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WHAT'S NEW: 2013 Frankfurt International Motor Show

UPDATED - First major auto show of 2014 season overflows with new-vehicle debuts

Published: September 12, 2013, 10:00 AM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 12:09 PM


Many of those vehicles will ultimately be sold in North America, while others are specific to the European market and won't be seen on these shores. But but even some of those have implications for our market.

Following is an overview of some of the Frankfurt show cars of particular interest to us here in North America. Clink the highlighted links for more details on individual models.

2014 Audi A3 Cabriolet – Audi has already launched new sedan and hatchback versions of its compact A3, Which will be coming to North America. No word yet on whether the Cabriolet will be sold here.

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2015 Audi A8 & S8 – Audi's flagship A8 sedan and it's S8 performance variant get mid-life facelifts that will show up on these shores as 2015 models. New features include innovative Matrix LED headlights and more advance safety systems.

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Audi Nanuk Quattro Concept – Outside the box Nanuk Quattro answers the question of what you'd get if you crossed a mid-engined Audi R8 sports car with an SUV.

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Audi Sport Quattro Concept – A 30th-anniversary homage to the original, the 700-horsepower hybrid Sport Quattro Concept has renewed speculation that a limited-production model could follow.

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2014 BMW i3 – It has already been highly publicized but Frankfurt is the first auto-show showing of the production version of BMW's carbon-fibre-intensive electric vehicle, which will also offer an optional range-extender gasoline engine.

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2015 BMW i8 – Concept versions have been circulating for years but Frankfurt is the formal debut of BMW's production-spec i8 luxury-sports extended range hybrid-electric vehicle.

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2014 BMW 4 Series/M4 coupe – We've already driven it, but Frankfurt is the auto-show premiere for BMW's 4 Series coupe replacement for its 3-Series counterpart and the high-performance M4 variant, which replaces the M3.

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BMW Concept X5 eDrive – Bit by bit, BMW, like most of the rest of the world's automakers, is applying electric propulsion even to existing models like the X5 to help meet tough new fuel-consumption and CO2 standards.

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2014 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible – Mildly restyled 2014 Camaro coupe models, including the Z28, debuted at th New York auto show but GM held the convertible back for Frankfurt.

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Ferrari 458 Speciale – A successor to Ferrari’s 430 Scuderia in spirit, the 458 Speciale incorporates the most-powerful naturally aspirated V-8 engine in Ferrari's history as well as advanced aerodynamic and vehicle dynamics features to put the special in Speciale.

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Honda Civic Tourer – Forbidden fruit on this side of the Atlantic, the production version of the Civic Tourer wagon concept from the Geneva show could be a strong competitor for the Toyota Matrix – if only we could get it here.

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Infiniti Q30 Concept – Nissan has been tempting us with teaser photos and sketches of its forthcoming Q30 compact CUV for a while but this concept version gives us a close approximation of what the real thing will look like when it arrives as a 2015 model.

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Jaguar C-X17 Concept CUV – As well as finally revealing its much-teased C-X17 Concept crossover vehicle, which is almost certain to make production, Jaguar confirming plans to introduce an all-aluminum mid-size sports sedan to compete directly with the Audi A4, BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

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Kia Niro Concept – Kia's European-designed Niro concept is said to hint at a possible (probable!) future sub-compact CUV, smaller than the Soul, designed for the urban environment.

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Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse – The Squadra Corse is the hard-core racing version of the Gallardo, directly from Lambo's racing department, also named Squadra Corse, which is responsible for the Gallardo-based Super Trofeo race cars. This Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse features the same engine found in the Super Trofeo racer and some aero aids, too. It’s expected to be the last Gallardo variant before a successor arrives.

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Land Rover Range Rover/Sport Hybrid – Even Land Rover is going the hybrid route, in both Range Rover Hybrid and Range Rover Sport Hybrid guises. Both are diesel-electric hybrids, which are unlikely to make it to North America.

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Lexus LF-NX Crossover Concept – Taking Lexus's unique styling idiom to an almost bizarre extreme, the LF-NX concept probably previews a near-term compact crossover addition to the Lexus model range - tis to be hoped with a toned-down version of the Lexus "spindle" grille.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class - Mercedes' GLA-Class compact crossover, which will go on sale late in 2014 as 2015 model, shares its FWD/AWD platform with the B-Class and the new CLA, bringing the three-pointed-star down a notch to sub-GLK size.

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Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupé concept – The sleek and elegant S-Class Coupé concept is said to provide a clear vision of Merdedes' next-generation flagship coupe, which will replace the current CL model.

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Mercedes-Benz S-Class Plug-in Hybrid – Evolved from a prototype that made its debut in Frankfurt in 2009, the luxurious S 500 PHEV promises fuel-consumption levels that can rival those of a Prius.

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Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S – True to past form, Porsche is doling out variants of its new 991-series 911 models at a measured pace, with 2014 911 Turbo and Turbo S models just now making their debuts at Frankfurt, where Porsche is also celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 911's launch.

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Porsche 918 Spyder – Although it made a brief appearance at pebble Beach, Frankfurt marks the official launch of the production Porsche 918 Spyder supercar and its 887-horsepower hybrid powerplant.

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