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Frankfurt Auto Show

Frankfurt Auto Show

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The 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show is just one week away and Renault just dropped a teaser image of a new concept car it will displayed at the show. According to the first details, the new concept car "embodies Renault’s vision of Premium motoring," and it will be one of the six concepts that the French company will have at the show.

While Renault didn’t offer any other details on the concept, we hope that it will preview the next sports car set to be developed in cooperation with Caterham: the Alpine . What we can see from this teaser image is that the concept will feature aggressively shaped headlights that feature "Eyelight" technology.

The new Renault concept will be unveiled on the Renault stand (Hall 8) at 1:30pm on Tuesday, September 10th.

Click past the jump to read more about the Renault A110-50 Concept - the other concept inspired by the motorsport world.

Smart production cars don’t leave too much in the way of the imagination. But as far as its concepts are concerned, the Daimler-owned company has produced some pretty interesting design studies in the past couple of years.

Two, in particular, that stand out are the Smart Forstars Concept and the Smart For-Us Concept . At the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show , Smart is unveiling yet another concept vehicle, one that appears to be more audacious than anything the company has done outside the Forspeed Concept .

The vehicle is called the FourJoy Concept and really, it’s hard to come up with an appropriate adjective to describe this door- and rear window-less vehicle.

The easiest way to probably do it is to say that it’s "unique" and even saying that requires some loose definition of the word. In the end, though, this is the kind of thing we’ve come to expect from Smart when it comes to concept vehicles.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Smart FourJoy Concept

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Mercedes will prove its racing capabilities once again with the unveiling of a new CLA 45 AMG Racing Series at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show . After its debut, the model will enter various international race series, such as national brand-specific trophies or the German VLN series.

Based on the standard CLA 45 AMG , the the Racing Series adds an aerodynamic package made in carbon fiber, a racing-prepared interior, and updated suspension and braking systems.

Just like with the SLS AMG GT3 , the new CLA 45 AMG Racing Series was developed in cooperation with HWA AG, which was responsible for the development and race appearances of the AMG-Mercedes DTM cars.

"The CLA 45 AMG Racing Series demonstrates our desire to further increase our commitment to customer motorsport. We are also seeking to offer interested customer teams a competitive, near-standard racing car with an excellent level of safety in the popular four-cylinder segment."

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Racing Series.

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The bi-annual Frankfurt Auto Show is easily the most important in the world, battling with Geneva and Detroit for the most important reveals. A gentleman’s agreement sees Frankfurt and Paris alternate every other year, so each can hog the limelight and be the year’s prime spectacle — larger than any other traveling circus in history.

The reason it is so critical is that it is able to draw a huge number of the world’s best automakers, suppliers, tech partners and executives in one place. Even as shows in Asia and lifestyle/hybrid launches in Los Angeles gain momentum, typically nothing compares with Frankfurt in terms of volume of new models, debuts and concepts .

For competitive insights and also a great look at the current agenda of the global auto industry, there is no better place than Germany in mid-September. Its overlap with Oktoberfest — in September, despite its name — allows the best time to soak up the local culture of beer gardens, honeybees, pretzels and roaring Deutsch laughter.

Feet will ache from hours wandering circles in this massive expo center. Despite being mostly an open floor plan, the importance of the show means the manufacturer stands are two and three-story buildings assembled inside. By conservative estimates, this two-week event will cost a major player like BMW Group over $35 million in planning, design, signage, stages, turn-tables, media displays, etc. once the crowds have left.

This makes walking around seem like visiting a very crowded future IKEA, but instead of desk lamps, Frankfurt is all about concept cars, booth babes and Porsche posters. This giant automotive candy store is massive, though, so wear your most comfortable walking shoes and get ready for some warm beers! The show runs from September 12th through the 22nd for the general public and the press days run from September 10th through 11th.

Come join the fun after the jump for the full Frankfurt 2013 Auto Show preview, with a full list of manufacturers on display and the special concepts they will reveal.

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Seat will expand the Leon lineup with the addition of a new ST version. The model will be unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show , and Seat will put it on sale later in 2013.

The third member of the Leon family — next to the Leon and Leon SC — is defined by youthful, dynamic design and sporty characteristics, and in the same time it offers a capacity of 587 liters (20.73 cubic-feet) of cargo room, which is expandable to 1,470 liters (51.9 cubic-feet) with the rear-seat backrests folded.

The new ST version will feature the same design language as its hatchback sibling, except, of course, the rear end that was extended by 27 cm (10.62 inches). Despite its increased dimensions, the new Leon ST is just 45 kg (99 pounds) heavier than its five-door sibling, making it the lightest estate in its class.

