IAA 2007 in Frankfurt

So Aimée and I visited the Internationale Automobil Ausstellung, or the IAA in Frankfurt on saturday. I have been a car nut all my life, but my experiences only reached to the Brussels Auto Show, and the NAIAS in Detroit.

IAA Frankfurt Auto Show 2007 028.JPG This was, however, something completely different. The IAA at the Frankfurter Messe or exposition area is a vast area of many, many exposition halls, together with wide roads and open areas. With all the food corners, drink stalls and promotional stands outside, it more feels like a giant amusement park than a real auto show.

But it was all about ‘our’ favourite transportational means: the car. Being one of the biggest car shows in the world, it guarantees for many world premieres. The main topic this year was how eco-friendly cars can be, ranging from fuel-efficient models by Volkswagen, BMW’s EfficientDynamics, to a large scala of real hybrids and electric cars. Mostly, these were concepts, or means that were limited to special series of cars. Only BMW’s EfficientDynamics is standard to be found up to 55% of the brand’s offering. Standard, you cannot get a non-EfficientDynamics-car. And, in contrast to many manufacturers, are the fuel-economic BMW models sportier than their older, more eco-unfriendly counterparts.

It is useless to try to list all world premieres. Likewise, it is useless to describe the whole event. I find it even not possible to visit the full event in just one day. Within two years, I’ll be booking a weekend then :).

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Interesting bits were the world premieres at the BMW stand: an X6 Concept, which looks like it is ready for production (test mules have been spotted on the Nürburgring!), and the same car with a first hybrid from BMW: ActiveHybrid.

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