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Frankfurt Auto Show

Frankfurt Auto Show

After releasing arguably one of the most straight-forward press releases in the auto industry, Citroen bared its Frankfurt Auto Show plans and a big part of it will be the Cactus Concept , a car that has turned to be better than we previously thought.

After all the details of the Cactus Concept were bared, we couldn’t help by wonder how much of all the new technology, including the highly advertised "Air Bump" bumpers, will translate into the production model.

An indication of this technology seems points to bumpers that absorb the kind of damage that would’ve messed up any other bumper. The accompanying video after the jump even does a demonstration, although how much help the phrase "touch me" does when you accidentally touch your own monitor is a little misleading — you feel even worse when you realize that your monitor is not a touchscreen...

We’re guessing technology like ’Airbumps’ was what Citroen was aiming for when it said that it was embracing a ‚ÄúPure, Simple, Smart" philosophy.

Updated 09/11/2013: This review has been updated with official details and photos

Click past the jump to read more about the Citroen Cactus Concept

It’s hard not to give the Mercedes G63 AMG 6x6 the applause it deserves because not doing so would probably result in the vehicle jumping off our page and slapping us silly with those two extra tires.

All joking aside, this vehicle really is one for the ages. Adding German tuner extraordinaire Brabus into the equation, makes this one monster ride that will no doubt leave every other vehicle scampering away and cowering in fear by the vehicle’s mere presence.

At the Frankfurt Auto Show , Brabus will present its program for the G63 AMG 6x6. You had better find a nice place to hide because if this Brabus-tuned G63 AMG 6x6 finds you looking at it funny, it might just decide to give you a knee-buckling stare of its own.

Give credit to Brabus for taking the time to work on a vehicle like this. Chances are, the company enjoyed working on it so much that Brabus engineers likely "tested" the model extensively.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes G63 AMG 6x6

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Volkswagen released the original Golf back in 1974, and shortly after, it became one of the most appreciated models in the world. As proof to its worldwide love, there have been over 30 million units sold worldwide, so there should be no surprise that Volkswagen is trying to attract even more buyers.

VW unveiled the all-electric e-golf at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show , and it will hit the market in the spring of 2014. The model looks like a regular Golf , but it adds a particularly innovative overall technological system, improved aerodynamics and optimal rolling resistance. Also, as a first for any Volkswagen model, the new e-golf is equipped with full-LED headlights.

Along with a very efficient electric motor that ensures a driving range of up to 118 miles, the new e-golf features impressive technology, like regenerative braking and a "Discover Pro" system with a series of new functions.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen e-Golf.

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Renault unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show the new family of Megane models, topping the lineup with the high-performance version: the Renault Sport 265. The model received an updated exterior look that includes a new hood and headlights, plus some elements inspired F1 technology.

If you remember, a special edition Megane RS 265 Trophy smashed the Nurburgring record for front-wheel-drive cars back in 2011, and it was to expected for the new Megane R.S. to pay tribute to that model. From the Trophy model this new Megane R.S. borrows a few design elements, like the 19-inches wheels wrapped in the same Bridgestone high-performance tires used to set the world record.

The model comes equipped with limited-slip differential, front suspension with an independent steering axis and a chassis offered in two configurations — Sport or Cup — allowing the driver to enjoy it at its full potential.

Click past the jump to read more about the Renault Megane R.S. 265

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The production version i8 wasn’t the only unveiling the Bimmer had coming at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show , as BMW also threw together an X5 Security Plus — a concept specially designed to offer all-round protection against violent assault, kidnapping and organized crime.

The concept features high-performance steel moldings and panels that ensure the best protection, even against an AK-47. There is also a specially developed security glass resistant to attack by blunt weapons, while the polycarbonate coating on the inside of the glass provides effective protection against flying splinters. The concept is also equipped with security-specific components and technologies that help you protect yourself against all kinds of attacks.

Along with the safety features, the new X5 Security Plus Concept also offers excellent driveability, thanks to its V-8 TwinPower Turbo engine with 450 horsepower, and BMW xDrive all-wheel drive.

BMW also optimized the chassis to compensate for the extra heft that installing these security system creates. This helps assure that the security-detail X5 looks, drives and behaves just like a normal X5.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard BMW X5.

