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2018 Subaru Impreza revealed in photos ahead of its debut at 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

Subaru’s second model to be sold on the Global Platform would be the new generation Impreza. And we just learned that it will make its first appearance this September 12 at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show for its European debut.

The Impreza retains its predecessor’s unique set-up that is a flat-four boxer engine, but now with an all-new Subaru Global Platform underneath it.

The Japanese company is proud to say that the Impreza is very different from the previous model as it is 70 percent stiffer, at the same time, it improves crash energy absorption by 40 percent. The overall suspension of the car has also been re-engineered to even lower the Impreza’s center of gravity.

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Mercedes-Benz to reveal electric hatchback EQ concept at 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

BMW will be on the lookout starting now, as its "i" division will be going head to head with rivals in the coming days. According to a report from Autocar, Mercedes-Benz will soon bring some heat as it is geared to unveil an all new electric hatch concept at this year's Frankfurt auto show.

At the last year's Paris Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz dropped hints about its newly conceived "EQ" sub-brand with a namesake concept that will take the shape of a pure electric crossover. The primary EQ model called the EQ C SUV was revealed in concept camouflage as a part of a public debut for the German automaker's electric car EQ sub brand.

For 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the German automaker is working on the next concept that will not feature a combustion engine. And at this time, it will be a hatchback to represent the German automaker's purpose of rolling out a solid threat for the likes of the BMW i3 and Volkswagen's production variant of the I.D. concept. Autocar also further reported that the said hatch will be considered Mercedes' main model for the EQ lineup, which will have no less than 10 variants by the middle of the next decade.

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2018 Jaguar I-Pace could debut in Frankfurt

The Jaguar I-Pace has been getting a lot of attention since the concept made its debut at last year’s Los Angeles Auto Show. And just a few months following its debut, it went all the way to Geneva with a new wardrobe. Along the change of look was a number of teasers released by the company.

Is this some kind of a clue that the I-Pace is entering production? Well, according to rumours lately, a production model of the electric SUV is scheduled to attend the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show this autumn. Now, who isn’t excited for that?

According to Ian Callum, Design Chief of Jaguar, the production model should retain 80 percent of the concept’s styling and design. So we should expect minimal changes in terms of the look of the car. Furthermore, the near production model shows a sloped rear and an aggressive fascia similar to the concept we saw in some of the spy shots.

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Fiat, PSA, Infiniti and Nissan will skip the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

The Frankfurt Motor Show is considered as one of the major auto shows, not just in Europe, but also in the world. Despite being one of the biggest events in the auto industry, the Frankfurt Motor Show will be missing at least nine major auto brands when it opens its latest edition in September 2017.

All German brands – volume or premium marques – are expected to be on full force on what is considered as one of the major shows in their home country. Sadly, though, two of PSA Group’s brands won’t take part in the 2017 edition of the show. While PSA Group has just reached an agreement to acquire German brand Opel – and its twin Vauxhall marque -- from General Motors, it has decided not to field any vehicles from its Peugeot and DS brands. However, PSA Group’s Citroen brand will be going to Frankfurt in September, since the marque is supporting a product launch, according to a spokesman from the French manufacturer.

Also skipping the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show are three brands from Italian-American carmaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Italian brands Fiat and Alfa Romeo as well as American brand Jeep won’t show their wares at Frankfurt this year.

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It appears there won’t be a long wait before we get to see Mercedes-AMG’s hypercar – the Mercedes-AMG Project One. This is because the Formula One-powered road car will be revealed in its near-complete form at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in September as part of AMG’s 50th anniversary celebration.

This is what Mercedes-AMG chief executive Tobias Moers disclosed to Motor1 at the sidelines of the 2017 North American International Auto Show (known to many as the Detroit Auto Show). To date, all that has been revealed to the public was the hypercar’s new name as well as its powertrain, which is inspired by Formula One. More specifically, Formula One was more than just an inspiration, since the powertrain that will serve as the heart of the AMG Project One – its official designation – is a powered-down version of the technology used in its W07 Hybrid race car.

