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2009 Frankfurt Motor Show Round-Up!

by on Sep.18, 2009

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More than 50 new cars, trucks and crossovers debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The press days are over, and the public is spilling through the turnstiles at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.  But if you can’t make it to the sprawling Frankfurt Messe, don’t fret.  TheDetroitBureau.com was there and has in-depth coverage of all the breaking news, the previews, the people…and more.

Check the next page to see the continuing, updated list of stories to find out more about everything from the BMW Vision Diesel-Hybrid to the Mercedes-Benz SLS supercar, from the updated Ford C-Max to the new Hyundai i10 Battery-Electric Vehicle.

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BMW Puts Frankfurt Auto Show Stand into Motion

Display includes indoor track to display new models in action.

by on Sep.16, 2009

BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer circles the test track at the automaker's Frankfurt Motor Show stand in a classic Bavarian roadster.

BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer (in passenger seat) circles the test track at the automaker's Frankfurt Motor Show stand in a classic Bavarian roadster.

Among automotive aficionados, you’ll frequently hear it said that this model or another “looks different” on the road from how it appears at the auto show.  There may be a good reason, considering that cars are meant to be driven, rather than worshipped, like sheet metal art, sitting atop a turntable.

BMW is trying to put things into a more real world perspective, at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.  The Bavarian maker relocated from its normal display near the front of the Frankfurt Messe, but it’s betting potential customers won’t complain too much once the walk nearly a kilometer to the back of the sprawling convention center and look inside the newest pavilion, Halle 11.

Track the Industry!

Track the Industry!

As Ken Zino previously reported, in a corner of the BMW stand, which fills the entire building, the automaker has created a circular track, on which it will continuously run its latest offerings, for the excitement and amusement of visitors.

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Spotlight on the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show

The 63rd IAA kicks off a critical new auto show season.

by on Sep.13, 2009

2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, the 63rd IAAWhen the gates open at the Frankfurt Messe, earlier Tuesday morning, it will kick off two days of organized chaos.

The biennial Frankfurt Motor Show, officially known as the 63rd IAA, is one of the world’s largest car shows – however you measure it: raw size, number of new product intros, public attendance or media coverage – and one of the most significant.

Indeed, the events of recent months will all converge at the sprawling conference center, which measures nearly a full kilometer from front to back, starting with last week’s news that General Motors will go ahead with plans to sell a 55% stake in its German-based Opel subsidiary.

Your Auto Show Source!

Your Auto Show Source!

Expect a lot of questions to be raised about the impact of that sale on the weakened U.S. maker’s long-term plans.  In recent years, Opel had been playing an ever more critical role as a key product development center for GM, and whether that can continue with the parts supplier, Magna International, now the dominant stakeholder remains to be seen.

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