3 Highlights from the Frankfurt Auto Show for Anyone Who Wants to Become a Mechanic
Held every second year, the Frankfurt Auto Show (also known as the Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung or IAA) in Germany is one of the most significant events on the year’s motor calendar. The ten-day happening began on September 10th and is scheduled to run until September 22nd. Representatives from the industry’s leading automotive companies have gathered at the IAA to unveil anticipated designs, demonstrate recent innovations in automotive technology, and display spectacular performance vehicles.
The 2019 edition of the IAA offers exciting automotive developments such as an Audi wagon with supercar performance capacity, Porsche’s first series-produced electric car, a concept car from Hyundai, and the much-awaited release of the Land Rover Defender 4×4.
Read along if you’re interested in knowing more about what’s on the table at this year’s IAA!
1. Electric Vehicles Are Taking Centerstage at the Frankfurt Auto Show
Most the biggest players in the automotive industry now have a hand in electric vehicles (EV). So, it was hardly a surprise that EVs were making a big splash at this year’s show. Here are a few highlights to know about if you want to become a mechanic.
Porsche’s Taycan is the company’s first EV. In terms of aesthetics, the design is not much different from the Mission E concept as it has retained the same efficient and sleek design. As for performance, the Taycan Turbo S has 615hp with an overboost function for launch control resulting in 751hp. It can cover 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds and achieve a top speed of 260 km/h. As for the battery range, the Taycan needs to be charged after 412-450 kilometers, depending on the model (Turbo or Turbo S).
Another player to release an EV is Mini. Its Mini Cooper SE has a 181hp electric motor, front-wheel drive, and a lithium-ion battery with a range of 235-270 kilometers that can be charged to 80% in less than three hours. Because Mini Coopers are small, the engineers strategically placed the battery within the floor to optimize spaciousness inside the vehicle.
Hyundai also premiered its 45 concept vehicle, described by the company as “a symbolic milestone for Hyundai’s future EV design.” Somehow balancing a style that is both retro and futuristic, the 45 is a historic wink to the company’s first generations of automobiles.
2. If You Want to Become a Mechanic, You’ll Be Interested in the New Land Rover Defender
If you’re a fan of film, or if you’re a car buff in a mechanic program, you might have heard that the new Land Rover Defender was recently spotted on set on the upcoming James Bond Movie: No Time to Die. Land Rover’s latest offers all the off-roading implements and features that any international secret agent would require when navigating the globe’s most arduous terrain. While the company remained quite secretive until the IAA, Land Rover’s SUV was considered to be one of the year’s most anticipated car debuts. It is the second generation of Defender and it comes no less than 25 years after its predecessor.
3. BMW’s New X6 Crossover SUV Has Been One of This Year’s Standouts
BMW’s third generation X6 coupe SUV had already been exhibited, but its four models were revealed to the public for the first time in Frankfurt. The most powerful version in the range is the M50i with its twin turbo V8 engine capable of producing 524hp and having an impressive 553 ft/lbs torque capacity.
Each version comes with BMW’s xDrive four-wheel drive system and an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
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