Highlights of the 2012 Hanover Auto Show
Published October 4, 2012
There are many spectacular auto shows held throughout the world each year, but a couple of them are one step ahead of the rest in terms of popularity and impact they have on the automotive industry. Some of the shows that are right there at the top are the Paris Auto Show 2012, Geneva Auto Show, the Chicago Auto Show, the Detroit Auto Show and the Beijing Auto Show, but they all must tip their hats to the Frankfurt Auto Show, arguably the world’s largest and most significant auto show at the moment.
The Frankfurt Auto Show is divided into two events. This year it was the commercial vehicles event’s turn, which is traditionally held in the German city of Hanover. The other event is designated for passenger vehicles and it is held in odd-numbered years in Frankfurt. This year the Hanover Auto Show started on September 20 and it ended on September 27.
The theme of this year’s show was promoting electric commercial vehicles. There were a lot of vans, trailers and trucks that have green technologies implemented in them.
One of the most anticipated vehicles was the Citroen Berlingo Electric. It runs on a 22.5 kWh battery which generates 67 hp and it can travel 106 miles per one charge. Its payload capacity is 1,488 pounds. The van’s production should start in 2013.
Another excellent example of an electric commercial vehicle is the Peugeot Partner Electric. It is driven by lithium-ion batteries that produce 147 lb-ft of torque. It has a range of 106 miles on one charge.
Japanese car maker Nissan also unveiled an all-electric van at the Hanover Show. The e-NV200 Panel Van is a concept car, but it is expected to go into production in 2013. The e-NV200 can generate 107 hp and 206 lb-ft of torque. It has a large cargo capacity of 148.3 cubic feet. It’s a zero emissions vehicle that is currently tested by FedEx, a collaboration that should help in the research and development phase of the van.
One of the stars of the show was definitely the Ford Transit Custom, which won the 2013 International Van of the Year award. The Dacia Dokker and Mercedes-Benz Citan came in second and third, respectively. Although it is not an electric vehicle, it still offers a great fuel efficiency. It runs on a 2.2-liter diesel engine and has a mileage estimate of 43.5 mpg, which is pretty good for this type of vehicle.
All things considered, we can say that this year’s International Motor Show for Commercial Vehicles in Hanover upheld its reputation as the largest and most important commercial vehicles show in the world, offering a lot of new production, as well as concept vehicles with some very innovative green technologies unveiled for the first time as features on commercial vehicles.
By Jordan Perch
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