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Top 10 Cars of the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show
Geographically speaking, the Frankfurt Motor Show is one of the biggest auto shows in the world. Aside from being a venue to wear holes through countless pairs of sweaty dress socks, it’s a place where a venerable collection of sheet metal is sure to arrive every two years.
If the 2013 show proves anything, it’s that auto manufacturers are almost unanimously in love with two things: concept cars and hybrid drivetrains. Years ago, that idea would have been more depressing than drinking cheap drip coffee in Seattle.
Thankfully, hybrid drivetrains are much more than a way to save on gas these days. They’re quickly being adapted to performance applications; sometimes with blistering results. Click through AutoGuide.com’s top 10 cars of the show to see.
Chevrolet’s auto show debut schedule must be getting busy because the brand chose Frankfurt to debut the convertible version of its refreshed Camaro.
The drop-top version of Chevy’s roaring muscle car wears the same thinner-looking headlights, revised rear lamps and vented hood as the refreshed car first shown in New York earlier this year. Of course, the car also gets an updated version of Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system.
As a mid-cycle refresh, there aren’t any notable mechanical changes to discuss. The car still comes with a 6.2-liter V8. Sprinting from zero to 60 mph in the convertible takes 5.4 seconds according to Chevrolet — that’s 0.2 seconds slower than the coupe.
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Premium automakers typically offer customers a wider array of choice than purveyors of, say, entry-level commercial vans. Stepping things up, Aston Martin allows its buyers to uniquely customize their vehicles via the new Q program.
The folks at Daimler’s smart division revealed a new concept car at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Supposedly their forjoy design study is a forerunner to a next-generation car.
Roughly a decade after making its initial sales debut, the Lamborghini Gallardo still snags envious stares. Naturally, another special edition is in order.
How do you make a boring economy car exciting? Well, most automakers simply tack a letter “R” on the rear and call it a day. Fortunately the latest Toyota Yaris concept has far more substance than just a name badge.
Raise your hand if you like functional small cars with grossly overpowered engines. Now that all of your primary upper-body appendages are above your heads, use your non-dominant hand to follow the jump and learn about Volkswagen’s latest fun-machine, the 2015 Golf R.
Concept cars are mostly built to taunt automotive journalists, but on rare occasions they do serve legitimate purposes. Sometimes they can tip-off what a car company has in development, and the black-as-coal Kia Niro is a clue as to what the South Korean brand’s next B-Segment offering could look like.
Porsche’s sexy 918 Spyder was in plain view for all to see on the eve of the Frankfurt Motor Show. Here are some important details on this mind-bogglingly powerful and equally efficient machine.
Mercedes-Benz just introduced its redesigned S-Class flagship sedan, a car that’s loaded with more bleeding-edge features than an Airbus A380 jet, but the company is also working on a two-door version of the Sonderklasse, as revealed by a handful design sketches.