Frankfurt: Speed, Luxury & Not a Whole Lot of Green
At the Frankfurt Motor Show this week Volkswagen will introduce the Golf GTI Clubsport, a 40th anniversary model that is truly the definition of a “hot hatch,” as it goes from 0 to 62 mph (a.k.a., 0 to 100 km/h) in 5.9 seconds.
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At the Frankfurt Motor Show this week Volkswagen will introduce the Golf GTI Clubsport, a 40th anniversary model that is truly the definition of a “hot hatch,” as it goes from 0 to 62 mph (a.k.a., 0 to 100 km/h) in 5.9 seconds. And what’s more, it is fuel efficient, achieving 34.8 mpg:
Then there will the Bentayga SUV, a 600-hp beast from Bentley that is not only fast and large, but offering the finest amenities that defy imagination for those of us who aren’t bazillionaires, such as the availability of “an exquisite integrated Mulliner Hamper Set, complete with cooler, bespoke fine Linley china cutlery, crockery and crystal glass, and storage area for dry goods.” Indeed:
Rolls-Royce will be expanding its lineup of fine automobiles by offering a convertible, the Dawn, about which Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said, “It will be the most social of super-luxury drophead motor cars for those who wish to bathe in the sunlight of the world’s most exclusive social hotspots.” Um, yes:
All of those cars, as well as others, are the primary subject on this edition of “Autoline After Hours.” Joining host John McElroy and me are Stephanie Brinley of IHS Automotive and Todd Lassa of Automobile magazine.
Also discussed are the curious lack of “green” products being promoted for Frankfurt, the reveal of the 2016 Toyota Prius in Las Vegas last week, what may happen this week between the UAW and the Big Three, and much more.
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Although the term “continuous improvement” is generally associated with another company, Honda is certainly pursuing that approach, as is evidenced by the Accord, which is now in its ninth generation.
Ford has made an accomplishment that will never be bested, never even be tied.
Dan Nicholson is vice president of General Motors Global Propulsion Systems, the organization that had been “GM Powertrain” for 24 years.