In September last year, Mercedes-AMG confirmed that a hypercar was under development, with an output that would reach four digits. This meant that that this new hypercar – bearing an internal codename of R50 – would be delivering at least 1,000 hp, which is the power level of the Mercedes-AMG’s championship-winning W07 racer in qualifying mode at Formula. As for the Project One hypercar, the power output could be more.

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Are auto shows becoming more irrelevant in this digital age? If you ask the marketing director of French carmaker Peugeot, Guillaume Couzy, the answer could be yes. This comes as Couzy disclosed that the Peugeot would not be taking part in the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show scheduled for September next year. To note, Peugeot participated in the previous edition of the auto show, unveiling several remarkable vehicles in the process.

Missing an auto show could mean loss of several opportunities for a carmaker. Carmakers are usually selective in which auto shows they would want to take part in. Auto shows serve as good marketing tools to introduce upcoming and new products as well as to excite customers about future and possible offerings. Thus, if a European carmaker wants to market a certain SUV in the United States, it could unveil its new vehicle in the New York Auto Show or in the Detroit Motor Show.

Likewise, if a Japanese carmaker wants to make it big in Germany or France, it could showcase its offerings in the auto shows in Frankfurt or Paris. Automotive press and journalists attending these events offer wide coverage and reach. Thus, missing an important auto event like the Frankfurt Auto Show could result to lesser coverage, and ultimately lower sales.

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Bugatti gave its fans as well as gamers and petrol heads a very good reason to be excited at the 66th International Motor Show (IAA) held in Frankfurt. For this year, the French manufacturer has managed to turn what was once merely a virtual project to something tangible.

Working with Polyphony Digital Inc., the French automaker will be presenting the virtual concept its newly developed Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo as an actual show car.

Polyphony Digital is the creator of the successful video game Gran Turismo franchise. Bugatti has just published the first ever digital rendering of this car with a design that pays tribute to its racing history and based mainly on the newest motor sport technology.

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Alfa Romeo recently showed the public its latest offering -- the Giulia Quadrifoglio. The unveiling was done at the start of the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show held from Sept. 17 to Sept. 27. Created on the rear-wheel drive platform, the Giulia puts its focus on being agile and lighter. The Giulia’s shape is defined by its sporty foundation which also influences the design.

Most of the other parts like the engine, suspension, and brakes, to name a few, are composed of aluminum. Finally the rear crossmember is made from a composite of aluminum and plastic. But that’s not all. The ceramic disc brakes are made of carbon while the Sparco seats are composed of light carbon fiber.

This extra attention given to the materials is the same attitude that was applied on the Giulia’s interior, which is aimed at providing the best in comfort, equipment, quality, and safety.

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Opel unveiled to the global auto market its latest compact class station wagon – the all-new Astra Sports Tourer – at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show alongside the hatchback version of the next generation Astra. Donning an athletic appearance, the Astra Sports Tourer is provided with the same innovative development features found on the Opel Astra.

Since the all-new Astra Sports Tourer is underpinned by lightweight vehicle architecture, it can be up to 200 kilograms lighter than the outgoing model but it is still as practical and as dynamic as it has always been. To achieve this, Opel implemented a compact design both in and outside of the Astra Sports Tourer.

Opel also used high-strength and ultra-high-strength steels and implemented modifications to the axles, to the front and rear of the vehicle. As a result, the entry-level Astra Sports Tourer – at around 1,263 kilograms (including driver) -- is some 130 kilograms lighter than its outgoing counterpart.

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On display at Hyundai Motor’s booth at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show was an array of connectivity features like TomTom LIVE services and the Android Auto technology. Likewise, visitors were able to get a preview of the South Korean carmaker’s Vision G coupe concept as well as its wearable and gesture control concepts – all of which offer a taste of what connectivity might become in the future.

