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Frankfurt Auto Show

When you think cars and Germany, Frankfurt probably isn’t the city that comes to mind - Stuttgart for sure, Munich maybe, but not Frankfurt. It’s a city known more for stocks and bonds, not horsepower and torque. Yet every other year the arrival of the Frankfurt International Motor Show turns the city into the center of the German automotive universe. Actually, it becomes the center of the entire automotive universe as it’s the biggest event in Europe and the first major auto show of the year. Its timing in early September makes it the perfect venue for world debuts and this year doesn’t look to be any different.

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Honda Civic Hybrid

Honda Civic Hybrid

What Is It? 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid
What’s Special About It? Honda’s recent revamp of the Civic lineup is now complete with today’s debut of the 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid. It will hit dealers in October.
President and CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd, Takeo Fukui, proudly announced that the new 1.3-liter Civic Hybrid offers a 20-percent increase in power from the previous Civic Hybrid, now achieving output similar to a 1.8-liter engine.
The new four-cylinder is paired with an improved Integrated (...)

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Ferrari F430 Challenge

Ferrari F430 Challenge

What Is It? 2006 Ferrari F430 Challenge
What’s Special About It? Ah, how sweet to be at the Frankfurt auto show where a Ferrari press conference can outdraw a General Motors press conference by a factor of three. Every member of the European press corps and a massive contingent of Ferraristi overflowed into the corridors of Frankfurt’s Hall #5 to witness Ferrari’s introduction of the F430 Challenge.
The Challenge is essentially a standard Ferrari F430 coupe that’s been retooled a bit in (...)

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Audi Q7

Audi Q7

What Is It? 2006 Audi Q7
What’s Special About It? Audi is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its quattro all-wheel-drive system by introducing its first SUV, the Audi Q7. On sale internationally in the spring of 2006, Frankfurt show-goers watched as German-born Dirk Nowitzi, the 7-foot-tall forward for the Dallas Mavericks, climbed from the cabin of the all-new Q7.
Measuring just over 200 inches long, 78 inches tall and 68.4 inches wide, the Q7 rides on a 118.2-inch wheelbase, and (...)

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Mini Concept

Mini Concept

What Is It? Mini Concept Frankfurt
What’s Special About It? Mini is offering a history lesson to those whose memory is limited to the modern-day Cooper. Harkening back to its heritage, Mini is memorializing the Mini Traveller, a station wagon which made its original debut in 1960, with the Mini Concept Frankfurt.
Dr. Michael Ganal, a member of the board of management for BMW AG pulled the wraps off of the Mini concept saying, "The basic idea comes from history, but the implementation is (...)

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Jeep Compass

Jeep Compass

What Is It? Jeep Compass Concept
What’s Special About It? The Jeep stand at the Frankfurt show gave birth to twin concepts: The Jeep Compass and the Jeep Patriot.
The Compass, according to Chrysler Design VP Trevor Creed, is a step away from the typical Jeep. "With the Compass," he told Inside Line, "we challenged our designers to come up with a more stylish vehicle - something that still carried traditional Jeep styling cues, but more youthful." The compact five-door answer his team (...)

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BMW Z4 Coupe

BMW Z4 Coupe

What Is It? BMW Z4 Coupe Concept
What’s Special About It? Once again BMW used Frankfurt to showcase its ability to introduce exciting cars in the most boring manner possible. In a long, rambling press conference BMW CEO Helmut Panke talked about last year’s models, last year’s sales figures and everything but the Z4 Coupe concept. After what felt like a trigonometry lecture, Dr. Panke finally gave the word and the sheet came off.
At that point Professor Panke let the car do the talking. (...)

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Mazda Sassou

Mazda Sassou

What Is It? Mazda Sassou
What’s Special About It? Although B-cars may not be all the rage in the SUV-lovin’ U.S., the rest of the world is largely enamored with their small size. This morning Mazda unveiled its Sassou concept calling it "a concept for B-car strategy for the future."
The Sassou is a lightweight, three-door hatchback Mazda says is based on Japanese Shoji screens which are so thin they only partially conceal what’s behind them. This design theme is obvious in the Sassou’s (...)

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The Mallet Solstice V8

Sure, the Pontiac Solstice is an attractive roadster in bone-stock trim (um, where the heck its it already?), but its Miata-fighting Ecotec powertrain leaves us a little, er, clammy. That’s why when we heard the boys at GM aftermarket juicer Mallett Cars was putting an LS2 into Pontiac’s two-seater, we did a little victory dance (on the inside). The Mallett Solstice V8 made its debut at SEMA, and now it’s on the cover of this week’s print AutoWeek. According to AW, the Mallettization, which (...)

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Car Crash Videos

Car Crash Videos

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Car Crash Videos

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