Preview of the 64th IAA – The Frankfurt Motor Show

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Carlsson IAA 2011 ENG Preview of the 64th IAA – The Frankfurt Motor Show

The Frankfurt motor show will be open to the press on the 13th and 14th of September and BMWBLOG will be there, naturally. After all, …

The Frankfurt motor show will be open to the press on the 13th and 14th of September and BMWBLOG will be there, naturally. After all, who can resist the allure of a couple of days in Germany surrounded by great cars and good people coupled with good sausage and beer.

The Frankfurt Messe (convention center) encompasses quite a large tract of land and multiple buildings not far from the Hauptbahnhof in Frankfurt. BMW has one of the halls, the newest – Hall 11, to itself. And they plan to put on quite a show as we saw from the i3 & i8 concept reveal at the end of July. There’s a track built into the facility for goodness sake (though probably not for much more than running demonstrations or a decent footrace).

BMW will show off the new M5, the new 1er, the i3 and i8 concept cars, as well as variants of the new 5er, ConnectedDrive, the new engine lineup and accessories. BMWBLOG has also secured several interviews with BMW management which we’ll share with you.

Carlsson IAA 2011 ENG Preview of the 64th IAA – The Frankfurt Motor Show

The short version of BMW’s press release for the auto show ran to 72 pages, and hidden in it was a gem of diesel proportions. The 525d. Powered by a turbo-charged diesel 2L four cylinder, the 525d goes from 0-100 kmh in 7 seconds (for the sedan) and returns 49 MPG (converting 4.8 liters/100 km into MPG – this is not an EPA estimate). That is hitting the sweet spot of performance and frugality. Oh, this is the car you order with the eight speed automatic, it returns the best fuel economy and fits the purpose of this car like a glove.

Of course, this isn’t the Frankfurt BMW Motor Show and there’ll be a lot of interesting concepts and production ready vehicles there. BMWBLOG will scour the stands for neat vehicles. Expect Porsche, Audi, and Mercedes Benz to be there in force with great products and then there are some little known but intriguing marques like Artega.

Oh and don’t forget Skoda, a brand that one crusty old technology editor holds in high regard. And then there’s this, the Citroen Tubick concept; well, on second thought . . .

concept tubick a 655x275 Preview of the 64th IAA – The Frankfurt Motor Show

(Photo from the French Carissime site: http://www.carissime.com )

9 Responses to “Preview of the 64th IAA – The Frankfurt Motor Show”

  1. Mateo says:

    this silver sort of thing, is that a new car in Cars movie?

  2. Minfan says:

    are we expecting the new 3 series to be revealed at this show as well?

    • Manny Antunes says:

      No, the F30 will be unveiled before end of year. Most likely November.

    • La Ma says:

      No, they keep on showing the i3 and i8 concepts. Revealing a “new” concept vehicle is an agenda. Too bad we have seen these concepts already and frankly its getting old with that. With no definite time frame when will the i3 and i8 will hit the market, its just an another teasing. We know it will be built, we know it will look nothing like the concepts (i8 at least) but no we do not have a date.

      But they will show the M5 and the butt-ugly 1 series, some new engines etc. there is plenty to see at the show but nothing radical new from BMW.

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