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Trusted Dealers take a quick look at some of the highlights of the world’s largest motor show.
The car which continued to grab as much attention as it did at its initial press launch was the BMW i3 whose production model has already been driven by many journalists and for which dealers are already taking orders. The overall buzz was around the car’s incredibly funky interior as well as its ability to drive exceptionally well.
This year’s show seemed to feature a great deal of coupe cars and there is already hints that in two year’s time, with electric cars well integrated into the market, the 2015 show will point the way towards two-door grand tourers.
Coupe cars featured at the show from manufacturers such as Audi, Cadillac, Nissan, Opel, Mercedes and Volvo and according to one company car executive, it is a sign of better things to come. “Coupes are easy on many levels,” he said. “They’re easy to make look good and easy for potential customers to relate to. Older people think they signify the kind of freedom you have before or after kids. Younger people who generally don’t like cars that much think they look cool. Coupes are a ‘nice to have’ in the range, not a ‘must-have’. It shows confidence in the market is returning.”
Crossovers also featured heavily at the Frankfurt show, and for the same reason as Coupe cars it is believed that crossover sports utility vehicles signify that car makers are thinking beyond survival and are now looking towards producing some more adventurous cars. Audi, BMW, Infiniti, Kia, Lexus, Mercedes, Renault and – perhaps most famously – Jaguar with its first ever 4×4, the C-X17offered a range of SUVs in one form or another.
New production models were few and far between at this year’s show, but some of the more popular ones included the new Mercedes GLA which is well proportioned and offers an alternative to the current Mercedes A-Class, the SEAT Leon ST offered as a good-looking if predictable estate car and the all-new Nissan X-Trail. With similar traits to the Nissan Qashqai, this attractive SUV with an affordable price tag is predicted to sell very well in the current market.