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Europeans embrace electric drives at Frankfurt auto show (pictures)

This year's Frankfurt auto show included a preponderance of electrified vehicles, both hybrids and battery-powered, along with important new cars and a whole slew of concepts.

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Porsche Mission E concept
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Porsche Mission E concept

Porsche's all electric concept boasts a range of 310 miles.

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Porsche Mission E concept
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Porsche Mission E concept

With Porsche engineering, the Mission E should have excellent handling.

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Audi E-tron Quattro concept
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Audi E-tron Quattro concept

Audi is working towards an electric car in 2018, using the E-tron Quattro concept as a research vehicle.

Nissan Gripz concept
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Nissan Gripz concept

Nissan Gripz concept was inspired by a Datsun 240Z rally car.

Nissan Gripz concept
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Nissan Gripz concept

The Nissan Gripz concept uses electric propulsion based on the Leaf.

BMW 330e
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BMW 330e

BMW shows off a plug-in hybrid version of the 3-series.

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BMW 330e
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BMW 330e

The BMW 330e's iDrive infotainment system is modified to show electric propulsion information.

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Jaguar F-Pace
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2017 Jaguar F-Pace

Jaguar unveiled its first SUV.

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Jaguar F-Pace
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2017 Jaguar F-Pace

Jaguar has a lot of legacy engineering and electronics to bank on for the F-Pace.

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2016 BMW X1
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2016 BMW X1

BMW has a completely redesigned and rebuilt X1 small SUV.

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2016 Infiniti Q30

Infinit's latest model shows striking design.

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Honda Project 2&4
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Honda Project 2&4
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2016 Kia Sportage
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2016 Kia Sportage

The Kia Sportage gets a big tech update.

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2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia
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2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia

Alfa Romeo brings another model to the US.

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Toyota C-HR concept
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Toyota C-HR concept

Toyota preps a completely new small SUV.

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Rolls-Royce Dawn
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Rolls-Royce Dawn

Rolls-Royce's new convertible is its most approachable car.

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Mazda Koeru concept
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Mazda Koeru concept

Mazda shows off a concept that could fit into its CX line of SUVs.

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Audi Lunar Quattro
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Audi Lunar Quattro

Audi partners with a team Part Time Scientists to send a four-wheel-drive rover to the moon.

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Hyundai Vision Gran Turismo concept
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Hyundai Vision Gran Turismo concept

Hyundai shows off its concept for the Gran Turismo video game.

Citroen Cactus M concept
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Citroen Cactus M concept

Citroen modifies its popular Cactus model.

Citroen Cactus M concept
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Citroen Cactus M concept

The Cactus M concept's seats embrace its occupants.

Peugeot Fractal concept
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Peugeot Fractal concept

Peugeot brought a sports car concept to the Frankfurt auto show.

Peugeot Fractal concept
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Peugeot Fractal concept

The Fractal concept shows serious use of carbon fiber.

Jaguar C-X75 Spectre
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Jaguar C-X75 Spectre

This Jaguar C-X75 appears in the latest James Bond movie, Spectre.

Land Rover Defender Spectre
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Land Rover Defender Spectre

The baddies drive this Land Rover Defender in the latest James Bond movie, Spectre.

Mercedes-Benz G500
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Mercedes-Benz G500

The massive G-Wagen is even harder to miss in fluorescent yellow paint.

Mercedes-Benz IAA concept
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Mercedes-Benz IAA concept

Mercedes-Benz designed this concept car just for the Frankfurt auto show.

Mercedes-Benz IAA concept
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Mercedes-Benz IAA concept

The Mercedes-Benz IAA concept is one vision the company sees for its future cars.

Smart ForTwo Disco
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Smart ForTwo Disco

Smart brought out the disco edition of its Smart ForTwo.

Porsche 911 Carrera S
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Porsche 911 Carrera S

Porsche's new turbocharged Carrera S looks good in blue.

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Ferrari 488 Spider
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Ferrari 488 Spider

A new open top version of the Ferrari 488 took the stage.

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Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 Spyder
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Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 Spyder

Not to be outdone on the open top theme, Lamborghini releases a Spyder version of its Huracán.

Bentley Bentayga
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Bentley Bentayga

It's official, Bentley now makes an SUV, and it's called Bentayga.

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Smart Fortwo Cabriolet
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Smart Fortwo Cabriolet

Smart gives buyers of its redesigned Fortwo and Forfour an open-air option with the launch of two Cabriolet models.

Mercedes-Benz Gran Turismo Vision concept
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Mercedes-Benz Gran Turismo Vision concept

Mercedes-Benz's GT Vision Concept makes a return appearance at the car show, which is looking more and more like a video game trailer.

Kia Procee'd GT Line
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Kia Procee'd GT Line

Kia's Cee'd, Procee'd, and Sportage models all get new "GT Line" trim levels with more aggressive looks and sport-tuned suspensions.

Honda Civic Tourer Active Life concept
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Honda Civic Tourer Active Life concept

The Euro-market Honda Civic Tourer sport wagon gets modified to meet the needs of drivers with active lifestyles.

Mazda Mazda2
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Mazda Mazda2

Remember what the Mazda2 looked like before it became the Scion iA? CNET remembers.

Toyota Mirai
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Toyota Mirai

The Frankfurt auto show is such a large show that the fastest way to get from one end to the other is to hop a ride on a "presseshuttle" car provided by the manufacturers. Among the fleet, we spotted this Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle.

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