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The 64th Frankfurt Motor Show has opened its doors to the public today, and it is evident that the recession has not stopped car manufacturers from bringing out their latest and greatest new models in full force this September.
The Frankfurt Motor Show is a biennial event which runs from 13 to 25th September 2011, and this year it is reported that the show has more than 20 per cent extra exhibition space than the previous show in 2009.
The show claims to have 1,007 exhibitors from 32 countries and will include 89 world premieres of new cars. Taking into consideration that there are more than one billions cars on the roads worldwide, the Frankfurt Motor Show 2011 promises to provide enough spectacle to keep its motorists thoroughly satisfied for a further two years.
With the UK, Europe and North America’s sales of new cars on a record low, the car manufacturers at this year’s show will be relying on sales from China, Russia, India and Brazil. However, it is questionable whether China will go for the latest battery and hybrid electric vehicles which are being showcased, as records show that only one Prius was sold in the whole of China last year.
Electric vehicles are certainly taking priority at the show as four of the world’s leading car manufacturers, Vauxhall/Opal, Volkswagen, KTM and Audi, reveal their latest small personal battery electric concept vehicles to the public.
Small city cars are proving to be one of the most popular vehicles to buy new currently in the UK as they are cheaper to buy and run, and this year’s show sees the launch of the new VW Up! and the new Fiat Panda, both on sale for around £8,000 and expected to enjoy an influx in sales this coming year.
With the focus on low cost cars, the British cars on display this year are an exception to the rule with Jaguar’s C-X16 and the new Land Rover Defender concept set to go into development in the not too distant future.
Other new vehicles on display include the new Porsche 911, the latest Honda Civic, a variety of battery electric concept cars from BMW, the latest BMW M5 and a concept car for the next Mercedes-Benz S-class.
Overall, the theme at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show seems to suggest that the premium car makers are focusing on high-tech electric vehicles whilst the remaining car manufacturers are working hard to produce smaller cars which offer more acceptable levels of fuel consumption.