The Frankfurt Motor Show runs from Thursday 17th September until Sunday 27th September 2015. It is one of the biggest events in the automotive calendar due to its size and significance to the industry. It is held every two years at the Messe Exhibition Centre in Frankfurt and is organised by the German Association of the automotive industry. This year’s show see’s Lexus, Toyota and SEAT all unveil updated models as well as a couple of concept vehicles.
For Lexus is was the all new RX that made its European debut in Frankfurt. The fourth generation of Lexus’s best-selling model is due on the market in January. The design of the new RX is heavily influenced by the NX crossover. It will be available in two versions in the UK – the full hybrid RX 450h and the turbo petrol powered RX 200t.
Alongside the RX, new Sport grades for the Lexus CT and IS were revealed. The main changes are to the exterior with the CT 200h Sport acquiring a spindle grille, door mirror casings and a rear diffuser, along with 17 inch black alloys. A sun roof, heated seats, Lexus navigation and rear privacy glass are just some of the other standard features.
For the Lexus IS Sport, five spoke black 18 inch alloys are added along with a black finish for the spindle grille and matching back door mirror casings. Like the CT the IS Sport is equipped with heated seats and Lexus navigation as standard. All the other specifications match those of the IS Luxury grade.
The new Lexus GS 200t also lined up at the Frankfurt show. The model will not go on sale in the UK but demonstrates a new look for the GS saloon.
And the Lexus stand would not be complete without the famous hoverboard, floating in a display of its own!
The new Prius made its world debut in Frankfurt and was the star of Toyota’s show! The new Prius is set to be the most efficient yet with C02 emissions from its full hybrid powertrain set to improve by 18%.
The car uses the first Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform which gives the car a lower centre of gravity for improved handling response and stability.
The new RAV4 hybrid, which will become Toyota’s first hybrid SUV when it is released in 2016, was also on display in Frankfurt. It will be available in two-wheel and all-wheel drive. It will provide better fuel economy with 57.7mpg and 115g/km CO2 emissions. The full RAV4 range will also include the Toyota Safety Sense System.
The C-HR is Toyota’s compact, hybrid power crossover concept. The five door vehicle includes the new TNGA platform that is featured in the Prius and a lighter, more compact hybrid powertrain. The styling adopts a diamond design theme.
Toyota’s top selling European vehicle, Yaris, gave us a look at what the 2016 model would offer. It will feature a new style grade, new colours and the option of a Bi-tone exterior finish.
The new Ibiza CUPRA was the main event for SEAT in Frankfurt. Its compact dimensions and top of the range functionality combine to make a great vehicle for everyday use. The car has a 1.8 litre TSI engine and can get from 0-62mph in just 6.7 seconds. It comes as standard with 17 inch wheels and CUPRA drive profile, which allows its ride and handling characteristics to be adapted to suit the driver’s preferences.
The Leon Cross Sport concept was also on show. The concept is based on the Leon CUPRA 280, its 2 litre engine can accelerate the car from 0-62mph in just 4.9 seconds. The car has 19 inch wheels and features CUPRA elements such as the mesh grille, quadruple exhaust, roof spoiler and LED headlamps. This concept, along with the 20V20 that was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, shows the direction that SEAT will be moving towards with products in the crossover and SUV market.