By James Wong
Day One of the Frankfurt Motor Show is now behind us, so we’ve pulled together some of the highlights of the show so far. Click past the jump to see some of our favorites from the first day. More to come later, and even more tomorrow. Remember to let us know if you want photos or first-person impressions of any of the new models shown by clicking on our earlier post here.
By James Wong
Techshake is represented this year at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the biggest automotive exhibition of its kind in the world. The first press day has just ended, so here I am in my hostel typing up all of the news, I think, worth knowing to Techshake readers. The updates will come in a few posts, so bear with me as they appear as soon as I get new information.
In Messe Frankfurt, the exhibition complex where the show is held, the atmosphere was electric. There are thousands of media personnel who have made their way down from different parts of the world to attend the show. I have to be brutally honest: the show does feel a little commercialised, with back-to-back (and clashing) press conferences and little else to appease the audience. Although it could still be early days as the show isn’t yet open to the public, I was expecting more hands-on experiences like test drives and seeing/hearing cars moving around me. Well, it was mostly a static display of cars, which if nothing else allowed for easy photography.
Given the massive number of new releases at the show, I had to be selective in which press conferences to attend. It is impossible to attend each and every one, which meant some difficult decisions. Nonetheless, the second press day is a relief as I will have more time to capture what I have missed today. If you want more pictures of any specific car, or more details, please write to us and I will try my very best to fulfill your request.
By Chris Haak
As a fan of diversity and healthy competition in the global automobile industry, it’s not easy to write this. I think there would be nothing better than a healthy, self-sustaining Saab, pumping out the new 9-5 sedan (and soon, a 9-5 SportCombi), GM-built 9-4x crossover, and new Saab-developed models such as the next-generation 9-3 and a potential smaller 9-2. However, the reality is that Saab is an extremely sick company, one that hasn’t buit a car in five months (and therefore has no incoming cashflow) and whose short-term existence is dependent upon the good graces of the Chinese government in approving investments of Pang Da Automobile Trade Co. and Zhejiang Youngman Lotus Automobile Co. in the struggling Swedish automaker.
By Chris Haak
Just the good ol’ boys
Never meanin’ no harm
Beats all you never saw
Been in trouble with the law
Since the day they was born.
By Carl Malek
In an announcement that surprised some in the industry last Friday, General Motors announced that legendary automotive executive and car enthusiast Bob Lutz will be returning to the company to serve as a consultant to the company’s senior leadership. The 79 year old former vice chairman and “Car Czar” retired from the company in 2010, but still provided the company with free informal advice and counsel during his time away from the company.