Every major auto show that Brabus goes to, you can expect that at least one of its programs will be dedicated to the billing "fastest-something-in-the-world".

At the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show , that distinction falls on the capable shoulders of the 2013 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake .

If you thought that station wagons are merely characterized as family cars, Brabus’ 850 6.0 Biturbo program will throw that notion right out of the window with the fury of a car running 800 horsepower worth of output.

That’s what makes this Brabus program for the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake such a mouthful to digest. Sure, it already has the performance credentials to be called a powerful car, but the German tuner takes it to a whole new level normally reserved for exotic coupes.

Then again, we shouldn’t be surprised anymore because Brabus does it over and over again, and the results have been nothing less than spectacular.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes CLS AMG Shooting Brake 850 Shooting Brake 6.0 Biturbo 4MATIC by Brabus

Somewhere in this world, there’s somebody willing to shell out over $1.65 million for a car. Sure, it’s a supercar and its actually a Lamborghini Aventador Roadster, but for that price, you can actually settle for about five standard Aventadors in different colors, right?

Well, for the few people that can shell out that much money on an exotic without even breaking a sweat, Mansory has the car for you.

It’s called the Lamborghini Aventador Carbonado Apertos and Masonry will offer just three examples for sale, which is the likely reason for the huge price tag. Besides its exclusivity, the Aventador Carbonado Apertos is the kind of car that only a Swiss tuner with the reputation of Mansory can build.

You want an excess of carbon fiber on your Aventador? Check. You want an interior that’s dressed to the nines, tens, and elevens? Check. You want a car that has over 1,250 horsepower under its hood? Check.

That’s what you’re going to get with this crown jewel program and if you happen to have plans to go to the Frankfurt Auto Show , you can see one of the three models up close and personal.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lamborghini Aventador Roadster Carbonado Apertos

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After unveiling the 2014 S-Class sedan back in May, Mercedes decided to preview the coupe version at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show . However, in a strange twist, the German company decided to only show a concept version of the new S-Class Coupe and not the production version.

After teasing it yesterday for the first time, Mercedes fully unveiled the S-Class Coupe Concept today. The production version will serve as the successor for the CL-Class , and it will target super-luxury models, models like the Bentley Continental GT .

Mercedes will build the new S-Class Coupe on a modified version of the S-Class sedan’s platform and will come with the choice of either a V-8 or V-12 engine. In concept form, the S-Class Coupe carries just a V-8 engine.

A production version will follow at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show .

Updated 09/09/2013: This review has been updated with the official specs, images and video.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes S-Class Coupe Concept.

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"Q by Aston Martin " is a bespoke personalization program unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The first models customized with this program were the Virage and the Cygnet, and now Aston Martin turned its attention to the new Vanquish Volante .

Unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show , this customized Vanquish Volante Q features an unique Red Ember exterior paint combined with a Gulf Orange-painted front and rear splitters, and gloss-black waist rail finisher. The interior is wrapped in a bronze metallic leather, giving the cabin a sweet look.

Of course, while this is the model that hit the Frankfurt Show for the show, the new Q by Aston Martin personalization program allows customers to choose from nearly any imaginable colors or materials.

According to Aston Martin, with the new Vanquish Volante Q, it wanted to demonstrate how "flexible we can be as we strive to create bespoke treatments for new cars."

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Aston Martin Vanquish Volante.

Mansory never passes up a chance to showcase its new projects in an auto show as big as Frankfurt.

So with the event scheduled to open to the public in a few days, the Swiss tuner extraordinaire has officially dropped the details on all of its Frankfurt -bound models.

One of the programs you’ll see is for the McLaren MP4-12C and you only need to be a fan of the British supercar to appreciate the level of work Mansory put into it to make it look and perform like a reborn exotic with stunning good looks and monster muscles under its hood.

In so many ways, this is typical Mansory — in a very good way. It’s not content on just rolling out the usual catch-as-catch-can program in an attempt to illicit a reaction. All of its projects come with a seal of awesomeness we don’t always see from other aftermarket companies.

That’s probably why the company saves its programs only for events like Frankfurt and quite frankly, we have no problem with that because at the end of the day, there will always be something to look forward to from this company when auto show season is in full bloom.

(Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren MP4-12Cf by Mansory}


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