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Frankfurt Motor Show - what you need to know

12 Sep 2011 at 15:00

By Richard Aucock

The Frankfurt Motor Show opens its doors this month, which will see dozens of new cars get their world debut. Indeed, analysts are saying there could be more than 100 new cars revealed next week at the big bi-annual motor show – the largest in Europe this year.

Frankfurt is one of the world's most important motor shows because it is at the heart of the German car industry. Makers such as VW, Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Porsche are all big global brands, which ensures their home car show takes on a global presence.

The show opens on Tuesday 13 September, and will run until 25 September. In 2009, the bi-annual show attracted 850,000 visitors, and the 2011 total is expected to be much higher.

To help give you a taster of what you can expect from the Frankfurt Motor Show, and to illustrate just how large the event is, here are some more facts from the Frankfurt IAA...

First show: 1897

The Frankfurt Motor Show is Germany's 'Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung' – international motor show. The 'IAA' was first held in Berlin in 1897: it moved to Frankfurt in 1951.

Thousands of journalists attend

In 2009, no less than 13,261 motoring journalists attended the Frankfurt IAA, from 96 countries.

Worldwide exhibitors

52% of the 2009 Frankfurt IAA exhibitors came from the European Union. Surprisingly, just 7% came from America: one-third of them were from Asia, Australia and Africa.

Hitting the million

In 1989, 1.2 million visitors attended the Frankfurt IAA. It was so popular, show organisers decided to separate the car show and commercial vehicle show. These are now held on alternate years: the passenger car show hit the million-visitor mark again in 2003.

It is not all about the cars

Although brand new cars dominate the Frankfurt Motor Show, they only made up 20% of the show's exhibits in 2009. Parts and accessories formed the biggest part of the show, accounting for 38% of exhibits.

Hundreds of world premiers

In 2009, 100 new cars received their world premier at the Frankfurt Motor Show. There were actually 206 premiers overall though, when new parts, accessories, and technologies were included. Again, these numbers are expected to be higher this year.

New models from dozens of car makers will be shown next week at the Frankfurt Motor Show, including star attractions such as the Jaguar C-X16 concept, the new BMW 3 Series and Porsche 911, a new Land Rover Concept and even a surprise new SUV from a startup British car company called Eterniti.

Many of these models will gain coverage in mainstream media, particularly the new Jaguar sports car concept that many are billing as the replacement to the E-Type. RAC motoring will be attending the event, so come back next week for more news from the Frankfurt Motor Show.