Kia Sorento Hybrid and Cee’d Facelift Hybrid Revealed in Frankfurt

Kia took the wraps off their new Sorento and Cee'd hybrids at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The Cee'd Hybrid uses a 1.6-liter four-cylinder petrol engine and a small electric motor that produces 15kW (20 PS) and 105 Nm of torque. The latter is powered by a "Li-Poly 180 volt, 5.3Ah power pack" located in the trunk. Boasting a CVT (continuously variable transmission) and an engine stop/start system, the Cee'd accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 11.8 seconds before hitting a top speed of 185 km/h (115 mph). While fuel efficiency data wasn't released, Kia says the Cee'd Hybrid has CO2 emissions of 96 g/km.

On the other hand, the Sorento Hybrid uses Kia's 163 PS (120 kW) U2 1.6-liter turbo-diesel engine. Connected to a 30 kW (40 PS) electric motor and a dual-clutch transmission, the engine only produces 119 grams of CO2 per kilometer.

In terms of styling, both models receive Kia's new grille, aerodynamic body kits, and painted mirror housings with integrated LED turn signals.

Look for more information to be released in the coming months.

Frankfurt 2009: Mercedes-Benz F-Cell rids the show floor of tailpipe emissions

As promised, Mercedes-Benz trotted its hydrogen fuel cell-powered F-Cell in front of the crowds at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and we were on hand to snap off a series of images. It's easy to spot the B-Class sheetmetal and underpinnings of the compact hatch, which goes to show how well the German automaker was able to integrate its space-age hydrogen drivetrain.

A 100 kW electric motor provides motive force to the front wheels, and MB claims the F-Cell will have similar performance to a 2.0 liter gas engine while returning the equivalent of 86.6 mpg on the European combined cycle. Mercedes has promised to begin leasing its new hydrogen-powered five-door hatchback in early 2010, and it's reportedly coming to America to fulfill all our zero-emission fantasies. Now, if we could just get that pesky hydrogen infrastructure problem sorted out.

Hyundai i10 Electric Unveiled in Frankfurt

Hyundai introduced an advance into alternative fuels in Frankfurt, by unveiling the Hyundai i10 Electric. The zero emissions commuter car will get a test production run domestically in Korea beginning next year.

Hyundai kept the weight of the small car to about 1,000 kilos, giving it a range of 160km on a full charge. Using an industrial 413V charger, the Lithium Ion Polymer battery can be recharged to 85 percent capacity in about 15 minutes. On a normal 200V household outlet, a full charge takes place in about five hours. By using LiPoly batteries, Hyundai engineers built a pack that is 20 per-cent smaller than a more common Lithium Ion pack.

The i10 Electric uses a 49 kW electric motor, and is powered by a 16 kWh battery. It achieves a maximum torque rating of 210 Nm at 2,670 RPM. Top speed of the Hyundai i10 Electric is 130 km/h. The car reaches 100 km/h in about 15 seconds.

Also featured on the car is a steering-by-wire system, and brakes powered by an electrical vacuum pump, helping to eliminate the need for hydraulics. An electric water pump keeps the motor and battery running cool, too.

We expect pricing for the Hyundai i10 Electric to be announced closer to its 2010 market launch. Hyundai did not state how many untis would be produced