The biggest auto show in the world was opened today by German Chancellor Merkel at Frankfurt. I´ve come home just an hour ago, with sore feet as always. Even if the notoriously overcrowded public days are still two days away, it was full already today. And there was the expected Greenpeace action, this time a huge transparent unfolded from down the roof of the biggest hall saying "Not Up. To date." aimed at Volkswagen and its cute new little "Up" mini car.
Here is a liitle report, I´m sure a number here contemplates to go there:
- Alfa Romeo 4C (unfortunately just on no-touch display in a stunning deep aluminium finish), simply gorgeous, better than on photos.
- Jaguar CX16, a true beauty, especially from the rear. Jaguar must build it.
- Range Rover Evoque. I generally hate SUVs, but this small and low one is stunning inside and out, especially in three-door version.
- Volkswagen New Beetle. Much better than the last one, its really a lovely car.
- Aston Martin One-77, wow.
- Ford Evos Concept car, a true beauty from the company of boring cars
- Lots of E-cars, and outside the main entrance everyone can try the Smart Electric Drive.
- a (nasty gold and white-painted) Smart concept full of new technology, very interesting to check it out
- the Mercedes stand, especially the gigantic presentation videowall backdrop
- the new Bentley Continental GT in a stunning porcelain in and out colourscheme.
- checking out and having a break in the whole range of Rolls-Royces (all in blue this time).
- The upper floor of Hall 3. Badly designed stands of Renault, Mazda and other rather low-interest brands.
- Ugliness for tons of money: Hall 4 with Mansory and other bad taste champions (acres of carbon bonnets)
- the Mini Cooper Works Coupe. Mini´s going crazy
- the American Lancias. What a disgrace for a once-great brand. The "Thema´s" interior is nice though. They should have invested a few bucks not to make it look 100% like a Chrysler outside. Since 20 years I waited for a four-seater Converticle from Italy, and now there is one finally, its a boring-looking Sebring - badge-engineering at its "best".
- still too many white cars, I thought this bland trend is over
- The side design of the new Mercedes B-Class with its odd bend in it is only topped by the ugly waves on the Mazda 5.
Colour trend: quite a number of brands had cars in various tones of earthen red, otherwise a lack of colour is very noticable at the big brands. I noticed boring silvers, greys and whites, but less black than before. Only luxury brands and small cars show some panache here.
All in all, like always, well worth a visit.