Studies and concept vehicles pave the way to the future

At the Geneva Motor Show 2015 the Sport Coupé Concept GTE study was among the highlights of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand. With its breathtakingly dynamic silhouette, the four-door coupé offers a glimpse into the brand’s progressive new design language. Driven by a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a V6 TSI powertrain and two electric motors, the Sport Coupé Concept GTE achieves a top speed of 250 km/h.

The Audi prologue Avant study was also presented in Geneva: With a successful synthesis of dynamics, form and function, it reinterprets the brand’s Avant philosophy. The five-door vehicle is positioned in the luxury class with a pioneering body concept, characterized by an elongated roof, a very flat D-pillar as well as a broad and flat front end. The prologue Avant is also powered by an innovative plug-in hybrid drive.

The Audi e-tron quattro concept SUV show car – presented at the IAA 2015 – has three electric motors and, thanks to the latest battery technology, optimal integration of the battery and excellent aerodynamics, can cover more than 500 km on a single battery charge.

Porsche showed the future of the electric sports car in 2015 with the Mission E concept car. The four-door car with four-wheel drive features an emotional design and offers the familiar Porsche driving dynamics. The Mission E has a range of more than 500 km. Thanks to Porsche’s innovative Turbo Charging system with system voltage of 800 volts, recharging the battery barely takes longer than a typical refueling stop today: The car can cover approximately 80% of its full range after about 15 minutes at a high-speed charging station.

Bentley introduced the EXP 10 Speed 6 show car in the year under review. This high performance two-seat sports car with muscular bodywork and athletic style combines the luxury brand’s strengths: advanced technology, motorsport DNA and the finest handcrafting. With its hybrid drive system, the EXP 10 Speed 6 was able to set new standards in its class and contribute toward expanding the Bentley model range.