Some of Japan’s biggest carmakers may be staying away from the 63rd Frankfurt Motor Show, but that doesn’t mean the show’s over. In fact, although Nissan, Daihatsu and Honda have all pulled out, organisers are still expecting 60 carmakers to exhibit at the giant event. Even Chevrolet, which originally said it would be skipping the show, will now be making an appearance – as will luxury brands like Rolls Royce, Jaguar and Lotus.
Frankfurt Motor Show news and rumours
Japanese carmaker Mazda will be unveiling a special lightweight version of its world-famous MX-5 sports car at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
The MX-5 Superlight aims to emphasise Mazda’s new lightweight engineering philosophy, as evidenced in cars such as the current Mazda2, Mazda3 and Mazda6 – which all weigh less than their predecessors.
This is strictly a show car, says Mazda, so don’t expect to see a production version of it any time soon.
Mazda’s CX-7 – Frankfurt debut for new diesel version
Diesel power for CX-7
Mazda will also be showing a revised version of its CX-7 4×4 at Frankfurt, featuring the latest Mazda ‘family face’ and a new, fuel-efficient diesel engine.
Mid-life revisions to the CX-7’s exterior design are accompanied by the long-awaited introduction of an efficiency-improving 2.2 diesel engine. This should see the (currently petrol-only) CX-7 go from environmental offender to green goddess in one fell swoop, and give a shot in the arm to disappointing sales of this capable 4×4.
New 5 Series will be on show in Frankfurt
New BMW will make first ‘proper’ debut in Frankfurt
The production version of the new BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo (or GT) was originally expected to make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but it snuck out in June for a surprise appearance at London’s Motorexpo.
Unfortunately the car was displayed in a sealed enclosure and, such was the secrecy, we weren’t even allowed to take photos of it. The shot you see here is one of the few images made available to the press so far.
What we can tell you is that the 5 Series Gran Turismo is a brand-new product from BMW, aiming to combine the luxury of a 7 Series with the practicality of an X5 – while costing little more than a high-spec 5 Series.
Mercedes E-class estate due for Frankfurt bow
You can bet that if BMW has a big presence at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Mercedes is likely to more than match it. The two giants of the German automotive industry usually invest serious time and money in their home show…
One of the biggest draws on the Mercedes stand will be the new E-class estate. First impressions are that the design looks a bit more cohesive than the impressive new E-class saloon, and E-class estates have a long heritage of providing serious load-lugging space in an elegant and luxurious fashion.
Expect more news and videos from the Mercedes stand on 15th and 16th September.
Frankfurt showing for Peugeot’s new MPV
Frankfurt appearance for new Peugeot 5008
Peugeot has announced details of a brand-new MPV model, badged the 5008 – and it’ll be making its first public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Available in five- and seven-seat versions, the Peugeot 5008 features fold-flat rear seating and a host of hi-tech innovations.
These include the head-up display – a first on any MPV – and Distance Alert options from the recently introduced Peugeot 3008 crossover, plus a twin-screen multimedia entertainment system.
Coming soon: the Peugeot RCZ
Peugeot has also finally completely unveiled its brand new RCZ coupé, ahead of its Frankfurt show debut. Essentially identical to the RC Z concept car, with a ‘double bubble;’ roof and heavily contoured rear window, it looks fantastic.
Power for the 2+2 coupe comes from a new 1.6 turbo petrol engine, available with 200bhp and 156bhp. Although the RCZ is based on the shame underlying platform as the 308, Peugeot is promising its unique suspension settings will take ‘the notion of driving enjoyment to a new level within the Peugeot range.’