Marking the sixth generation of the Astra in 30 years, the new model is based on GM's new Delta platform, which also underpins the Chevrolet Volt and Cruze. The new Astra has grown slightly to provide a roomier interior.
The latest Astra will offer eight gasoline and diesel engines that achieve 12 percent better fuel economy overall compared with the current generation, Opel says.
The average fuel consumption of the four diesel engines, which are expected to represent almost half of the Astra sales in Europe, is 4.6 liters per 100km. The gasoline lineup averages 6.1 liters per 100km.
An ecoFlex Astra variant with CO2 emissions of 109g/km and an average fuel consumption of 4.2 liters per 100km will be added to the range in spring 2010.
Opel will also show its Ampera extended-range electric car, which is a sister model to the Chevrolet Volt. The Ampera will go on sale in Europe at the end of 2011, a year later than the Volt.
Peugeot's stand will showcase the brand's new electric minicar, the RCZ coupe, the 5008 compact minivan and the brand's latest diesel hybrid technology.
The electric car is called the iOn and it will go on sale starting at the end of next year. Based on the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, the four-door car can travel 130 km on a full electric charge. Its lithium-ion batteries can be fully recharged in six hours or to 80 percent of their capacity within 30 minutes. Peugeot says the car is particularly suited for use in urban areas.
The RCZ, which is based on the 308 hatchback, has similar styling to the Audi TT. Contract manufacturer Magna Steyr will build the low-volume 2+2 coupe at its plant in Graz, Austria. The car will go on sale starting next spring.
The launch of the five- and seven-seat 5008 just after the Frankfurt show will mark a strategic reversal by PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, which until now has reserved the highly competitive minivan sector for Peugeot's sister brand Citroen.
The 5008 will compete directly with Citroen's Xsara and C4 Picasso, which were Europe's leading minivans in 2008, with sales of 238,769 units. The 5008 will also compete with Renault's redesigned Scenic and Grand Scenic, which are now launching across Europe. The 5008 is based on the same platform as the 308 compact hatchback and the 3008 crossover.
Peugeot also will show diesel-electric hybrid concepts of the RCZ and its 3008 SUV. The 3008 diesel hybrid is scheduled to go on sale in Europe starting in spring 2011 while the RCZ HYbrid4 is an experiment prototype. Peugeot says the diesel-electric technology, which it calls Hybrid4, offers fuel savings of up to 35 percent compared with equivalent diesel engines.
Porsche AG will present the seventh-generation of its flagship, the Porsche 911 Turbo, in coupe and cabriolet forms. The sports car features a new flat-six 500-hp, 3.8-liter powerplant. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission will be offered as an option. When the DCT is combined with direct fuel injection and variable turbine geometry turbocharging the new 911's CO2 emissions decrease 18 percent compared with its predecessor. Sales of the new 911 Turbo will begin in Europe in November with U.S. sales starting in January 2010.
Renault says it will unveil four electric vehicle concepts previewing a new zero emission product range. The French carmaker is giving no more details about the concepts before the show but the cars are expected to use the same technology as the Nissan Leaf, a lithium-ion battery-powered, four-door family hatchback that Renault-Nissan CEO unveiled in Japan on August 3. The debuts could be a two-seater city car, a sporty coupe, a Twingo-sized minicar and a compact sedan.
Renault also will show the Fluence, a roomy four-door sedan, which will it will build in Turkey. The sedan is aimed mainly at developing markets such as Turkey, Russia and eastern and central Europe but the car will also be sold in Western Europe.
The Rolls-Royce Ghost will be the brand's smallest model when it goes on sale after its debut in Frankfurt. With prices expected to be between 200,000 euros and 250,000 euros before taxes, the Ghost is intended to be a more affordable car from the BMW-owned ultraluxury carmaker.
Rolls-Royce says the Ghost will be the most powerful car the brand has ever produced. It will get that power from a new 563-hp, 6.6-liter twin-turbocharged V-12 engine that the carmaker says is unique to the model. The engine is combined with an eight-speed transmission supplied by German supplier ZF Friedrichshafen.
The production Ghost, which takes 20 days to build, is similar to the 200EX concept that Rolls-Royce unveiled at the Geneva auto show in March. The car is 400mm shorter than the Phantom, but Rolls-Royce says its interior space is comparable with the larger car because the Ghost is built around a steel monocoque body, which allows a reduction in exterior dimensions while preserving interior space.
The Ghost is expected to double the brand's annual sales with more than 1,000 Ghosts due to be built a year. About 80 percent of the sedan's buyers are likely to be new to the brand.
Starting in late 2009, Rolls-Royce will have five models: the Ghost, Phantom, Phantom Extended Wheelbase, Phantom Drophead Coupe and Phantom Coupe.
Saab's new 9-5 flagship will be a key launch for the brand's success as an independent automaker under new ownership. In August, General Motors reached a deal to sell Saab to Koenigsegg Group AB, a consortium of private investors that includes Koenigsegg Automotive AB, a tiny Swedish maker of $1 million supercars.