Electric cars, small SUVs dominate buzz at Frankfurt show

Electric cars, small SUVs dominate buzz at Frankfurt show

September 12th, 2017 by Associated Press in National Technology

The Concept EQA is presented by Mercedes-Benz on the first media day of the International Frankfurt Motor Show IAA in Frankfurt, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, which runs through Sept. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

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FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - Carmakers at the Frankfurt auto show are unveiling the low-emissions vehicles and technology strategies they hope will let them profit from the sweeping changes many expect to hit the auto industry in the next few years.

Volkswagen AG announced a long-term electrification campaign, saying its brands would introduce 80 new electric vehicles by 2025. The company plans to invest 20 billion euros ($24 billion) in upgrading plants, creating two new electric car platforms and training workers.

Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz was to unveil on Tuesday a compact electric vehicle under its EQ sub-brand and the GLC F-Cell, a battery-fuel cell hybrid that can run on hydrogen and emits only water vapor. BMW AG is showing off a concept vehicle for the first electric Mini compact due in 2019.