The Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) kicks into action this week (press days tomorrow - 10th - and the 11th). It is Europe's biggest car show and is shaping up t

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The Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) kicks into action this week (press days tomorrow - 10th - and the 11th). It is Europe's biggest car show and is shaping up to be an intriguing one - especially in terms of the electric cars and hybrids on show. As usual, we have a handy guide to the major debuts.

Frankfurt IAA debuts

And there's a thoughtful preview piece from our new product specialist and guru, Glenn Brooks.

Management briefing - 2019 Frankfurt motor show preview

For me, the Frankfurt Motor Show is forever bound in my memory with the horrible events of September 11, 2001 - when I and many others were attending that year's IAA press day. People went to work - in offices and in the emergency services - or boarded aircraft, and they never came home. Horror, bravery, senseless loss - you know the events of that day as well as I do, but I'd like to just take a moment to remember all of the innocent victims of 9/11. I reproduce below - as I do every year - something I wrote on just-auto at the time. I read it again and I am back there, visions of people clustered around TV monitors in shock and disbelief, and in the noisy Messe Frankfurt show hall that suddenly fell very sad and silent in remembrance:

"The horrific events of the 11th September left me numbed. To say the Frankfurt Motor Show was overshadowed is something of an understatement. I was in the DaimlerChrysler media centre at the Frankfurt Show when the news of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre broke.

“My immediate preoccupations took a back seat - that e-mail can wait. The shiny new cars suddenly seemed a good deal less important. The news from New York was utterly incomprehensible and deeply shocking. People were clustered around PCs and TV monitors (immediately all tuned to CNN) trying to find out more. The enormity of what had happened started to sink in. Sickening.

“At the show itself, many press conferences, cocktail parties and dinners were subsequently cancelled. At 10:00am on the 13th, a five-minute silence at the show, in remembrance of the victims, was observed with absolute respect. A noisy show hall fell silent. The emotion and feeling of sadness from this international group of auto industry people was universal. I will never forget it."

Until next time...

Dave LeggettDave Leggett
Managing Editor

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