MOTOR’s editor, Ray Leathern, is on the frontlines, bringing you the reveals that matter from this year’s IAA motor show in Frankfurt. Here are the highlights of this year’s show
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We’ve spent the last week at Frankfurt Motor Show, the IAA (Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung) as it’s officially known has been around since 1897, that’s 120 years of motoring. With the developments of technology, the search for greener solutions and safer cars the IAA has gone from being a trade show to a mobility forum. Having attended the show in the past, the evolution of the motoring industry is happening in leaps and bounds. Dr Wolfgang Porsche summarised it well “The automotive world will change more over the next ten years than it has during the course of the last 100 years”. Our roundup of the best cars you’ll find below.
Volkswagen revealed the long-awaited ID.3, an all electric-hatchback set to revolutionise your everyday drivers car. Revealed at the exclusive Volkswagen Group night ahead of the motor show opening, Volkswagen’s first electric vehicle, the ID3 – ID stands for Intelligent Design, and 3 stands for the third chapter, as in after Beetle and Golf – is a family-sized hatchback, much like the Golf, and is expected to take the brand into the electrified future.
The Porsche Taycan electric vehicle, Porsche’s worst-kept secret, is finally among us. Following on from the Porsche Mission E concept of 2014, the start of the electric age has finally dawned for the world’s most illustrious sports-car manufacturer. Revealed last week and shown for the first in the metal at the Frankfurt motor show, the Taycan looks virtually unchanged from the original concept car; whitewall wheels, coke-bottle silhouette, quad-LED DLRs, single-strip rear LED taillights and all.
It’s time to dust off the old pith helmet and celebrate the arrival of the new Land Rover Defender, revealed to the world at the Frankfurt motor show. It’s been a long time coming, since 2015, and the news that Land Rover’s parent company, Tata, would birth the first all-new version of the quintessentially British off-roader in nearly 70 years. Hallelujah!
BMW have outwitted the competition at Frankfurt Motor Show by releasing a smorgasbord of products to dominate social media. The two standouts for us are the M8 and Concept 4.
Fresh to the Frankfurt motor show floor, meet the new BMW M8, a performance coupè that’ll harass supercars with its elegant yet aggressive styling. The up-tuned 4.4-litre V8 engine represents all the firepower BMW M currently has on offer and is a masterpiece of modern engineering. It’s the same engine found in the frankly epic M5 Competition, and one that offers mammoth performance, razor-sharp response and accessible power throughout an exceptionally wide rev band.
What’s Frankfurt Motor Show without a curveball? The latest to be yorked down the pitch at IAA 2019 is the BMW Concept 4. Not many details were shown and that’s ok, it’s the most proportionally correct BMW we’ve laid eyes on in a while. We’re holding BMW to its future ideals for the Concept 4 “this car is all about: the modern essence of a coupe oozing aesthetic appeal from every pore”.
We saw Honda’s future electric city car concept revealed at the 2019 Geneva motor show and we saw that it was very coo-chi-coo – a sort of retro-futuristic Japanese electric Mini, if you will, paying homage to cars from a simpler era in the ’60s, ’70s with circular headlights and the like. Now Honda has given us specifications at Frankfurt Motor Show.
Lamborghini is testament to the never say never to hybrid power rule, their bullish stance towards hybrids couldn’t last forever, and so, entered Stefano Domenicali, former team principal of the Ferrari F1 team. And voila, would you believe it, his first real contribution is a hybrid hypercar.
This being the headline European motor show of 2019, the buzz word from the majority of manufacturers in Frankfurt has been ‘electrification’. Mini Electric, Volkswagen ID3, Honda e, you name it, if you’re not in the electric game you’re nowhere. But to show Hyundai has its finger on the EV pulse, too, the Korean firm has shown a new electric concept car, named simply the 45.
Revealed in the build up to the 2019 IAA show, and shown for the first time in the metal at Messe Frankfurt, the Audi RS 6 Avant is a recipe that needs no messing with from Audi Sport. The big estate/station wagon with near-supercar performance and the all-weather practicality of an SUV is into its fourth generation (codenamed C8) now, but was hardly an exercise in cut and paste from its predecessor.