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Frankfurt Auto Show 2009 Preview
By Colum Wood, Sep. 14, 2009

Held once every two years the Frankfurt Auto Show IAA (Internationale Automobil Ausstellung) is the largest in the industry. If there’s anything the Germans are known more for than bratwurst and beer, it’s finely engineered vehicles. From Volkswagen to BMW, from Mercedes to Porsche, the German automakers take center stage at the Frankfurt Motor Show. We’ll update this preview page with developing stories about which models are expected to make their world debut in Germany. Live coverage from Frankfurt starts September 15th.


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First Lamborghini Reventón Roadster Photos Released

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Lotus Range Extender Engine an Off-The-Shelf Hybrid Powerplant

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Lotus to Debut Elise Club Racer at Frankfurt Auto Show

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Volkswagen to Unveil BlueMotion Polo, Golf and Passat in Frankfurt

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Mazda MX-5 Superlight Concept

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Audi Bringing R8 Roadster and Electric R8 to Frankfurt Auto Show

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BMW to Debut Green Sports Car Concept at Frankfurt Auto Show

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