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IAA 2011 Preview

Every September, the automotive industry convenes in Frankfurt to show its latest offerings and developments, but there have rarely been as many exciting debuts as there will be at this year's IAA. Here are some of the most important premieres at a glance.

Abarth 695 Competizione: Revealed in Frankfurt

Tuned-up little Abarths, don’t you just love them? Another debut at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show was a non-‘Ferrari’ version of the hottest 500 so more >>

Aston Martin at the 2011 Frankfurt Show: New DBS Carbon Edition

In addition to showing its Zagato-bodied V12 Vantage, Aston Martin will have new limited-edition versions of the DBS at the IAA... read more >>

Aston Martin V12 Zagato

The production version of Aston’s £330,000 + local taxes supercar will be shown to the general public for the first time at this year’s show... read more >>

Audi Urban Concept

Audi will be showcasing this unique, all-electric two-seater with innovative ‘1+1’ seating on their €10M showstand... read more >>

Audi's four new S models

The Audi 'urban concept car' will be joined by no fewer than four new S models; namely the S6, S6 Avant, S7 Sportback and the S8... read more >>

Bentley Continental GTC

The convertible GTC version of Bentley's Continental coupe will make its first public appearance at the show... read more >>

BMW i3 and i8

BMW will usher in its new ‘i’ sub-brand by displaying two alternative-drive cars at the IAA; the i3 supermini and the i8 sports car, the latter of which has the performance of an M3 yet an economy figure of up to 104mpg... read more >>

Citroën Tubik concept: Revival of the H-Van

One could be forgiven for raising an eyebrow at Classic Driver covering a Citroën van. But, when said vehicle is a modern interpretation of the cult icon that is the H-Van, perhaps we can be forgiven... read more >>

Ferrari 458 Spider

Well, here’s something no one expected. The open-top version of the Ferrari 458 Italia doesn’t have a classic fabric top after all, but an electrically powered aluminum roof... read more >>

Jaguar C-X16 concept: Pictures and full details

“It embodies the established Jaguar strengths of sensual design, animal-like agility and inspirational performance,” says Jaguar of the C-X16 prototype, the so-called successor to the iconic E-type. The concept will be revealed in all its sensual glory at the Frankfurt motor show next week... read more>>

New videos for the Jaguar C-X16

Jaguar has just released video footage of one of the stars at Frankfurt 2011, its new - maybe an E-type successor, maybe not - C-X16... read more>>

Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale: Unveiled at Frankfurt

“The most extreme Gallardo ever” – a new, LP 570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale model – is Lamborghini’s treat for the Frankfurt motor show which opens this week... read more >>

Land Rover Defender DC100 and DC100 Sport: Two concepts take a bow at 2011 Frankfurt show

Gosh, who’d have thought it - a genuine surprise at a motor show after weeks of teaser photos and preview stories? But that’s exactly what Land Rover did today when it revealed the ‘DC100 Sport’... read more >>

Land Rover DC100

Next to the Jaguar stand, Land Rover will display its DC100 design study, which the firm will use to gauge public reaction ahead of the launch of an all-new Defender in 2015... read more >>

Maserati Kubang: High-performance SUV at Frankfurt

A luxury SUV is destined to join Maserati’s line-up, as confirmed by the unveiling of the Maserati Kubang at the Frankfurt motor show... read more >>

Maserati GranCabrio Fendi

Maserati and Italian fashion house Fendi have collaborated to showcase their “shared common values, such as craftsmanship and tradition.”... read more >>

Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG

Mercedes-Benz will premiere the new SLK 55 AMG, which as well as being the most powerful SLK ever, makes use of cylinder deactivation technology to deliver over 30mpg... read more >>

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

Mercedes will also show the Roadster version of its SLS AMG, but the gullwing doors have had to be sacrificed... read more >>

Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series

Another hot Mercedes on show will be the Black Series version of the C63 AMG coupé, which boasts 509bhp and the title of most powerful C-Class ever... read more >>

Mercedes-Benz M-Class

One of the more sedate Mercedes' on show will be the ML-Class, which takes the fight to the Range Rover and other big SUVs, while achieving a 25% improvement in fuel consumption across the range... read more >>

Porsche 911 (991)

Porsche will show its new 911, and the good news doesn’t stop there. The Stuttgart firm has announced that its new car will be lighter, more powerful, more economical and more environmentally friendly than its predecessor... read more >>

Smart Forvision concept

While Mercedes has clearly been busy readying its latest models for Frankfurt, that doesn't mean Daimler has neglected the Smart brand. The Forvision concept is a collaborative effort with chemical giants BASF, and includes are variety of new materials and technologies... read more >>

Text: Classic Driver