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What to Expect from the 2013 Frankfurt International Motor Show

The 65th annual Frankfurt International Motor Show, which is set from September 10 to 22, features a variety of passenger cars, motorcycles, motor caravans, parts and accessories from all sorts of car and parts manufacturers from all over the world. This year is ought to be as exciting as previous iterations, so we decided to give you a sneak peak of what you could expect from the event. Below we give you the best of what the top participating companies has to offer.


First stop is Audi, which just announced that is Quattro concept car will be debuting this year. To be built only in small volumes, the 4.0L, twin-turbo V8 packing beast should be the most expensive Audi today, with an SRP of around £125,000. Also to be expected is the new Audi A3 cabriolet, production-ready A3 saloon and a face-lifted A8.


As we previously covered, BMW will be featuring at least seven cars in this year’s show. The BMW i3 will be the center attraction this year, alongside the BMW i8 hybrid, 4 Series and the M4 Concept, which is supposed to pack a six-cylinder, turbocharged engine rated at 450bhp. Wrapping up the list is the BMW CAT and the new BMW X5.


For the first time ever in the European auto scene, the Camaro Coupe and Convertible will be showcased by Chevrolet at Frankfurt. Costing from £35,320 and £40,320 for the Coupe and Convertible variants, respectively, these babies will be on sale in the UK starting next year.


Ferrari, known for its performance and racing heritage, will be unveiling the Ferrari 458 Monte Carlo on this year’s show. The said vehicle features a reduced weight plus a power increase to around 600bhp. It is also more aerodynamic than the standard 458 thanks to its tweaked front and rear bumpers.


A face-lifted Hyundai i10 will be displayed in Frankfurt this year, which is bigger and more practical than the previous iteration that made a ton of money for the company. It has a starting price of £8,500, £150 more expensive than the outgoing model but is expected to be more fun and exciting to drive.


Rumours have been circulating quite recently that the Jaguar SUV, which could be called the Q-Type or XQ, will be unveiled at Frankfurt this year. It is expected to be on sale in 2014 and will be packing a range of powertrains re-engineered from the Range Rover Evoque.


In Frankfurt, Kia is expected to showcase its KED-10 concept car that is supposed to rival the Nissan Juke. Also to be displayed on the show are the Kia Sportage and Optima.


Lexus, Toyota’s luxury brand, is expected to feature two new vehicles this September: the Crossover concept and the GS 300h saloon. The former is based on the CT family hatchback and is targeted to rival the BMW X1 and Audi Q3. The latter, on the other hand, is Lexus’ newest full hybrid offering.


The just-launched Mazda 3 will be making its first public debut at Frankfurt before being sold in the coming weeks.

Mercedes Benz

Mercedes is expected to come out with its first small SUV dubbed the Mercedes GLA, which is supposed to rival the Audi Q3 and BMW X1. A number of variants of the Mercedes S-Class should also be on the show, including a plugin hybrid one and an amped 577bhp S63 AMG.


A production-ready Porsche 918 Spyder is planned to take center-stage for Porsche, which is marketed to boast a better fuel economy despite its 875bhp hybrid powertrain and insanely fast road performance.


As for Subaru, the group has been very eager to unveil its latest Subaru WRX STI. The latest iteration should be able to pack a2.0L turbo Boxer engine that is rated at 300bhp. The same engine powers the current Subaru Forester.


Toyota will be debuting the new Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R concept car that uses (1) 1.6L Global Racing Engine (GRE) that was developed alongside Toyota Motorsport and (2) two powerful electric motors that combine for approximately 400bhp.


Certainly not the least, Volkswagen is slated to debut four cars in Frankfurt. A four-wheel drive Golf R is on the pipeline, alongside the e-Golf, an electric version of Up! and a Golf Plus model that completes the Mk7 golf lineup.