Frankfurt Auto Show

Page created: October 11, 1999

58th Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung

5.0/8.0 FRANKFURT, GERMANY (September 20, 1999) -- The Frankfurt Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA) is big. No, that’s wrong. This show is HUGE. The only reason why I didn’t have more pictures is because I got tired of walking around (that and jet lag).

This auto show is held every other year. It is a combination auto show / Society of American (SAE) show. Both automobile manufacturers and suppliers have displays. The stands are spread out over nine (9!) different halls. I never even made it to the DaimlerChrylser display (again).

And so, without further ado, here are my “bests of” from the show:

~ Most Crowded Production Car: Porsche 911 Turbo

~ Most Popular American Car: Tie: Chevrolet Blazer, pickup truck

~ Most Popular Car Color: Shades of Blue

~ Most Crowded Car Manufacturer: Anything German

~ Most Interesting Display: It was raining at the Saab booth.

~ Best Giveaway Bag: Audi

~ Best Giveaway Brochure: The Porsche Boxster brochure is a hard cover book.

~ Car I Wanted To Steal The Most: McLaren F1 at the 100 Years of the Automobile display.

~ Car I Really Wanted To See But Walked Right By: The Audi RS4 Avant (station wagon wtih 360 hp twin-turbo V6 and quattro). I’d show you a picture, but I walked right by it!

~ Biggest Lust-Inducing Item: After my girlfriend, the 1993 McLaren F1 on display.

~ Biggest Disappointment: BMW didn’t show the upcoming Z8 (or I missed it).

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VW World

The World of Volkswagen
(photo by EMan Sep-99)

This particular building housed just a few of Volkswagen’s many brands.

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Auto Show Schedule

Don’t trust me on the accuracy of these dates, but here they are:

Greater Los Angeles Auto Show Jan 8-16, 2000 310/444-1850
North American International Auto Show (Detroit) Jan 15-23, 2000 313/567-5014
Chicago Auto Show Feb 11-20, 2000 630/495-2282
Salon International de l’Automobile (Geneva) Mar 2-12, 2000  
New York International Auto Show April 22-30, 2000 718/746-5300
Mondial de l’Automobile (Paris) Sep 30 - Oct 15, 2000  

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