The dust has now settled on Frankfurt and the motoring world has to move on once again. The whole world – including our website – has gone a bit Frankfurt crazy this week as new models arrived what seemed like every minute.
But what to look forward to now? Motor shows always have an end of term feel to them as all the cars we’ve been writing about recently were all launched at Frankfurt. Buried among our coverage this week were three cars that might have passed you by, but will no doubt be coming to a motor show near you in 2010.
One very important car is the third-generation Ford Focus. We spied it testing this week and it should be in showrooms by 2011.
We’ve already had a good look at it, with the launch of the Ford C-Max at Frankfurt and luckily, its looks will closer resemble that car rather than its questionably styled big brother, the Grand C-Max.
The engine range is also looking pretty exciting, too. Ford has been making lots of noise about its new EcoBoost engine, which has the power of a 2.2-litre with the economy and emissions of a 1.6-litre. With all the talk in the motor industry surrounding hybrid and electric cars, it’s great to see the internal combustion engine continue to evolve and keep with the times.
This week also saw us spy the production version of the Lexus LF-A. It’s been a long time coming (a lot like Toyota’s wait for a Formula One victory) and I’m sure you, like me, enjoyed watching Steve Sutcliffe put its through its paces recently at Goodwood.
Japan makes some mighty performance cars - chiefly the Nissan GT-R – so if that’s anything to go on, we’re in for a real treat with the LF-A.
One more car to look forward to is the Porsche Boxster Speedster. This is going to be the last hurrah for the current Boxster range, with its styling making a nod towards the 356 Speedster and 550 Spyder of the 1950s, which inspired the original Boxster concept.
This has always been one of Autocar’s favourite driver’s cars, so with talk of more power, improved dynamics and subtly tweaked styling, the latest Boxster is bound to carry on with the excellent standards Porsche has set itself.
Life after Frankfurt – it’s not all bad.