday obstacles.

Providing the power is Lambo's tried and tested 6.5-litre 48-valve naturally aspirated V12 worth a massive 493kW (670hp) at a howling 8,000rpm. Its maximum torque figure is 660Nm (487 lb-ft) which is achieved at 6,000rpm. Lamborghini says it will rush away from standstill to 100km/h in 3.4 seconds and not stop accelerating until the dashboard displays 330km/h (205mph). Torque is transferred to all four wheels in varying doses thanks to the Viscous Traction permanent all-wheel drive system.

The interior is a mix of fighter jet, F1 and comfort. Instrumentation is no longer just classic analogue but is also delivered via two transreflective and one transmissive LCDs. The driver can switch between analogue and digital view at any time. Carbon fibre also makes its way into the dashboard and is fused with aluminium instruments while other materials like aluminum, Alcantara and leather are utilised as well.

Each Lamborghini Reventón Roadster will be priced at €1.1 million (US$1.6 million) - excluding tax - when it goes on sale next month.