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The week that was: Frankfurt, EVs and Elon's online bromance

By Glenn Butler, 14 Sep 2019 Car News

Audi AI:Trail 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show

Catch up on the week in automotive news and reviews from the WhichCar desk

It’s been a huge week for the automotive industry; capped off by the Frankfurt Motor Show that provided us a clear glimpse into our motoring future.

Volkswagen ID3

WhichCar was on the ground in Germany to witness some of the huge reveals ranging from the all-new second-generation Land Rover Defender to the Volkswagen’s ID3 electric hatchback (above) that the German carmaker says is every bit as significant as the Beetle and Golf.

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Our full IAA 2019 coverage is available at our big Frankfurt mini site, where you can catch up with all the new models, and exciting concepts including Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS, Hyundai Concept 45, Audi AI-Trail and the BMW Concept 4 (let us know what you think of that grille).

BMW Concept 4

Speaking of electric cars, Elon Musk casually took to Twitter to confirm he’ll finally reveal his “really futuristic-like cyberpunk, Blade Runner” Tesla pickup truck. He also used the social-medium to spark a bromance with Formula 1 ace Nico Rosberg, who offered to break a Nurburgring lap record in a Model S.

Tesla pickup truck rendering

Closer to home Ford officially revealed Aussie specs and pricing for its new Focus ST hot hatch, and revealed it was developing a new car-based ute right here in Australia, where of course the concept was invented.

Toyota Australia, meanwhile, revealed it’s keen to add the big Tundra pickup to the local line-up, and that the venerable Toyota LandCruiser is set to receive a hybrid powertrain.

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Through all this, we also managed to review the new Volvo S60, Rolls Royce Cullinan, and Honda Civic VTi-LX sedan, with plenty more drive impressions to come including some box fresh models driven during our time at Frankfurt.

Volvo S 60

On top of all this great stuff, our social channels have been running red-hot as well. Make sure you head over to WhichCar’s or 4x4 Australia’s Facebook page, the Wheels and Motor insta accounts and Street Machine’s amazing YouTube channel.

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And if you’re really keen to test your automotive knowledge, check out our new weekly automotive quiz. It’s great for office bragging rights!

Drive safe and may your preferred footy team blitz the finals. 

 

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