The Frankfurt Auto Show
The 65th edition of Frankfurt's International Auto Show, Europe's largest auto event, is hosting more than a thousand exhibitors. Electric vehicles of all sizes will take the limelight this year, with brands from Bugatti to Skoda showing off their visions for personal transportation in the future at an arena for 5,000 spectators. The event runs from Sept. 12 to Sept. 22.
Speedy new models from Porsche AG and Bayerische Motoren Werke AG can beat Toyota Motor Corp.’s Prius not just off the line but also at the fuel pump as efficiency becomes a key standard even for elite racers.
Volkswagen AG, Europe’s biggest carmaker, outlined plans to offer as many as 40 electric or hybrid-drive vehicles in a bet that customers will have enough confidence in performance to shift to low-emissions models.
Aston Martin is aiming to double sales by 2016 with new models and an expansion of its dealer network outside Europe. The British maker of sports cars featured in James Bond movies may then invest in a sport-utility vehicle to broaden its appeal to wealthy drivers.
Audi AG will spend more than 10 million euros ($14.3 million) on an indoor test track at this year’s Frankfurt show to outshine BMW and Mercedes-Benz as rivalry among the three biggest luxury carmakers intensifies.
Tata Motors Ltd., owner of the Jaguar and Land Rover brands, is being forced to search for a new chief executive officer as it struggles to revive sales of luxury cars amid a worsening debt crisis in Europe.