SEP 15th 2015

Frankfurt Motor Show LIVE!

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15.43 That’s it from the Frankfurt IAA 2015 motor show, folks. We’re signing off with a yee-haw moment from Mitsubishi: their Outlander PHEV that competes in the 29th Baja Portalegre 500 in October. From the land of Currywurst and cars, farewell.

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15.12 Little and large… From the Jeep Wrangler to the Fiat 500 Comics Edition.

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15.05 Biiiiiiiggg wheels on the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon edition. 2.8 CRD engine, 4WD, 200PS. But, mostly, it’s just very orange. Yee ha.

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15.08 Even the retractable roof is fast on Ferrari’s 488 Spider… 14 seconds.

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 15.07 To the new Giulia….

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15.08 From the old Alfa Romeo Giulia…..

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15.05 Meet Hyundai N, a new high-performance sub brand, which draws on WRC achievements to build new high-performance models. Pictured is the N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo concept to illustrate the project.

14.11 Inside the extraordinary Audi stand

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15.10 Audi’s new A4 estate, but we have to say the cars were rather overshadowed by the extraordinary space in which they are housed here at Frankfurt

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14.07 Down in the Audi hall, various models spin at worrying degrees from slanted screens floating above the visitors. The digital images beneath them constantly change. It’s mind-boggling.

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14.06 Inside Audi’s ‘stand’ the walkway gives you a glimpse into the show space, with the window acting as a screen for a projected, changing digital display of Audi technical capability. It’s quite something.

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13.57 We ran a pic of the outside of the Audi ‘stand’ at Frankfurt earlier in this stream. Well, here’s the entrance, and what lies inside beggars belief. Stand by for shots of a stand that redefines a motor show exhibition space.

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13.41 Yeah baby: it’s the Porsche 935 /2.0 Coupe from 1977. Six cylinder, 1.4-litre Boxer engine, 380PS. Helping to show the evolution of the 911 on Porsche’s stand.

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13.15 We’ve all seen the press shots, but Bentley’s Bentayga in the flesh is a gargantuan piece of luxury kit. With a reassuring “thunk” as the door closes.

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13.02 As well as having the best lunch for journalists, in the form of an EU mountain of paella, Seat has the Cross Sport here. Based on the Leon SC Cupra, with a raised ride height, 4WD and 300PS on tap, if it’s received well it could come to the UK market very soon. The car crucially marks a fundamental step along the road to a Seat SUV. The company says a production SUV will be on show at Geneva next spring, with the launch later in 2016.

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12.02 Lamborghini have just unveiled their Huracan Spyder to the press.  With a top speed of 201mph and the same 5.2-litre V10 under the bonnet as the coupe version, this is some convertible. Pushing out 602bhp to all four driven wheels via a seven-speed paddle shift gearbox, the Lambo does the 62mph dash in 3.4seconds, courtesy also of 413lb ft of torque.
The soft top is operated in 17 seconds , and it’ll cost you about £205,000 when it goes on sale in spring. Yes please.

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11.53 Only 450 lucky people got to buy a brand new Veyron, so, while the world waits for the new Bugatti supersports car, here’s a version everyone can play with: the Bugatti Vision Gran Tursimo. The car on show at Frankfurt is real enough, buts is the embodiment of the digital version which will race the Le Mans circuit in gaming form. You still have to prove your worth as a gamer before you can drive it, but Wolfgang Duerheimer told the assembled press: ‘This is for the fans.’

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11.18 Now that’s a Skoda. The R5 replaced the Fabia Super 2000 as the WRC wagon of choice for the 2015 season. This is the concept that introduced the new R5 rally car in May.

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10.54 It may not be the most glamorous of all the cars here, but we have a sneaking love of the Passat in all its guises, whether it’s the off-road Alltrack here or the GTE plug-in hybrid version we drove recently which is also on the stand. On the move, this is a really refined piece of kit, with little road noise and a premium-feel cabin. Most of the crowd has turned up for the unveiling of the new Tiguan, however, which also comes in GTE form.

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10.30 No finer illustration of the mammoth task facing journalists trying to get between hall 9 and hall 3. Where’s a Goodwood golf buggy when you need one?

