Every second September, arguably the world’s most important motor show rolls into Frankfurt, occupying not only a large part of the biggest financial centre on mainland Europe but also sizeable swathes of several issues of Autocar.
But once more, it was a British car that had showgoers barging past halls full of sleek German executives to catch a first glimpse of it. Time alone will tell whether those who saw the reveal of the Jaguar C-X16 will have been afforded an ‘I was there’ moment to rival the 1961 unveiling of the E-type at the Geneva motor show, but no one could have mistaken the momentous feeling in the air. And it soon became clear that if Jaguar can only make the resulting road car as good as the C-X16 looks, it will have a world beater.
Other Frankfurt stars came from far and wide and included everything from VW’s cute and clever Up city car to the public debut of the new Porsche 911. In between, we were especially pleased to catch sight of ST variants for the Ford Focus and Fiesta.
You could hardly miss the vast Maserati Kubang SUV, either, this Italian blue blood joining the fast-swelling ranks of premium-plus manufacturers like Bentley and Jaguar working on similarly configured cars.