The Frankfurt Motor Show opens its doors today at the trade fair grounds in Frankfurt-Am-Main and to celebrate here are ten of the cars which the public should look out for if visiting the attraction.
Car enthusiasts have the chance to compare notes, study new vehicles or simply gaze in awe at the array of cars on show in one of the car calendar’s biggest events, the Frankfurt Motor Show.
The biennial event allows the Hessian city to steal the limelight for the right reasons, as troubles with its banking sector and the relegation of Eintracht from the Bundesliga have left Frankfurters needing a fillip which only a prestigious car event can offer.
What better way to start than to talk about the new version of the Porsche 911 Carrera? This model is a certainty to turn heads at the motor show due to its name, reputation and design. The model is sleeker, lighter and yet more powerful than the previous Porsche 911 Carrera.
The car comes with a seven speed transmission, can race to 179 miles per hour when not on automatic and is able to speed between 50-75 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds. The 911 Carrera’s in gear acceleration allows it to reach 99 miles per hour in ten seconds flat. With statistics like that, it is perhaps not surprising that the new Porsche model will set you back £71,499.
Volkswagen’s Up! is due to be released in Europe during December but buyers can have a sneak preview in Frankfurt before it is officially placed on the market. The Up! will be sold as part of three specifications, labelled ‘take Up!’, ‘move Up!’ and ‘high Up!’ and has been designed as a four seated three door or five door sedan.
As well as a petrol vehicle which has a three cylinder engine, Volkswagen are to unveil an electric version of the Up! which would require the car to be charged for five hours. Once fully charged the car can be driven for an 80 mile radius before it is required to be charged again.
The Seat Exeo is a design based on the previous A4 car which proved such a success with consumers. Seat have tweaked the design to turn the Exeo into an executive style car which offers the motoring enthusiast new alloy wheels, while the CO² emissions have been lowered to 129g/km thanks to the resizing of the Exeo’s engine.
With a two litre engine which is able to guide the vehicle from 0-60 miles per hour in 7.1 seconds and naturally smooth leather upholstery it is not difficult to see why Seat believe this car is an ideal addition to their executive car range, it certainly has an executive price range coming in at just under £21,000.
No motor show can offer an international appeal without the glamour of a classic name unveiling its latest product there. Step forward Aston Martin whose V12 Zagato is a definite purchase for those who like to collect limited edition cars. The firm profiled a racing version of the V12 Zagato at the 24 Nurburgring race.
Aston Martin have created a modified road model for the Frankfurt Motor Show and only 150 of Aston Martin’s V12 Zagatos will be produced by the world renowned car manufacturer. Each individual model costs £300,000 for which you receive a rear wheel drive which can reach 60 miles per hour in four seconds and has a top speed of 190 miles per hour.
Another luxury car on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show is the Audi S8, which is part of the Audi flagship fleet. The S8 V10 engines in previous models will be replaced by a twin turbocharged V8 engine capable of producing 513 brake horse power. There are subtle differences between the S8 and the A8 Audi model but these are so minor as to be barely noticed.
Similar to its predecessors the S8 has a six speed manual transmission and a braking system which has ventilated discs around the car. Alloy wheels are fitted as standard, as is a tyre pressure monitoring system.
The Ferrari 458 Spider has described itself as the first model to have a V8 rear engine with a retractable hard top roof. This roof can be deployed in just under 14 seconds and is the lightest roof yet made for a Ferrari.
In true Ferrari style the car can top speeds of almost 200 miles per hour and can race from 0-60 miles per hour in 3.4 seconds. This is no doubt helped by the dual clutch seven speed F1 transmission which supports the 4.5 litre V8 engine. Thanks to the electric wind stop, air can be diffused in the cockpit meaning that conversations can be had at 200 miles per hour without either person having to raise their voice.
Just as fast and just as classy as the Ferrari 458 Spider is the Bentley Continental GTC. The company are profiling the second generation Continental GTC at the Frankfurt Motor Show, although at a cost of £149,350 the market it is aimed at is a fairly exclusive one.
Similar to the existing Continental GTC, the car is a convertible and has 567 brake horse power which allows the car to reach a top speed of 195 miles per hour. The car is able to accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in 4.8 seconds and has a 90 litre fuel tank ready to be topped up with petrol. The gearbox offers ZF six speed automatic transmission with a steering column-mounted paddleshift.
Fresh from its successful US and Chinese débuts, the Chevrolet Malibu is to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show with a retail price of just over £21,000. Chevrolet are keen to emphasise the safety aspects of the new Malibu, which comes with six air bags, a standard Stabili Trak electronic system and an automatic crash response system.
The Malibu comes with a six speed transmission and a 100,000 mile or five year Powertrain limited warranty and offers the driver front wheeled drive. The car has a cruising range for approximately 360 miles if used as a city car or 540 miles if used on the open road.
Available in the UK next year but on show at the Frankfurt Motor Show this year, the Citroen DS5 is the latest auto mobile to be launched from the DS range. Interestingly, the car uses both engine horse power and an electric motor to turn the wheels, with the former being used for the front wheels and the latter being used for the back set. These advancements allow the car to accelerate to 60 miles per hour from a standing start in 8.8 seconds.
Citroen claim that the car has no direct rivals and that whilst the vehicle is targeted towards the executives of the business world, its style and design give it the impression of being akin to a Mondeo, albeit leaner when compared to the Ford favourite.
The final car to look out for at the Frankfurt Motor Show is the Mercedes Benz B-Class. There is a feeling that no motor show held on German soil could be complete without one of the most famous German luxury brands on the planet making an appearance. Mercedes credit customer feedback for their new model, which is lower in height than its previous incarnation but offers more space internally.
Available as either a petrol five gear manual transmission or a diesel six gear automatic transmission, the car benefits from significantly lower fuel consumption compared to previous models. The B-Class is also one of the safest cars around to drive, having been awarded five stars in the EuroNCAP safety awards.