No one expected anyone to be brave enough to say the car industry could breathe a sigh of relief and end the job cuts, but it was predicted that the worst could very well be over, for Europe at least.
The six-year slump for manufacturers on the continent seems to have eased and, with it, major markets have started to feel more stable across Europe.
With that out of the way, what everyone wanted to see was the cars and get some insight on what the top manufacturers are planning for the next few months and years.
More than 1,000 exhibitors packed their bags for the world’s biggest motor show in Germany and, although people were eager to see the big headliners, there were also more budget-friendly models as well as new-generation electric technology vehicles. But what had us most excited?
BMW i8 The German manufacturer has taken the risky step of producing an all-electric supercar which comes in with the same price tag as the premium Audi R8 at £95,000. The BMW i8 is a sleek, good looking, mid-engined sports car with a carbon fibre-reinforced plastic body shell and lightweight aluminium chassis. BMW has continued its reputation for innovation, that’s for sure, and rivals like Audi, Jaguar and Mercedes will be watching closely to see how it performs on an untested market.
Audi Sport Quattro concept The Audi Sport Quattro goes against the grain for the car manufacturer as the new yellow version unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show has abandoned many of the iconic features for the brand. A new take on a retro model, the Audi Sport Quattro has been designed to relight enthusiasm in a high-performance, rally-inspired flagship.
Jaguar C-X17 concept Pretty much the star of the 2013 Frankfurt show. Though it’s not certain whether this car will go into production, it has been incredibly well received if people’s initial reactions are anything to go by. This vehicle breaks the mould for SUVs as it is a hybrid Jaguar 4×4.
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