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10.29 One of our stars of the show. The Peugeot Quartz. It’s massive. Peugeot describes the concept as ‘an exceptional crossover’. The cabin contains leather, basalt and ‘digitally-woven textile’, whatever that is. The car sits on 305mm tyres and has a plug-in hybrid powertrain with a total 500hp on tap. ‘It showcases a new Peugeot approach to high-end sports models’, the company tells us.

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10.25 …and here it is [the new Astra], complete with traditional scantily clad girls
draped on vehicles… No comment. Still, the estate looks pretty
sharp.

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10.32 Most car brands have a stand inside an exhibition hall here. Audi has
built one outside. They would have had a hard time fitting it into
Hall 3, as you can see.

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10.23 ‘Everybody’s gone surfin, surfin Vauxhall Vivaro’… we like what
they’ve done, which briefly distracted us from the job in hand…new
Astra in hatch and estate form.

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09.53 Honda’s Project 2&4 concept, using their MotoGP RC213V engine, adapted for road use. The concept is the result of a competition between all Honda’s design studios with the idea of ‘one Honda’. A modified version will also appear on the totally bonkers £150,000 collectors bike being launched this week in a limited run.

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09.49 Is it us or is this a good colour scheme for the Suzuki Vitara? I like.

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09.05 We’ll be driving this in October so stand by. The Mirai is Toyota’s fuel-cell car. ‘Water, water everywhere’… etc.

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09.04 We love a bit of feather-duster action at a motor show. Toyota’s WEC-winning hybrid gets the cleaner treatment, before the unveiling of the all-new Prius.

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09.02 If it works, don’t change it. Renault’s floaty balls have appeared at every press show for a couple of years now but still look the part. In the foreground is the new Talisman estate, unfortunately not coming to the UK. And despite our constant petition, neither is the new Espace, which has to be the best-looking MPV out there.

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08.27 While motorsport fans chatter excitedly about Ford’s return to Le Mans next year, families may well be more intrigued by the arrival in the UK of the Edge, an SUV that’s extremely popular in the States.

The Edge is Ford’s flagship SUV, with a higher level of internal specification for the more discerning UK market: a ‘grown-up SUV’ is how Ford refers to it. There’s plenty of noise-reduction and safety tech, with all the cameras and radar systems the connected car is expected to have these days.

Engines will be two 2.0-litre diesels, both emitting 149g/km of CO2, one with 180 horsepower and a six-speed manual, the other with two turbos giving it over 200bhp and 450NM torque, mated to a six-speed auto.

There wont be a seven-seat option because the Galaxy and S-Max, with whom the Edge shares its underpinnings, provide that for the market.

Ford expects Edge to give Volvo’s XC60 a run for its money. It goes on sale at the end of this year with first deliveries early in 2016. Prices will be announced in the autumn.

06.35 At the breakfast table this morning the talk was already about how much longer the traditional motor show has. ‘The problem,’ Graeme Fudge of Mazda tells GRR, ‘is that you walk into Frankfurt and you could be anywhere – Beijing, Tokyo, Geneva, Detroit. There’s nothing to differentiate them. The only one that makes a difference is Goodwood. Ok, so there aren’t as many cars there, but it’s dynamic. That’s the way it has to go. Here it’s so static.’ And it’s certainly not a family-friendly or female-led environment.

We gave the traditional motor show 5-10 years.

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05.55 Good morning from a grey Frankfurt. We’ll be reporting on the 2015 Motor Show all day. Footwear of choice today is based very much on comfort; it’s the largest and, for that reason, most dreaded motor show, with 14 exhibition halls and one press day to see it all… Journalists wearing pedometers report travelling eight or nine miles easily to see all the major cars unveiled, and there’s an apocryphal tale of one journalist dying here several years ago of heat exhaustion.
The show started in typical fashion yesterday with most planes, including ours which had Kia, Porsche, Renault, Mazda and BMW aboard, diverted to Stuttgart due to extreme weather conditions in Frankfurt.

An ominous sign…

Right, off we go. Back later this morning!

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