story and photos by Karl3
IAA, the “Internationale Automobile Ausstelltung,” often called the Frankfurt Motor Show, takes placeevery other year. It’s the biggest car show in the world, and many politicians show up there.
This year it has been pushed back in the headlines from the Syrian war refugee crisis. Four million Syrians have lefttheir country already (out of 20 million); Germany is expecting up to one million to arrive in its borders this year and has restarted border control, while Hungary has locked their borders.
The FCA stands were beautiful, though not as big as BMW or Mercedes, which occupy entire buildings.
Jeep showed their entire model range, except for the Compass, which is not on sale in Europe any more. New engines, complying to the Euro 6 standards, were known before the show. All the European variations are available with diesel engines as well. “Night Eagle” Special Editions are available for Renegade and Cherokee, and there were exclusive Mopar accessories.
The main feature for FCA was the Alfa Romeo Giulia, which also find its way to the US next year. The underpinnings, an FCA project, might became the basis for future Dodge cars. The stand was very crowded and it was difficult to shoot decent pictures.
There were only five Giulia Quadrioglios (the 510-hp top of the range car), and no other Alfa Romeos present other than two historical models, the Giulia TI Super and Giulia TZ. The Quadrioglio had already been shown to a closed audience on June 24th, Alfa’s 105th birthday, and this is the first public show. They will be starting taking orders at the end of the year, with lower-power versions being available in mid-2016. See our Alfa Romeo Giulia page for more photos of the Giulias at Frankfurt.
The Fiat booth mainly showed 500s, with eight new 500/500Cs. (You tell by the “body colored” piece within the rear lights.) Then there were four 500X and two 500L. The Abarth models, still a brand in Europe, are based on the “old” 500.
Maserati showed their full lineup with their standard displays. They are getting prepared for the Levante launch, believed to be at the Detroit show in January 2016. All engines fulfill the Euro 6 standards now. The Ermenegildo Zegna Special Edition is becoming a regular trim level, and Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path Detection are available now after years of being on Chryslers. GranTurismo and GranCabrio will be among the last model-years for those cars, reportedly being replaced by the Alfiere.
Lancia was represented by a single car, the Ypsilon, with no rebadged Chryslers in evidence.
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