London Motor Show 2008

Electric cars battle performance purists as the UK’s largest auto show turns green
TOYOTA AYGO CRAZY
This "crazy" one-off boy-racer concept is meant to add pizzazz to the Aygo, Toyota's smallest European car. It combines an Aygo body shell, or most of it, with a purpose-built chassis, a full roll cage, and a mid-mounted 1.8-liter turbocharged engine putting out 197 horsepower and driving the rear wheels. It'll do 0-60 in less than 6 seconds. John Voelcker

The weeklong 2008 British International Auto Show started yesterday and through the Lightnings, Citroens and, yes, Ford Fiestas one common thread has stretched; and it is green. Most of the low and mid-range manufacturers addressed the public’s clarion call for less reliance on pricey fuel.

Citroen’s tiny turbodiesel engine nets 80 miles a gallon, for instance, and plenty of manufacturers rolled out battery-based concepts. The luxury automakers mostly stuck to their high-horsepower, blazing-speed model. But then again, if you can afford a Bentley, what’s another five bucks a gallon?

Launch our gallery here for the entire shiny roundup along with John Voelcker’s on-the-scenes reporting from the 2008 London Motor Show.

MORGAN AEROMAX
CITROEN C-CACTUS
OPEL/VAUXHALL INSIGNIA
LOTUS EVORA
LIGHTNING GT
2009 FORD FIESTA
RENAULT MEGANE R26-R
2009 TOYOTA iQ
TOYOTA HYBRID-X
BRABUS BULLITT BLACK ARROW
HONDA CIVIC TYPE S
HONDA FORMULA 1 RACER
SMART ED
SEAT IBIZA SC
KAMALA K360R
QUIET CAR 1
BENTLEY FLYING SPUR SPEED
HONDA FORMULA 1 RACER