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2013-09-12 10:24

GERMAN EVS ON SHOW: Many German automakers are displaying EVs and hybrids at the Frankfurt motor show, such as BMW’s i3 pictured here. Image: BMW

BMW i3, Volkswagen's electric Golf, Mercedes-Benz S-Class hybrids...   Some of the greenest German vehicles in the world are on display at the 2013 Frankfurt International Motor Show.

FRANKFURT, Germany – “Affordable electromobility” is a key topic at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show, where automakers are fighting back after years of decline in the wake of the Eurozone crisis.

President of Germany's VDA manufacturers' federation Matthias Wissmann said: "Electromobility is no longer just a vision. Electric cars are now on the roads."


The show opened its doors to the public on September 12 2013, who were greeted by Germany's chancellor, Angela Merkel.

Apart from the latest vehicles, the emphasis at the 65th edition of the show was also on technology that connects cars to each other and surroundings.

Automaker’s displayed systems that warn drivers of potential hazards, show the position of recharge stations, or direct drivers to public transport if roads are gridlocked.


There have been dozens of global and European premieres, with strong showings from German brands on their home turf. A key debut was BMW's first fully-electric car, the i3, which the automaker hopes will usher in a new era of urban mobility.
According to the automaker, the i3 has a range of 160km.

Volkswagen launched its electric Golf (e-Golf) in Frankfurt and unveiled an electric version of its, the e-Up! VW's electric-traction chief engineer Thomas Lieber said: "Our surveys with customers show they are thrilled by the smooth performance of an electric vehicle. It's pure emotion."


The 2013 Frankfurt auto show sees 129 Chinese companies. Most are component suppliers but Changan, the only Chinese automaker showing cars in Frankfurt, chose the venue to debut an Italian-designed sports utility vehicle, the CS 75.
Changan sells two-million units in China each year and announced ambitious plans to enter the European and US market. It aims to sell five-million cars globally by 2020.

Experts believe the vehicle market is stabilising and may show growth from 2014. Zero-emissions cars provide manufacturers with an opportunity to carve out market share and boost brand image.

Audi chief Rupert Stadler said he was confident the European market would be to back to strength within two years.

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