Frankfurt 2013 roundup


One of the most important motor shows of the year, the Frankfurt Motor Show, has just ended and what a show it was!. I have created a handy round-up to help guide you through all the biggest and most exciting debuts.

My A to Z list is kick-started by Audi who unveiled their Audi Sport Quattro Concept which is a truly amazing 690bhp plug-in hybrid. This stunner will be built in small numbers, and will be the most expensive model that Audi sells. Audi also revealed their new A3 Cabriolet and the production version of their A3 Saloon, as well as a facelifted A8 and a concept called ‘Nanuk’ which is part supercar and part SUV Crossover. This concept previews a new design language and SUV technology from Audi.

BMW had a busy time at this year’s show, showcasing new models and new technology.The long-awaited i3 and i8 were the main attraction followed by the 4 Series and new X5 with eDrive technology. Out of most purchasers budget’s, but there none the less was Bugatti who promised 6 special edition ‘Legend’ versions of the Veyron 16.4 litre Grand Sport Vitesse. Chevrolet showcased the new Camaro Coupe and Convertible – both powered by a 426bhp 6.2 litre V8. Citroen unveiled the Cactus Concept which shows off the firm’s new back-to-basics design philosophy for its non-DS branded models. The other Citroen to make its public appearance was the Grand C4 Picasso.

Ford didn’t disappoint excited fans by revealing its S-Max Concept which features a bolder front end with chrome detailing and raked back headlights. Its based on the same platform as the next generation Mondeo and is likely to use a range of turbocharged EcoBoost petrol and diesel engines. A hybrid version is also being considered. Honda revealed their Civic Tourer while Hyundai introduced the public to their new i10 city-car. Nissan’s premium brand, Infiniti, showcased their Audi A3 rival car – named the Q30 while Jaguar thrilled fans with their much-anticipated SUV – the C-X17. This amazing concept is due for production in 2016.

Kia used the show to unveil the new Soul and updated Optima family saloon. Land Rover showed off their changes to their well liked Discovery with new technology being introduced. Further down the main hall of the show was the Lexus stand where the star attraction was the ferocious looking compact SUV concept called the LF-NX which will go up against the likes of the Audi Q3. Mazda showed off their just-launched Mazda 3 while Mercedes-Benz debuted their astonishingly technological new S-Class Saloon and S-Class Coupe along with a CLA Racing Series and the S63 AMG.

Nissan’s new X-Trail was their centre-piece along with the Nismo range of ‘hot’ Nissan’s. All was a little calmer on the Renault stand where a concept was shown which pre-views the replacement for the Espace people carrier. Seat, Skoda and Suzuki had minor launches but they all did preview styling changes for their next generation of cars while Toyota did wow the record numbers of attendee’s at the show with their Yaris Hybrid-R concept. It uses a 1.6 litre Global Race Engine developed by Toyota Motorsport.

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VW had a busy time in Frankfurt, unveiling 5 new cars in the shape of a 4wd Golf R, e-Golf, e-UP, new Golf Plus and Caddy Bluemotion. Volvo provided a glimpse of the future with their spiritual successor to the glorious P1800 – suitably called a ‘Concept Coupe’. This is an indication as to Volvo’s future design direction.

However, for me, the real star of the show was on the Opel stand where the centre-piece was a new Monza complete with gullwing doors and stunning design features. It was everyone’s hope that this car does make it in to production as it will, single-handedly, reignite the public’s interest in this great German marque. No matter what production car or concept car took the fancy of the attendee’s at the show, it was clear that it was one of the best Motor Show’s ever held in Frankfurt. I am really looking forward to next year’s show….I’m sure you are too. Happy Motoring !!

Text by Declan Glynn Aff.I.M.I., F.M.I.