The world’s automakers are now departing the 65th International Motor Show 2013 in Frankfurt, Germany today. TheDetroitBureau.com is also wrapping up its coverage as well with more pieces about the new vehicles and people who made news during the show, as well as the reports filed during the show.
With dozens of new model introductions, the unveiling of a variety of new technologies and executives providing insights on all facets of the global automotive industry, the show lived up to expectations.
Here are today’s stories:
Honda Introduces Civic Tourer to European Audience: New model offers versatility and cargo space for drivers.
Ford Moves Up-Market With New Vignale: Free car washes for life part of the draw for the luxury brand within a brand.
Porsche Marks 50th With Special Edition:Venerable 911 stands the test of time with small changes.
Volkswagen Goes Electric: German giant reverses long-standing reluctance to launch flood of hybrids, plug-ins and battery-cars.
Pushing the Design Envelope: GM’s Opel Takes a Leap with New Monza Concept: “We know we have to evolve,” says Opel design chief.
Here are the reports from the show’s second day:
Mazda Displays New Mazda3 Sedan and Hatchback: Maker expands use of Kodo design into new offerings.
Lexus LF-NX Concept Creates Big Buzz – and Plenty of Controversy: Japanese luxury maker ready to enter compact crossover segment – but is this the right design?
Toyota Redefines Hybrid with Yaris-R Concept Introduction: Maker pushes envelope with 420-hp subcompact hybrid.
Daimler, Renault-Nissan CEOs Share Spotlight In Frankfurt – But Leave Key Question Unanswered: Dieter Zetsche and Carlos Ghosn outline expansion of their growing alliance but fail to confirm joint Mercedes/Infiniti manufacturing plans.
Volvo Coupe Concept Captures Essence of Swedish Brand’s Past – and Future: Borrowing heavily from old P1800, show car’s design language will strongly influence new XC90 and S90.
Infiniti Q30 May be the Shape of Things to Come: Concept defies easy categorization.
In case you were unable to follow the first day of the show, here are those stories:
Ghosn Says Nissan Won’t Cede Battery Car Leadership: Renault/Nissan CEO reveals why his #2 left unexpectedly; suggests Europe’s car market finally on the mend.
First Look: Mercedes-Benz S-Coupe Concept: “Black diamonds” and pillar-less windows.
BMW X5 Continues to Set Luxury SUV Pace: Concept eDrive provides glimpse into maker’s future.
Range Rover Diesel Hybrid Coming to U.S. – Eventually: High-mileage option to appear on two models initially.
BMW i8 Plug-in Will Carry a Supercar Price Tag: New battery sports car will hit 60 in 4.4 seconds yet still get 94 mpg.
Nissan Introduces Redesigned 2014 Rogue Crossover: Flexibility, safety, technology make it maker’s second-biggest seller.
BMW Takes Wraps off New 4-Series Coupe: The entry-level replacement for 3-Series uses a turbo diesel to get 50 mpg.
VW’s New Golf Goes Electric: The new VW e-Golf hatchback paired with e-Up! microcar.
Ford Readies Product Blitz as Euro Market Shows Signs of Life: CEO Odell predicts Ford Europe will be back in black by 2015, outlines plans to launch 25 new products.
Mercedes Announces S-Class Pricing, Teases S-Coupe: The sedan delivers more content for less cash – while Coupe Concept hints at next-gen CL.
Jaguar Unwraps Un-Jag Crossover at Frankfurt: The maker looks for permission for entry into new vehicle segment.
Bugatti Unveils Latest in its New “Legends” Series: “Jean Bugatti” edition honors son of founder Ettore Bugatti.
ForJoy Offers Preview of Next-Gen Smart: It’s what you get when you add two more seats and a dune buggy-like body to the little Smart Fortwo.
First Look: 2014 Audi A3 Cabriolet: Audi adds another option to its new entry-level line-up.
First Look: Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan: A compact family car concept updates outgoing Golf Plus.
Range Rover Goes Hybrid: with a new diesel-electric drivetrain delivering the sort of mileage you might expect from a Toyota Prius.
Audi Offers Sneak Peek at Sport Quattro Plug-in Concept: Successor to the original Audi Coupe Quattro gets 700-hp plug-in drivetrain.
Will Daimler, Nissan Announce Plans to Build Luxury Cars Together in Mexico? Business basics at the Frankfurt show as Mercedes, Infiniti expand alliance.
Lexus Explores Compact Crossover Options with LF-NX: This could be the Frankfurt show’s most controversial entry.
Jaguar Hints at New Crossover Concept: The maker released some less-than-revealing photos implying it planned to take the wraps off a new crossover at Frankfurt.
Ford S-Max Concept Debuting: Ford is rolling out this seven-seat vehicle, which would be the step up from the C-Max.
Infiniti Rolls Out Flexible Q30 Concept: This concept from the Japanese maker is really three vehicles in one. It’ll premiere at the Frankfurt show.
Volvo Teases New Concept C: The Swedish maker’s latest concept at Frankfurt is designed to help change its “vanilla styling” reputation.
BMW Plugs In with Battery X5: The company tries to dispel the notion that drivers need a micro car to get good mileage at the Frankfurt Show.
Opel Resurrects Monza Moniker: GM’s European subsidiary looks to generate some buzz with this concept during Frankfurt.
Audi Bringing Quattro E-Tron to Frankfurt: The German maker electrifies the concept vehicle it showed at the Paris Motor Show.
Honda Civic Tourer Set for Frankfurt Debut: Somewhere between a wagon and a crossover, the updated edition goes live at Frankfurt.
Toyota Introducing New Hybrid in Germany: This concept borrows a lot from the maker’s hybrid racer making FIA waves.
BMW Reveals Running Prototype of i8 Plug-In: The luxury maker plans roll out the production version of the i8 plug-in hybrid at Frankfurt.