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2013 Frankfurt Motor Show News Roundup

The Frankfurt Motor Show has rolled around again, bringing with it a plethora of new cars, concepts, breakthrough technologies and even the odd smart watch. We’ll be keeping an eye on everything that springs forth from the 2013 show and will leave it right here for your perusal. So remember to bookmark this page and check back regularly for the latest from the show. 

New Kia Picanto LPG combines petrol and gas

Kia has unveiled a dual-fuel version of the Picanto at the Frankfurt motor show, known as the Picanto LPG. The diminutive city car is designed to capitalise on a growing thirst in Europe for “small cars with low running costs and low emissions”.

Read more about the Picanto LPG here

Audi A3 and S3 Cabriolet are the real deal in Frankfurt

Representing the ‘car you can actually buy’ category is the spangly new Audi A3 Cabriolet and its sporty S3 Cabriolet brother, both of which have a host of improvements over their predecessors.

Read more about the Audi A3 and S3 Cabriolets here

Bugatti Legend “Jean Bugatti” is a Bugatti for Bugatti

Remember those Bugatti Veyron Special Edition cars we told you about earlier in the year? You know, the six limited-run Grand Sport ‘Les Légendes de Bugatti’ things built to commemorate the six people that helped inspire the Veyron? Well Bugatti’s confirmed another one.

Read more about this exclusive Bugatti here

New 2014 Nissan X-Trail is a luxurious load lugger

Nissan has busted out a new version of its long-serving X-Trail SUV at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Rather than yammering on about how good it is off-road, as was the norm for previous iterations, the company is now going concentrating on talking up the car’s luxury features.

Read more about the 2014 Nissan X-Trail here

Suzuki iV-4 concept is a baby off-roader

Suzuki is no stranger to the mini SUV. After all, it gave us the LG series, Vitara, Jimny and then Grand Vitara. So it comes as almost no surprise the Japanese manufacturer has yet another one up its sleeves.

Read more abou tthe Spark iV-4 here

Spark-Renault Formula E single-seater race car is silent, deadly

Curious about the Formula E all-electric race car championship starting in September 2014? Feast your eyes on the car that all participants will be driving during the opening season.

Read more abou the Spark-Renault SRT_01E here

New Honda Civic Type R nudging Nurburgring lap record?

The Civic Type R is some way off making its triumphant return, but that hasn’t stopped Honda from teasing us with a few morsels of information and a few snaps of the car lapping the Nurburgring in Germany.

Read more about the new Honda Civic Type R here

Audi Nanuk concept is a 189mph off-roading diesel R8

Just when you thought concept cars were getting a bit predictable, Audi has come along and unveiled a mental new mashup that fuses off-road capabilities with high performance and impressive fuel efficiency.

Read more about the Audi Nanuk here

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S is the most extreme production Aston yet

Aston Martin has brought a pair of stunners to the Frankfurt Motor Show. Lining up alongside the Vanquish Volante is the mental new V12 Vantage S — its fastest car ever.

Read more about the V12 Vantage S here

Take another look at the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante

Aston Martin has served up more appetising details of the Vanquish Volante at the Frankfurt motor show, building on the initial reveal back in June.

Read more about the Vanquish Volante here

Jaguar C-X17 Crossover SUV: Official pictures revealed

The latest official pictures of Jaguar’s concept SUV, which is built on a versatile new platform that will form the basis of all future Jaguar vehicles.

Read more about the Jaguar C-X17

Infiniti Q30 Concept unveiled ahead of Frankfurt Motor Show

Infiniti’s gorgeous Q30 is neither coupe, crossover nor hatchback, but a combination of all three. It’s a stunning-looking thing, make no mistake. Has Infiniti stolen Jaguar’s thunder?

Read more about the Infiniti Q30 Concept

Nissan Nismo Smart Watch Concept revealed

OK, it’s not a car, but the Nissan Nismo Smart Watch is potentially awesome because it lets motorists get a better insight into their vehicles. Monitor your speed, efficiency and even your own heart rate.

Read more about the Nissan Nismo Smart Watch

Citroen Cactus will simply your life (allegedly)

Citroen reckons cars are too complicated, so it’s built the Cactus — a car that does away with pesky buttons in favour of a simple-to-use touch screen control.

Read more about the Citroen Cactus

Skoda Rapid Spaceback, Yeti and Yeti Outdoor set for Frankfurt

The Yeti’s back and it’s more rugged than ever. It’s also brought a friend, the Rapid Spaceback, which is a sort of hatchback-cum-estate version of the Rapid saloon.

Read more about the Skoda Yeti and Rapid Spaceback

Rolls-Royce Celestial concept to shine in Frankfurt

The stargazer-friendly Celestial concept’s major selling point is a ceiling teeming with tiny lights that depict the night sky over Goodwood, England on January 1st 2003. 

Read more about the Rolls-Royce Celestial concept

Smart fourjoy loses roof, gains electric skateboards

Another year, another motor show, another smart. This time it’s the turn of the fourjoy, which comes with a pair of electric longboards on the roof and matching helmets in the back. Bonkers.

Read more about the smart fourjoy

Mercedes CLA 45 AMG Racing Series

So you want to go racing in a CLA 45 AMG? Well Mercedes has you covered with a Racing Series designed for customers who want a fast four-cylinder track special.

Read more about the Mercedes CLA 45 AMG Racing Series

Maserati Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna shows beige is the new black

Maserati can rarely be accused of not being fashionable, but that hasn’t stopped the Italian company adding an extra dollop of couture (or whatever the cool kids call it) by unveiling the Maserati Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna Limited Edition.

Read more about the Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna Limited Edition

Lexus LF-NX is one bad MF

Look up the word ‘badass’ in the dictionary and you’ll see a picture of this Lexus LF-NX Crossover Concept – just before one comes hurtling round a corner to run you over.

Read more about the Lexus LF-NX Crossover Concept

Audi Sport Quattro Concept reincarnated as a 690bhp hybrid

A motor show without an Audi Concept car is like a Justin Bieber concert without awful music — it’s never gonna happen. True to form, its latest effort is a bit of a monster.

Read more about the Audi Quattro Concept

Bentley Continental GT V8 S to be unleashed at Frankfurt 2013

Sleeker, faster and more responsive. That’s the sort of car you’ll get if you splash out on any Bentley Continental GTs adorned with a new ‘S’ badge, the company says.

Read more about the Bentley Continental GT V8 S

 

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