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Often the best you can do is take photographs of new product with just a few onlookers getting in the way. This is the new BMW X1.
you can climb
rails to get
as the new
be hosted by Hanover.
Frankfurt is vitally important
to the powerhouse German motor
industry and its workforce of
almost 800,000 employees. While it
is a biennial opportunity to
showcase everything to do with
motoring from an international
perspective, it is the German
manufacturers that grab the most
show space – creating giant
displays that can be astonishing
for their imagination.
For example, this year the
BMW stand features a slotcar-like
overhead circuit, around which
visitors are taken for rides in a
selection of BMW and Mini
But its not only the Germans
that have giant stands.
This year all the world’s major
manufacturers are at Frankfurt,
easily filling the 330,000 square
metres of show floor space in the
11 exhibition halls at Frankfurt
am Main. Not only that, but open
space between the halls are also
full of exhibits.
Apart from being a showpiece
of latest motoring product and
technology, the IAA acts as a
measure of how the motor
industry is going.
This year things are looking
In western Europe the
passenger car market is expected
to rise almost 6 per cent this year
to 12.8 million vehicles, while the
US market will grow by 3 per cent
to nearly 16.9 million vehicles
which will be its highest sales
level for 10 years.
China remains the world’s
largest market, and even though
it is shifting down a gear this year
it is still expected to grow by 4 per
cent to 19.1 million passenger
Little wonder then that at
Frankfurt this year, the number
of world premieres of new
vehicles rose by a third to 210.
There were also 26 European
premieres and 30 German
Little wonder also that the
young woman at the Opel
entertainment area had to work
13-hour days for 13 days as she fed
and watered the thousands of
visitors who were there to see all
this shiny new product.
It’s bad enough being a
motoring journalist at the two
media days that traditionally
precede any motor show opening
to the public. All the new vehicle
reveals take such a short amounts
of time, and Frankfurt is such a
sprawling venue, that it is
physically impossible to get to
So you have to pick and
Because I was at Frankfurt as a
guest of General Motors, I arrived
very early at the Opel stand so I
could enjoy a front-row seat as the
German manufacturer unveiled
an Astra hatch that from next
year will be sold in New Zealand
as a Holden.
It was great viewing – even
though television camera crews
still roamed back and forth in
front of me.
And every other scheduled
The best I could do was listen
to the speeches from the very
back of the crowds, and not see a
thing at all until the unveiling
was finished and the throng had
moved on to the next media
And even then I had to
shoulder my way past
officials and assorted hangers-on
to get any decent pictures of the
product on display.
But while the old feet ended the
days being very sore from all the
walking and standing, and even
though the atmosphere inside the
halls was often uncomfortable
because of the German heat, I
wouldn’t have missed the
occasion for the world – because
Frankfurt showcases the absolute
leading edge of what’s happening
in the world of motoring.
‘Sexiest’ Rolls-Royce debuts
the public at
he car dubbed the sexiest Rolls-
Royce ever built has debuted at
the Frankfurt Motor Show.
It was unveiled in the midst of a
light show that mirrored early-morning
dawn light, then emerged in a burst of
sunlight. Appropriate, considering the
new model is called Dawn.
This was the first physical unveiling
of the vehicle, which is claimed to be the
world’s only true modern four-seater
super luxury drop-head vehicle.
A few days earlier it had been
launched digitally online, an event which
saw the debut of the Rolls-Royce trend No
1 worldwide on Google and watched by
Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Mueller-
Oetvoes described the arrival of the
Dawn as representing a new age of open-
top super luxury motoring.
The car would be for those who wish
to bathe in the sunlight of the world’s
most exclusive social hot-spots, he added.
At the Frankfurt reveal, Rolls-Royce
pointed out the Dawn is not a convertible
version of the Wraith, as some media had
suggested. Instead, 80 per cent of the
exterior body panels are newly designed.
It also has the world’s second-largest
fabric roof on any production car, with
the only model that has a bigger roof
being the Rolls-Royce Drop-head Coupe.
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