Summer is coming to a close, and those lucky to have had some time off are likely back at the office now. But with the end of summer comes the first major auto show of the new model year, the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, press days for which kick off on Tuesday, September 10.
The biennial event in the German financial hub is one of the biggest on the automotive calendar, and it’s certainly the biggest of the European shows. Close to 80 brands will be present, from Alpina to ZF, and many will offer a world premiere or two.
The Motor Authority team will be present, too, bringing you all the latest info and live photos direct from the show floor once the action gets underway. In the meantime, here's our hand-picked list of some of the stars, as well as what we know so far about them.
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: General Motors’ European unit Opel will preview its future styling and technological direction with a radical shooting brake concept dubbed the Monza. Efficiency and connectivity are hallmarks of the Monza and are represented by an advanced extended-range electric drivetrain and a world-first LED projection display for the dash. The drivetrain, which is fully electric and utilizes a turbocharged 1.0-liter engine as its range extender, is believed to preview the setup destined for the next-generation Chevrolet Volt and its European cousin, the Opel Ampera.
Audi Sport quattro
Audi Sport quattro concept, 2013 Frankfurt Auto ShowEnlarge Photo
: The brand with the four rings will be celebrating its 30-year-old quattro sports car with a new concept based on the bones of its A5. Unlike a similar concept we saw in 2010, the new Sport quattro concept is said to preview a limited production model Audi will launch next year. It features a sophisticated hybrid setup pairing a twin-turbocharged V-8 with an electric motor, for a combined output of 700 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. Power is directed through a modified eight-speed tiptronic automatic to all four wheels, helping the car accelerating to 62 mph in 3.7 seconds and onto a top speed of 190 mph.
: Infiniti will give us our first look at its upcoming compact car at the Frankfurt Auto Show in the form of a new concept car. The compact will be called the Q30 and is not due on the market until 2015. When it arrives, it will go head-to-head with the likes of the Audi A3, BMW 1-Series and Mercedes-Benz A-Class, the latter of which it will share a platform with.
Jaguar C-X17: British automaker Jaguar is giving us a look at a new crossover it plans to launch in the form of the C-X17. The concept is based on a new modular platform that will also spawn a 3-Series-sized sedan and a production version could be launched within the next two years. What the vehicles will be called is still up in the air, though we know Jaguar has registered “XQ” and “Q-Type” with the European Union's trademark agency. Given the automaker’s naming cadence, the new sedan is likely to be called the XQ while the crossover should get the Q-Type moniker.
: Lexus is also showing a new crossover concept in Frankfurt. The sharp-edged LF-NX previews a NX crossover due on the market next year and shares its platform with the one underpinning the Toyota RAV4. Lexus tells us that the LF-NX debuts a new version of its Lexus Hybrid Drive system as well as the latest evolution of its “L-Finesse” design language.
Mercedes-Benz Concept S-Class Coupe
: Mercedes will present a concept version of its new S-Class Coupe, which is currently doing the rounds in prototype form and is due on the market next year as the replacement for the CL-Class. As this initial teaser image shows, it will have bold styling and some very generous proportions. Expect the base version to wear an S550 badge and more potent versions to be developed by AMG.
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