At the show, Hyundai presented the Android Auto on its Hyundai i40, which is one of the first vehicles in Europe to be powered by such technology. Android Auto allows Android smartphone users to link their devices to the infotainment unit’s seven-inch TFT color touchscreen -- with a new 3D display mode -- and to access third party apps like those for communication, music streaming, and radio services.

This new technology employs smartphone capabilities to allow Hyundai drivers to remain both connected and focused on the road ahead. Because of its smart and intuitive design, Android Auto integration with the i40’s infotainment system has become seamless.

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Infiniti has unveiled to the world the newest member of its premium vehicle family at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show – the Infiniti Q30 compact. When launched, the Q30 is going be Infiniti’s first entry into the luxury compact segment.

Likewise, the Q30 is being marked as vital to the carmaker’s plans for global growth as it is targeted towards a new generation of buyers who are unwilling to be defined by the vehicles they choose. Infiniti’s latest product is available in SE, Premium and Sport versions – each having its own distinct design, dimensions and driving performance.

With three available variants, customers can now further personalize their Infiniti Q30 according to their needs or preferences, whether on the exterior or in the interior. For instance, the Q30 Premium features LED front fog lamps, chrome dual rectangular exhaust finishers, body-colored and heated door and mirrors, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

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The 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show was the venue for the unveiling of the latest off-road style version of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ Caddy, the Caddy Alltrack. Succeeding the Cross Caddy, this urban delivery van and family multi-purpose vehicle is unique from other Caddy models thanks to distinctive features like its Mojave Beige metallic paintwork and exclusive 17-inch ‘Quito’ alloy wheels, as well as the optional 4MOTION all-wheel drive technology.

This off-road version of the Caddy is further made distinct by matt silver sill tread plates with the Alltrack logo. Available in passenger car and panel van versions, the Caddy Alltrack features black side sills, black trim panels on the wheel arches, and the lower edges of the bumpers – all giving the Alltrack a robust character.

These features are contrasted by Alltrack parts painted in body color like the vehicle’s bumpers, protective side strips and door handles. Likewise, the Caddy Alltrack’s black designer underbody protection is contrasted by additional silver accents.

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Honda unveiled the winning entry of its ‘Global Design Project’ at the 66th Frankfurt Motor Show. The entry, ‘Honda Project 2&4 powered by RC213V’ was showcased at Honda’s stand atB11 in Hall 9.0.

Honda Project 2&4 celebrates the carmaker’s status as the largest engine maker in the world, as its engines power 28 million people annually – through their vehicles and power equipment as well as applications in the marine and aerospace industries.

Through the Honda Project 2&4, the brand is able to demonstrate its world-class expertise in two wheels and four wheels. Honda Project 2&4 is powered by the RC213V motorcycle-racing engine tuned to run on public roads, thus it features the maneuverability of a four-wheel vehicle and the freedom of a motorcycle.

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Bugatti has displayed a real-world version of the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo virtual concept at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. The show car is developed in cooperation with Polyphony Digital Inc., the creator of the Gran Turismo video game franchise.

Designers gave the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo a strong trailing edge to provide outstanding longitudinal-dynamic stability and to emit the hot air coming from the engine compartment.

Likewise, the trailing edge lets a pursuing rival in the game know that the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo is getting farther and farther from him. Inside the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo is a well-designed and well-placed cockpit that complies with racing requirements.

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BMW has presented the racing version of the BMW M6 Coupe – the newly developed BMW M6 GT3 -- at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. A number of private teams raring to compete in the 2016 season have tapped the BMW M6 GT3 to represent them in several championships and race events around the world.

In developing the BMW M6 GT3, BMW made full use of its expertise and experience gained from the success of the BMW Z4 GT3 since 2010. Compared to the BMW Z4 GT3, the BMW M6 GT3 has improved in lots of ways, specifically in terms of drivability and economy.

The new BMW M6 GT3 is powered by a series-produced engine that features M TwinPower Turbo technology. This technology allows the engine to produce more horsepower and higher torque. Since the BMW M6 GT3 features a long wheelbase and a driver’s seat positioned in the center, this racing machine provides an unmatched driving sensation.

