The Frankfurt Auto Show is ready to kick off in Germany, but the big plans in store for this annual festival will likely have ramifications all over the world. Beginning Sept. 10 and running through Sept. 22, the show is one of the most anticipated events in the auto industry, and several of the top carmakers are getting ready to unveil new creations.
Making European automakers are hoping to use the show as a stepping stone for new initiatives, The Wall Street Journal reported. With the continent's car sales on the decline, brands like Volkswagen, BMW and Mercedes-Benz aim to introduce alluring new models that will attract drivers with affordable sticker prices, low vehicle maintenance costs and eco-friendly practices.
Many of the options slated to make an appearance are environmentally friendly and will cut down on expenses in the long run, The Associated Press reported. Some of these options include the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car, the BMW Concept X5 hybrid electric, the Mercedes S 500 plug-in hybrid and the Volkswagen e-Golf electric-only compact.
Several American brands are looking to refocus their offerings at the Frankfurt Auto Show, as well. Ford will be showcasing its Mondeo sedan and wagon as part of the Vignale line.