The Frankfurt Motor Show, which opens this week, will host world premieres of 159 new cars, many of which represent the latest in battery or hybrid gas-electric vehicle systems as well as futuristic concepts that though not intended for sale, automakers hope will reignite the interest of younger generations.
Now in its 65th year, the IAA Frankfurt motor show will host 1,091 exhibitors from 35 countries at the sprawling Frankfurt Messe exhibition center, which consists of multiple exhibition halls spread over 230,000 square meters, equivalent to 32 soccer fields, The Associated Press noted
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The show, which is held every other year, attracted 928,000 visitors back in 2011.
Among some of the most anticipated exhibitions are luxury electrical cars, aimed at high-end consumers, that combine internal combustion engines with carbon-fiber parts to save on weight and allow for extreme acceleration over short periods of time.
One of those plug-in hybrid sports cars is BMW's i8, which is presently in the development phase and is designed to travel 0 to 62 mph in just 4.5 seconds
Another concept being revealed from fellow German automaker, Audi, is the new version of its Quattro model, that while being a hybrid concept has a whopping 700 horsepower and can reach a top speed of 190 mph.
According to Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer, a professor of automotive economics at the University of Duisburg-Essen, the new hybrid concepts may help companies meet European Union fleet average emissions standards, even if sales are modest, the AP notes.
Other highlights visitors to the show will be able to see up close, according to CTV News
, are the Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.3-16, BMW M635 CSi, Volkswagen Golf II, Renault Fuego Turbo, Opel Monza GSE, and "Group B" Porsche.
As for why there is a need for futuristic concepts, automakers are apparently attempting to appeal more to younger consumers whom they fear are losing interest in purchasing cars, Britain's Telegraph noted
"The thinking goes that if cars looked and behaved more like an iPad, the young would perk up and buy them – it’s a bit desperate," the Telegraph writes.
"Visitors are getting younger and younger," Matthias Wissmann, president of the German Association of the Automotive Industry, told the Telegraph. "At the IAA in 2011, the average age of visitors was 35, whereas in the year 2009 it was 36. This is a remarkable fact."
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