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2019 Frankfurt IAA motor show world premieres list 11 Sep 2019

Column: Frankfurt Motor Show

The media preview days of the 2019 Frankfurt IAA brought a few surprises. Volkswagen (a camouflaged and altered I.D. Crozz which will be called ID.4), Hyundai (i30 N Project C), FAW (Hongqi S9 & E115 prototypes) and BMW (i Hydrogen Next, and the Concept 4: yes, the one with THAT grille) were among the OEMs showing unheralded vehicles.


Management briefing - 2019 Frankfurt motor show preview 3 Sep 2019

Column: Frankfurt Motor Show

There is no question about it, the ID.3 will be the main attraction of the 2019 edition of the Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA). Volkswagen even delayed the next Golf to be certain of no other vehicle stealing the thunder of this EV. The Land Rover Defender will also be making headlines, as will the Porsche Taycan even though the latter is to be revealed on 4 September, almost a week ahead of the IAA's first press day.


Management briefing - 2017 Frankfurt motor show overview 18 Sep 2017

Column: Frankfurt Motor Show

Did Mercedes-AMG win the battle of the clicks for news coverage from the 2017 Frankfurt IAA? The Project ONE hypercar was certainly one of the highlights - when did we last see an F1 engine in a road car? In the world of important new production cars, the VW T-Roc and Polo were the stand outs, while for futuristic prototypes, Audi was surely the winner with its Aicon concept.


Tenneco comfortable with auto's electrification drive 15 Sep 2017

Column: Frankfurt Motor Show

At the 2017 Frankfurt IAA we spoke to Ben Patel, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Tenneco.


2017 Frankfurt IAA motor show - all the world debuts 13 Sep 2017

Column: Frankfurt Motor Show

All the world premieres from the 2017 Frankfurt IAA are listed below. The most important production models making their motor show debuts were the Volkswagen Polo and Volkswagen T-Roc, Porsche Cayenne, Opel Grandland X, Škoda Karoq and SEAT Arona.


FRANKFURT - ACEA proposes post-2021 CO2 reductions 13 Sep 2017

Column: Frankfurt Motor Show

In what looks like a pre-emptive strike ahead of European Commission proposals, Europe's carmakers have proposed a further reduction to fleet average CO2 targets by 2030, but also said they can only be achieved with much higher take-up of electric vehicles and the provision of battery charging infrastructure.


FRANKFURT - Maserati switches to EPS to enable new ADAS functions 13 Sep 2017

Column: Frankfurt Motor Show

Maserati has switched its Ghibli, Quattroporte and Levante models to electric power steering (EPS) for the 2018 model year, enabling new driver assistance systems (ADAS).


COMMENT - The car shows world order is changing 13 Sep 2017

Column: Frankfurt Motor Show

Frankfurt, Paris, Geneva, Tokyo and Detroit – the big five, must-attend car shows. Not anymore, the world order has changed.


FRANKFURT - Borgward coming (back) to Germany 12 Sep 2017

Column: Frankfurt Motor Show

Stuttgart-based Borgward plans to enter the German market by the end of the year, it announced at the Frankfurt show.


FRANKFURT - Honeywell and Lear collaborate on cybersecurity 12 Sep 2017

Column: Frankfurt Motor Show

Honeywell and Lear announced at Frankfurt they are collaborating to provide automotive software technology and infrastructure to address threats associated with emerging connected and autonomous vehicle development.


FRANKFURT - Kia tops rivals for IAA debuts 12 Sep 2017

Column: Frankfurt Motor Show

One of the most satisfied car chiefs at the Frankfurt IAA must be Michael Cole, chief operating officer of Kia Motors Europe. His list of vehicle introductions was longer than most of his rivals' entire model ranges.


FRANKFURT - PSA's Tavares sees need to raise Opel efficiency 12 Sep 2017

Column: Frankfurt Motor Show

In an interview with just-auto at the Frankfurt Motor Show, PSA chief Carlos Tavares warns of productivity gaps across the Opel manufacturing network that will require work to bring plants into line with PSA efficiency levels. He also says the company is planning several post-Brexit scenarios in the absence of any guidance from the UK government and European Commission.


FRANKFURT - "No previous IAA has ever been more politically charged" 12 Sep 2017

Column: Frankfurt Motor Show

The Frankfurt show this year "is taking place in unusual times", Matthias Wissmann, president of the German automotive industry association VDA, said at a press conference. "The public and political mood is extremely challenging."


FRANKFURT - Ssangyong sees redesigned Rexton 'taking brand to new level' in UK 12 Sep 2017

Column: Frankfurt Motor Show

The redesigned Ssangyong Rexton, making its European debut at the Frankfurt show, will push the South Korean brand to a new level. That's the confident prediction from Paul Williams, head of Ssangyong in the UK, the brand's best performing market in Europe.


