The global car industry descends on Frankfurt this week to show off the latest models it hopes will fend off an economic slowdown in some of its biggest markets.
Volkswagen was the first group to unveil its cars. We are talking about the Vw Group – so Audi, Porsche, Vw Cars, Seat, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Bentley …
In front of 2352 journalists from 43 different countries, Volkswagen flexed its motoring muscles.
Even there were some rumors about the next generation Golf7, this year at Frankfurt Vw unveiled Up! This small, city-car is Wolfsburg’s big news at the IAA, and it looks neat and pert in the metal.
At 3540mm long (2420mm wheelbase), 1640mm wide, 1480mm tall, the Up! is 412mm shorter and 42mm narrower than the Polo. The Up!’s wheelbase is just 50mm shorter than the Polo, and at its highest point it is 26mm taller than the Polo.
The Up! will initially be offered in Europe with a turbocharged and direct-injected 1.0 litre three-cylinder petrol engine, producing 44kW in standard form and 60kW in up-spec models – thanks to a little more boost pressure.
Another important news from Vw was the Polo WRC. The car will be used to launch the testing programme this year in preparation for the FIA World Rally Championship.
Vw’s premium division from Ingolstadt will bring five new models at Frankfurt, but until now only three were presented to the media. First was the A2 Concept.
Sharing underpinnings with the baby A1, the A2 Concept is 3,800 mm long, 1,690 mm wide and 1,490 mm tall, measurements that are 26 mm shorter, 17mm wider and 63 mm lower than the original car.
Another news came from the Rs5 and A5 DTM. This were the launches at Vw’s Night. For today, Audi will unveil later the new Urban Concept.
The most important news from Skoda is the new Mission L, a car that will slot in between the current Fabia and Octavia models. The car is described as ‘close to production ready’, and will be in European, Russian and Chinese showrooms next year.
Speaking at the VW Group presentation evening on the eve of the show, Skoda Board Chairman Prof Dr h c Winfried Vahland says that the MissionL premiere kicks off the brand’s model offensive for coming years.
The Czech brand has made it clear that by 2018 it wants to increase its total vehicles sales figure to 1.5 million, and this new model will be a crucial component of that goal.
First, there were no new Leon. Most probably, it will come next year. However, VW’s Spanish subsidiary unveiled IBL Concept, a concept that shows where the brand’s design is heading.
Over the next few years, SEAT will embark upon a product offensive that will see the spirit of the IBL reflected in several series-production models. The new design language is based on two principles: minimalist exterior with an innovative, premium interior.
Porsche has officially launched last night the new 911 Carrera. Even sitting next to new Bentleys and Bugattis it drew the biggest crowds by far at the VW Group preview evening. It is an icon of German engineering, no doubt, and to Porsche fans epitomises speed and quality.
The new iconic model was joined on stage by all six previous generations of the 911 something that highlighted how much the new car has grown – the new 911 is longer, wider and lower, but most important shows how true to the original shape every iteration has stayed.
The seventh-generation 911, which has a top speed of 289 kilometers per hour (179 miles per hour) and surges to 100 kilometers in 4.6 seconds, will be more powerful and 45 kilograms (100 pounds) lighter than its predecessor due to bodywork chiefly made from aluminum, allowing the car to burn 16 percent less fuel, Porsche spokesman Hermann-Josef Stappen said.
Where power means power! No car does shock and awe quite like the Bugatti Veyron, and no special edition has been quite as wild as this. The porcelain-blinged Veyron Grand Sport L’Or Blanc is the most exclusive coupe in the world, and was unveiled last night at Frankfurt. This one-off “white gold” Grand Sport is the result of Bugatti working with Germany’s Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur, a centuries-old porcelain producer based in Berlin.
The porcelain is used for the inlays of the center wheel badges, the fuel filler cap, and the oil filler cap, as well as the signature “EB” badge at the rear.
The porcelain has also been used for the interior and can be found on the famous elephant sculpture that stands in an upright standing position.
Lamborghini whisked the covers off the new £195,000 Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale supercar on the eve of the 2011 Frankfurt motor show.
So yes – there will be no Sesto Elemento at Frankfurt. Since the Lamborghini Gallardo is getting near the end of its production life, this super-sporty model is said to be one of the last versions, if not the last to market.
This race-bred Gallardo weighs only 1340 kilograms, which given its 570 hp/540 Nm V10 engine means it goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds and reaches 200 km/h just 10.4 seconds later, and tops out at 320 km/h.