Frankfurt Motor Show is a key event in the automotive industry calendar. Taking place every two years, on rotation with the Paris Motor Show in September, it showcases the very latest developments in the world of motoring and launches exciting new models and concept cars to the world in a blaze of glory.
This year, Britain featured heavily in the German show’s line-up. Here are some of the main highlights from Blighty.
Frankfurt Motor Show saw the first glimpse of the Bentayga, Bentley’s first ever SUV. Previewed by the EXP 9 F concept at Geneva in 2012, Frankfurt’s launch came following popular demand. Bentley describes its new model as ‘the fastest, most luxurious and most exclusive SUV in the world.’ Bold claims, however, they appear to be backed up by stats that rival Porsche’s Cayenne Turbo S in a sprint, eight separate driving modes and a large fuel tank offering impressive range of more than 370 miles.
In what has been a bumper year for Vauxhall, the brand new Astra hatch launched in Frankfurt, ahead of it going on general sale this November. Vauxhall has sold nearly three million Astras in the UK since 1979, so this new model has much to live up to. First impressions appear promising. A sleek design transforms what could have been a mundane family hatch into a stylish, sporty executive car. New LED headlights are a first for Vauxhall and these adapt to the conditions around them, using a front-mounted camera to adjust the beam for other road users.
Another motor show launch, another brand new SUV; this time from Jaguar and coming just two years after we saw the premium British brand’s Jaguar C-X17 concept car. The new SUV has a spacious boot and luxury interior, with a top-spec, 375bhp supercharged V6 engine that has come straight from the Jaguar F-Type sports car. Dealers can access this car from April next year and customers will be able to buy one for around £34,000.
Rolls Royce Dawn
Rolls Royce used the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show to unveil its brand new, four-seater convertible, the Rolls Royce Dawn. Its low deck proportions are similar to the Wraith and it is sleek, elegant, streamlined and fun, especially with the hood down. The rear deck remains high to ensure privacy for the driver and offer a reassuring ‘cocoon’ feel on the road. Rolls Royce believes the Dawn will be the quietest cloth-roof car on sale when it comes to market next year.
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