The 64th Frankfurt 64th International Motor Show is just around the corner on the 15th to 25th September and despite the impending threat of impoverished gloom hanging over all of us, there will be a surprising number of new models and concepts to drool over.
Amongst the most desirable will be the Jaguar C-X16, designed by Scotsman Ian Callum, which will make its first global appearance at the show and in this 50th year of the E-Type, it’s got a hell of reputation to live up to.
Closer to our own pockets will be a revised Suzuki Swift Sport with a bigger and more aggressive front grille behind which is the latest version of the 134 bhp 1.6 litre M16A engine. This will rev to 6900 and is bolted to a new six speed gearbox!
Vauxhall will have its own sporty additions to the range too, revealing the new Astra GTC for the first time, with a choice of petrol and diesel engines between 118 bhp and 178 bhp. For the family motorist there will also e new Zafira Tourer, which looks quite smart in the early pics.
No doubt helped by its BTCC exposure, Chevrolet is becoming more recognisable over here and there will be a couple of interesting concepts on show including the Miray which has two front-mounted, battery-powered 15-kW electric motors, and of more interest to us, the Colorado Rally Concept.
Mind you it has to be said, that the American ‘concept’ of rallying is rather different to ours, and in this case, the name has been applied to a pickup. Whether we get it over here depends on its reception in Frankfurt, but after a period in the doldrums the pickup market in the UK is actually picking up again.
If there’s anything else of interest, I’ll put the news up here.