– BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car: Uses carbon fiber parts to achieve light weight and quick acceleration – zero to 100 kph (0-62 mph) in 4.5 seconds.
– Volkswagen e-Golf electric-only compact: VW takes the plunge into electric vehicles with a version of its sales volume leader it says has a range of 190 kilometers and costs â‚¬3.30 to drive 100 kilometers (62 miles.)
– BMW Concept X5 eDrive hybrid electric: A large, luxurious SUV that BMW says gets an average 62 miles per gallon, or 3.8 liters per 100 kilometers.
– Peugeot 308 hatchback: The lossmaking French automaker PSA Peugeot Citroen badly needs this new model to be a winner in a rough European market.
– Ferrari 458 Speciale: Has adjustable aerodynamic elements to keep it on the road at high speed. Zero to 100 kph (62 mph) in a breathtaking 3.0 seconds.
– Mercedes S 500 plug-in hybrid. The luxury brand’s flagship S-Class sedan already had a hybrid version – but this one’s got more horsepower and luxury features.
– Opel Monza concept: This concept car – meaning not necessarily headed for production – should provide clues to future designs from GM’s European subsidiary, which is struggling to turn its earnings around.
– Audi Sport Quattro concept plug-in hybrid: A four-seat coupe with big air intakes giving the front end an aggressive look, and an enormous 700 horsepower from its electric motor and large 4-liter V8 internal combustion engine. Top speed: 305 kph (190 mph.)
– Dacia Duster. This moderately priced SUV from Renault’s Romania-based Dacia brand has been an unexpected big seller; the 2014 version is getting an updated front end in hopes of keeping it that way.
– Toyota Yaris Hybrid R concept: Meant to demonstrate high-performance hybrid technology, this not-for-sale compact juggles power from three electric motors and a 4-cylinder turbocharged engine to generate over 400 horsepower.