Two hours into International Motor Show (IAA) 2013 in Frankfurt, and already the feet are complaining. It doesn’t help when two of first three launches at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show are located at extreme ends of the vast exhibition area. Popular Mechanics Deputy Editor Anthony Doman reports from this biennial feast of everything automotive.
Previews from the Volkswagen Group and Hyundai the night before eased the footslogging – but only slightly. Thousands of media clog the exhibition halls and walkways, chasing the flashing lights, smoke, laser and video displays thunderous music and occasional athletic dance routines that signal yet another new model or concept car.
Particularly striking launches early on day 1 included two concepts from Audi.
* The Nanuk is an all-wheel-drive sports activity concept designed in conjunction with Italdesign. It’s powered by a V10 turbo diesel, can do 0-100 in 3,8 seconds, and has air suspension.
* The Sport Quattro references Audi’s racing heritage in its looks and performance. However, its hybrid drivetrain that includes a 4-litre V8 and produces total system output of 515 kW and 800 N.m is able to deliver 2,5 litres/100 km and emit just 59 grams of CO2 per kilometre.
Early drawcards on the BMW stand included the i3 carbon-fibre-bodied EV compact, the more upscale i8 and a concept sport activity wagon.