Automotive News had a chance to ask Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche if the forthcoming Mercedes-Benz pickup will come to the U.S. He gave a longish CEO style answer that basically boiled down to "maybe, maybe not." -- Dave Guilford
Walk into Audi's building here in Frankfurt and show goers will find a chamber completely encased in ice several inches thick. It's not immediately clear what the message behind it is; yesterday the walls were lit up by projectors. -- Ryan Beene
An animated Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn worked the room at an alliance reception Tuesday in Frankfurt. His take on counterpart Sergio Marchionne's call for industry mergers: Consolidation is needed and will continue, but mergers aren't the only solution. Alliances, for instance, work really well in Ghosn's opinion. -- Dave Guilford
Wolfgang Porsche, chairman of Porsche SE, center, looks on as Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn, left, shanks hands with Kazunori Yamauchi, president of Polyphony Digital, during the Frankfurt motor show on Tuesday.
Never mind Audi and Porsche, two giants that took the wraps off of new electric vehicles this week to challenge Tesla. The Thunder Power -- an EV with 450 hp and rear-wheel drive -- debuted this week in a small corner of the Frankfurt auto show. It’s the creation of CEO Wellen Sham, who took over a tooling company four years ago and turned it into a Taiwan-based purveyor of EVs. “Why the name? Because it’s electric,” Sham told TG.com. It's packed with lots of leather and wood, a huge screen that covers the entire dash and an interior designed by Zagato, Sham told Top Gear. Thunder Power promises 'European engineering' wrapped up in 'Italian design', and it has hired former Bugatti technician Dr. Peter Tutzer to oversee the project. The car is currently undergoing testing in Milan, ahead of a planned 2017 European release, AutoExpress.com reported. -- David Phillips
The return of the long-dormant German brand Borgward is making a big splash in Hall 5. Chief Designer Benjamin Nawka, recruited from Mercedes-Benz in 2012 to take on the project, called it "the challenge of a lifetime." He wound up creating an elegant-looking crossover. -- Richard Johnson
The German automakers always pull out all the stops in Frankfurt, perhaps none more so than Audi. The automaker doesn't have a display -- no, that would not suffice. Instead, it has its own building. -- Ryan Beene
On Monday night Infiniti showed the Q30 compact hatch. Today Mazda rolled out the Koeru concept and, subtleties aside, you see a very similar profile. Clearly the vehicle silhouette du jour. -- Dave Guilford
GM CEO Mary Barra and Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann draw a media swarm after unwrapping the redesigned 2016 Astra. The compact is Opel's No. 2 nameplate behind the smaller Corsa, together accounting for more than half of the brand's sales. -- Mike Colias
Mercedes-Benz says its Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile concept unveiled Monday night by Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche will inform its design language for years to come. The concept’s interior will show up to a large degree in the redesigned E-class sedan next year. The exterior hints at the brand’s car designs in later years. Mercedes made extensive use of digital design tools to develop the concept in record time of just 10 months. That compares with typical development time of 18 months for a concept car. -- Amy Wilson
Jaguar's first crossover, the F-Pace, maneuvers a giant, 360-degree loop during a presentation Monday as part of media previews for the Frankfurt auto show. Jaguar says professional stunt driver Terry Grant underwent two months of intense physical and dietary training to ensure his body was prepared for the 6.5 G-Forces unleashed by the maneuver, which is greater than the forces experienced by space shuttle pilots. The stunt set a Guinness World Record for largest ever loop-the-loop, Jaguar said Monday.
Johan de Nysschen, in his short stint as head of Infiniti, set a clear goal of expanding the Nissan premium brand's lineup beyond its U.S.-centric origins. The goal: To get on the radar in Europe and Asia. That meant smaller cars and diesels. De Nysschen has moved on, but the Infiniti Q30 unveiled Monday in Frankfurt fits both criteria, at least in Europe, where the compact hatch, to be followed by a crossover, will have two diesel options. The models arrive -- sans diesels -- in the U.S. in 2016.
Ulrich Hackenberg, head of technical development for Audi, handles duties for the world premiere of Audi's all-electric e-tron Quattro on Monday. The crossover is being developed as a rival to Tesla's Model X.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne has canceled his appearance at the Frankfurt auto show this week after the automaker was picked as the target company in labor talks in the U.S. Marchionne was originally scheduled to meet with the press on Tuesday.
We kick off Show Notes for the 2015 Frankfurt auto show with a look back at a bold-faced name that likely won’t be returning to the exhibit floor this year. Ferdinand Piech, who resigned as supervisory board chairman of Volkswagen AG in April, had been a fixture at the biennial show for years. He’s seen here in a Volkswagen L1 Hybrid concept car as Holger Bock, left, the car's development head, and Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn, center, look on, during the opening day of the Frankfurt show on Sept. 17, 2009. Piech, the 78-year-old grandson of the inventor of the VW Beetle and chairman since 2002, was forced out after attempting to discredit Winterkorn. While his departure ended an era at the German carmaker -- he became VW CEO in 1993 and later pulled the company back from the brink -- recent news reports say Piech prevented Winterkorn from fulfilling his ambition to become chairman, showing the patriarch's ongoing influence behind the scenes. Volkswagen CFO Hans Dieter Poetsch -- viewed as a peacemaker -- has been nominated to become chairman of VW. -- David Phillips
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