Geographically speaking, the Frankfurt Motor Show is one of the biggest auto shows in the world. Aside from being a venue to wear holes through countless pairs of sweaty dress socks, it's a place where a venerable collection of sheet metal is sure to arrive every two years.
If the 2013 show proves anything, it's that auto manufacturers are almost unanimously in love with two things: concept cars and hybrid drivetrains. Years ago, that idea would have been more depressing than drinking cheap drip coffee in Seattle.
Thankfully, hybrid drivetrains are much more than a way to save on gas these days. They're quickly being adapted to performance applications; sometimes with blistering results.
Check out AutoGuide.com's top 10 cars of the show and see what was the most impressive debut in Frankfurt
This year's Frankfurt Motor Show will host the debut of many new European luxury cars, high-class super cars and brand new, eye-catching concept cars. Stars of the show will include Jaguar's new SUV concept, The VW Golf R, the Infiniti Q30, the Mercedes S-Class Coupe, the 700-hp Audi Sport Quattro Coupe Concept and Toyota Yaris Hybrid R Concept as well as hybrid supercars like the production Porsche 918 Spyder and BMW i8. Of course, traditional exotics like the Ferrari 458 Speciale and Lamborghini Gallardo Squadra Corse will make their world premieres as well.
For live photos and videos of these exciting new models, and extensive coverage of the Frankfurt Motor Show, hit the link below.
Coverage starts Tuesday, September 10th. Until then, you can view a sneak peek at all the big debuts.
As it turns out, Nissan poached more than just an executive from Chrysler’s Ram truck brand when Fred Diaz leaped lilly pads.
Nissan’s next-generation of Titan pickup trucks will include a turbocharged 5.0-liter V8 Cummins diesel powerplant, the company announced today. Official output ratings are still unavailable, but the engine is expected to make over 300 hp and somewhere in the mid-500 lb-ft of torque range.
“We have done out homework on the next-generation Titan,” Diaz said. “Truck owners told us there’s a demand for the performance and torque of a diesel in a capable truck that doesn’t require the jump to a heavy-duty commercial pickup.”
Struggling sales and an outdated design with questionable reliability all hold the current model back. With minimal changes since its 2003 introduction, it’s easy to see why Nissan has been struggling in one of North America’s most bitterly contested segments. One-upsmanship between the Detroit 3 make it nearly impossible for less aggressively supported products to thrive.
But Nissan made a wise move by snagging Diaz, who is largely credited with steering the Ram truck brand to its current success.
“This ain’t my first rodeo,” he said at a media event in Southern California. “I know a thing of two about trucks.”
Nissan says the diesel engine is in the “latter stages of development and testing” with a version also coming for commercial vehicle customers.
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Winter's icy stranglehold on the northern hemisphere has finally been broken. After months of gray skies and freezing weather spring is finally in the air. Automakers are responding to the warmth and sun by emerging from product hibernation. Companies located in places ranging from South Korea to the United Kingdom have unveiled a bumper-crop of new hardware ranging from sensible to insane. Here are the Top 10 reveals from the 2013 New York International Auto Show.
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