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BMW M GmbH has released its newest Competition Edition during the 66th Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA). BMW M6 Coupe Competition Edition has the Competition Package with its V8 4.4-litre petrol engine and M TwinPower Turbo technology.

The engine enables power output of 441 kW (600 hp) with 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of maximum torque. Combining it with the M Driverʼs Package, albeit optional, can result to a peak speed of 305 km/h or around 189.5 mph. the same package gives a combined CO2 emissions rating of 231 g/km with a combined fuel consumption of 28.5 mpg (9.9/100 km).

The interior shows BMW trademark with the fine-grain full leather Merino and black contrast stitching. This feature is also available in the Yellow with Austin Yellow metallic paintwork and the Opal White with its Alpine White paintwork.

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One day into the 66th Frankfurt International Motor Show and it is clear who has emerged as the start of the show. The 2016 Ferrari 488 Spider indeed caught the attention of everyone especially that of the press. From the journalists to the TV cameras and photographers, everybody crowded from morning until evening in order to see Maranello’s exhibit.

However the excitement did not start with the presentation of the 488 Spider. Rather it was with the announcement that Apple’s CarPlay will now be included in the whole range of Ferrari’s offering. It initially debuted with Ferrari FF and will now be part of the Ferrari California T as well.

In fact, two of the Tailor Made California T’s also drew additional attention. The first California T has the Grigio Titanio glossy bodywork. Meanwhile, the interior has the black and Antracite top leather with the fabric Blu Microprestige interior trim.

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Many people have long wanted a complete electric drive offering from Artega. In fact, the thought of coming up with an electric sports car seems to be as old as the brand itself. The wait is finally over with the Artega Scalo. While being the first for the brand, this electric car not just succeeds the Artega GT but also brings new technical innovations and elegant appearance. Take the chassis for example. Its modular structure and light-weight materials make this platform the best when it comes to electric drives.

Before the Artega Scalo, there have been three prototypes made as of 2012 but none made it to production mainly due to design issues. The brand believes that this new electric car will form the basis of a new practice. In particular, Artega expects that future vehicle models of the brand will be named after famous racing stallions. The first of course is Scalo, a Westphalian stallion, who was the 2010 Galloper of the Year. In addition, Scalo was trained near the company’s head office.

According to the manufacturer, the battery has a capacity of more than 37 kWh with nominal voltage measured to be at 411 Volt. However for about 10 seconds, an electric output of 385 kW is possible. Maximum range of the Artega Scalo is 250 miles.

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Jaguar sure knows how to announce its offerings. In fact, the British carmaker shocked and awed the motor world by having its all-new Jaguar F-PACE perform a gravity-defying stunt on the eve of the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The stunt involved the F-PACE completing what is considered as the largest 360-degree loop in the world and lighting up the Frankfurt skyline with its C-X17-inspired silhouette. As breathtaking as the stunt is, it was a fitting global introduction for the performance crossover as the act highlighted its true capability in terms of agility, dynamics, responsiveness and refinement.

Additionally, the stunt was done to celebrate Jaguar's 80th anniversary. F-PACE performance capabilities are all brought by Jaguar’s use of the latest in engineering, design and technology. In fact, the crossover is derived from Jaguar’s C-X17 Concept vehicle and features full-LED headlights, a short front overhang and forged 22-inch wheels.

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Artega remains to be a brand known for manufacturing innovative vehicles. Not one to disappoint, the company has come out with its newest concept vehicle, the Artega Karo. This vehicle makes use of a wholly electric drive with the advantages afforded by the motor scooters, all-terrain vehicles, and jet skis.

For example, the chassis of the Karo, which is similar to that of race cars, when combined with the electric motor, gives more than a "karting feel" to the driving experience. Another special feature is the leg shields with reinforced high-strength steel integrated to it.

This does not only improve its splash water protection but also enhances the side impact protection. Unlike most electric vehicles available on the market, it is relatively easy to charge the Artega Karo. Everything is already on board like the charging cable with protective plug and even the charger itself.

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