FRANKFURT - ZF and Baidu agree strategic cooperation 12 Sep 2017

Column: Frankfurt Motor Show

ZF Friedrichshafen and Chinese internet company Baidu have announced a new strategic cooperation. The two partners intend to collaborate in the areas of autonomous driving and telematics as well as mobility services to develop extensive technical solutions for autonomous driving in China.


FRANKFURT - Toyota to add high performance hybrid powertrain 12 Sep 2017

Column: Frankfurt Motor Show

Toyota will introduce a new high performance hybrid powertrain next year to be made available as an option on a number of its models.


FRANKFURT - BMW's high-end e-mobility vision 12 Sep 2017

Column: Frankfurt Motor Show

BMW has shown its 'i Vision Dynamics' concept at Frankfurt. The four-door Gran Coupe study has a pure-electric drive system and BMW says it offers 'a clear image of the electric mobility of the near future'.


FRANKFURT - VW Group ramps up e-mobility plans 12 Sep 2017

Column: Frankfurt Motor Show

Volkswagen Group has used the Frankfurt Motor Show as a platform to ramp up its plans for electric cars.


FRANKFURT - Ford shows updated Mustang for Europe 11 Sep 2017

Column: Frankfurt Motor Show

Ford's updated Mustang is making its European public debut at the Frankfurt show this week with a new engine, transmission and enhanced safety technology.


Management briefing - 2017 Frankfurt motor show preview 7 Sep 2017

Column: Frankfurt Motor Show

A lot has changed since the last Frankfurt IAA cars show took place two years ago. Opel and Vauxhall have been spun off from the GM empire making Groupe PSA Europe's second largest OEM by regional sales volume. And while diesels are increasingly seen as 'dirty', there is a certain irony that the first engines for the future Euro 6.2 emissions standard are now being announced.


FRANKFURT - Daimler to demo EQ Ready EV buyers help app 6 Sep 2017

Column: Frankfurt Motor Show

Daimler claims its new EQ Ready app will help motorists decide whether it makes sense for them to switch to an electric car or hybrid.


TIDAL music partners with Mercedes-Benz 6 Sep 2017

Column: Frankfurt Motor Show

Mercedes-Benz and music and entertainment streaming platform, TIDAL, have announced a long-term partnership. In the next few months, Mercedes-Benz customers that have connected their car to the 'Mercedes me' Portal will be able to access a complimentary TIDAL HiFi membership.


Honda to launch first hybrid SUV for Europe at Frankfurt 5 Sep 2017

Column: Frankfurt Motor Show

Honda Europe will unveil its CR-V Hybrid 'prototype' at the 2017 Frankfurt show next month, previewing its first electrified SUV for this region.


GKN to reveal new electric axle concept at IAA 5 Sep 2017

Column: Frankfurt Motor Show

A new electric axle concept will be revealed by GKN at the 67th Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA).


Magna develops AD system without 'roof spinners' 1 Sep 2017

Column: Frankfurt Motor Show

Magna International is developing a system automakers can use to enable vehicles to drive autonomously without the need for rooftop sensors or other compromises to vehicle styling.


Volkswagen finally enters Qashqai segment with T-Roc 23 Aug 2017

Column: Frankfurt Motor Show

When the new Golf-sized T-Roc crossover enters production in a few months' time, it will be eleven years since Nissan defined and began its domination of a new vehicle class with the Qashqai. This is just the first of multiple additional Volkswagens too - Europe's most successful brand is finally fully embracing crossovers and SUVs.


Ferrari Portofino will replace California T 23 Aug 2017

Column: Frankfurt Motor Show

The successor for what started life in 2008 as the F149 California before changing names to California T in 2014 has been named. The new Ferrari Portofino is a 2+2 coupé-convertible, powered by a 441kW (600cv) turbocharged V8.


BorgWarner to show technology in IAA debut 22 Aug 2017

Column: Frankfurt Motor Show

BorgWarner will exhibit its technology for the first time at next month's IAA in Frankfurt.


Chery to launch new brand, SUV, at Frankfurt 16 Aug 2017

Column: Frankfurt Motor Show

Chery Automobile said it would start sales of passenger cars in Europe within the next few years under a new brand.


How 900Nm and 48V make the Audi SQ7 TDI epic 11 Aug 2017

Column: Frankfurt Motor Show

In the words of a friend who owns a Golf GTD and is a long time fan of multiple Volkswagen Group models, driving the Audi SQ7 would have to be "like propelling a municipal building at lightspeed". Is three times the torque output of most small diesel engines necessary, though?

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