The ST version will adopt the fuel-efficient TDI and TSI engine lineup from the hatchback variant and all the technology features.

Click past the jump to read more about the Seat Leon ST.

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Mercedes is expanding its CLA lineup with the addition of a new CLA 250 Sport. The model will be officially unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and will be available for order starting October 7th. The model is priced from €42,304 (about $55,000 at the current exchange rates).

The new CLA 250 Sport is distinguished by an "AMG Line" equipment package, "Sport" badges on the front wings and red detailing on the AMG front and rear apron. It sits on 18-inch AMG light-alloy wheels in a five-spoke design and wrapped in 235/40R18 tires.

Under the hood, the CLA 250 Sport gets a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 211 horsepower — a 3-horsepower jump over the CLA 250 — and 258 pound-feet of torque between 1,200 and 4,000 rpm. The engine is mated to a 7G-DCT dual-clutch transmission and is combined with a special AMG-developed front axle, AMG speed-sensitive sports steering and a modified exhaust system.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Mercedes CLA-Class.

The growing market for up-scale sedans has prompted a lot of automakers to step up their game in order to keep up with the times. European car brands have no need to worry because these models are already part of their vehicular lineups.

But for an American brand, like Ford , looking to gain some traction in a market ripe with premium competitors, it needed to step up.

And step up it did.

At the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show , Ford will introduce the Mondeo Vignale Concept, a premium and luxurious take of its European midsize sedan . The concept is Ford’s answer to calls from customers asking to see if the Blue Oval can offer them a vehicle that answers their checklist of styling and quality, advanced technology, and exclusivity.

For the most part, Ford has answered that call with the intention of bringing the Vignale Concept to production in the near future, making it only a matter of time before it enters a market ripe with competition and stakes a name for itself.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Ford Mondeo Vignale Concept

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The new-generation Maserati Quattroporte made its debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, and now the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show will bring us the Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna Limited Edition — a concept car that brings an "unique new look in color scheme, materials and finish." According to Maserati, a production version is expected to arrive in 2014.

As it name suggests, the concept was designed in cooperation with Ermenegildo Zegna — an Italian luxury fashion house, specialized in men’s clothing. The concept is painted in a special finish that uses ultra-fine aluminum pigments and simulates the fluidity and purity of metal. For the interior, the concept adds classical warm hues, like moka and greige — key colors in Zegna’s latest men’s fashion collections.

Maserati wrapped the seats, door panels and roof lining in genuine soft leather, while Zegna added a velvet-smooth, bright fabric.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Maserati Quattroporte.

Toyota’s promise of showcasing its Le Mans hybrid technology on a road car will come to fruition at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show , as it prepares to unveil the Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R Concept.

This new concept may seem unimposing when you read that it is based on a Yaris — blah — but save your judgement for something else because this is one sick miniature hatchback. With a TS030 -inspired drivetrain in tow that cranks out in excess of 400 ponies, this is not your typical grocery getter.

This bad boy will likely give plenty of supercars a run for their money while hauling a few gallons of milk, a loaf of bread and laundry detergent all at the same time. All of the details are not available yet, but Toyota has released all that we need to know to be able to chalk this one up and a certified bad-ass.

Toyota will unveil the concept on September 10th at 12:45 p.m. in Hall 8.

Updated 9/4/2013: Toyota has just released more images of the Yaris Hybrid-R. You can see them all in the gallery.

Click past the jump to read about the Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R

If Lexus wanted to make a splash at Frankfurt with its LF-NX Concept, it sure did pick a good design to get it done.

Redefining — yet again — what we’ve come to expect from its new and drastically improved design language, the Japanese automaker has once again thrown us all for a loop with its latest concept vehicle.

Suffice to say, the LF-NX Concept looks like its going to be one of the most popular cars that will be at Frankfurt next week. It looks absolutely stunning, combining its mean visage with a low-lying profile that makes you wonder if this is an actual crossover or an oversized coupe.

Obviously, it’s the former, but the mere fact that there are hints of sportiness and aggression on the LF-NX Concept that are normally attributed to coupes goes to show the lengths Lexus is taking these days to completely change the way we think about the brand moving forward.

Updated 1/29/14: At the 2014 NAIAS, Lexus revealed an image of the LF-NX that looks nearly nothing like the concept that we saw earlier. This leads us to believe that this is a preview of the production model. Unfortunately, this preview version is toned down to look like a traditional Lexus, as opposed to the hot concept that we all fell in love with. You can see the preview image after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus LF-NX Concept


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