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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Motoring: Feeling light-headed at the Frankfurt Motoring Show

New Astra line-up unveiled as Opel announce plans to produce 29 new models by 2020

General Motors CEO Mary Barra and Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann (R) present the new Opel Astra during the media day at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany September 15, 2015
General Motors CEO Mary Barra and Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann (R) present the new Opel Astra during the media day at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany September 15, 2015
Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 Spyder is presented during the Volkswagen group night ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany, September 14, 2015. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche leaves a Mercedes S 63 Coupe during an event of the Daimler group on the eve of the Frankfurt Auto Show IAA in Frankfurt, Germany, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche presents the Mercedes-Benz S 500 cabrio car during the media day at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany, September 15, 2015. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski
Maserati Quattroporte cars are pictured during the media day at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany, September 15, 2015. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann presents the Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 Spyder during the Volkswagen group night ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany, September 14, 2015. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
The new Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 Spyder is presented during the Volkswagen group night on the eve of the Frankfurt Auto Show IAA in Frankfurt, Germany, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
Jaguar F-PACE SUV is pictured during the media day at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany, September 15, 2015. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
A model poses at the Hyundai Vision G car during the media day at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany, September 15, 2015. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
A model poses with the Hyundai Genesis car during the media day at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany, September 15, 2015. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Models present the new Fiat 500 during the media day at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany September 15, 2015. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Citroen DS 3 is pictured during the media day at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany, September 15, 2015. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Bentley CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer presents the new Bentley Bentayga luxury SUV during the Volkswagen group night on the eve of the Frankfurt Auto Show IAA in Frankfurt, Germany, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
Bentley CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer sits in the new Bentley Bentayga luxury SUV during the Volkswagen group night on the eve of the Frankfurt Auto Show IAA in Frankfurt, Germany, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
Ulrich Hackenberg, Board Member for Technical Development of Audi, presents the new Audi e-tron Quattro during the media day at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany, September 15, 2015. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
New Audi e-tron Quattro is presented during the media day at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany, September 15, 2015. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
New Audi e-tron Quattro is presented during the media day at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany, September 15, 2015. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
The new Audi e-tron Quattro has its world premiere during the Volkswagen group night ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany, September 14, 2015. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
The new Audi e-tron Quattro has its world premiere during the Volkswagen group night ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany, September 14, 2015. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Audi Member of the Board Luca de Meo presents the Audi A4 2.0 T quattro car during the media day at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany, September 15, 2015. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
The new Audi A4 2.0 T quattro is presented during the Volkswagen group night ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany, September 14, 2015. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
CORECTS NAME TO MISSION E A Porsche Mission E is presented during the Volkswagen group night on the eve of the Frankfurt Auto Show IAA in Frankfurt, Germany, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
A Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe is presented during the Volkswagen group night on the eve of the Frankfurt Auto Show IAA in Frankfurt, Germany, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
A Mercedes-Maybach S-Class car is presented during the media day at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany, September 15, 2015. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski
A Mercedes Concept Car IAA is presented on the first press day of the Frankfurt Auto Show IAA in Frankfurt, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. The car show runs through Sept. 27. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
A Citroen Aircross concept car is pictured during the media day at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany, September 15, 2015. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
A Citroen Aircross concept car is pictured during the media day at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany, September 15, 2015. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
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SEAT Leon Cross Sport is presented during the Volkswagen group night ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany, September 14, 2015. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
General Motors CEO Mary Barra presents the new Opel Astra during the media day at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany September 15, 2015. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Models present the new Fiat 500 during the media day at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany September 15, 2015. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
General Motors CEO Mary Barra presents the new Opel Astra during the media day at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany September 15, 2015. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

The 66th Frankfurt Motor Show was so exciting with stunning models and loop de loops that it all proved too much for one motoring chief.

We’re not sure whether it was the searing heat from the lights  in the hall or the breathtaking stunt by Jaguar to launch their F-Pace SUV, but it was too much fun for BMW boss Harald Krueger who fainted during his presentation.

To be fair, I needed a lie down myself after seeing some of the magnificent metal on show over the last three days which included the latest Bentley SUV called Bentayga — dubbed the fastest luxury truck on earth which is packing a W12 with 600bhp and 0-100kph in just 4 seconds. Other supercars making their debut included the Lamborghini Huracan Spider,  the Bugatti Vision Concept (replacement for the Veyron), Ferrari 488 Spider and the Porsche 911.

But we here know the most awaited launch of the week happened over at the Opel stand.

Pulling the dust covers off the stunning new Astra and Astra Sport Touring (which has 30,000 orders already even though the car is not officially launched until October 10th), CEO Mary Barra revealed that Opel plan to launch 29 new models by 2020 — including a super luxurious SUV.

Over at Audi the blistering  S4 and S4 Avant  were debuting, equipped with a newly developed V6 powerplant. The 3.0 TFSI engine has 354bhp with a 0-100kph sprint of just 4.7 seconds, outstripping its predecessor in terms of power and torque. Despite the improved performance, the S4 consumes less than 7.4 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres, with 170 g/km CO2.

Also on display was the Audi e-tron quattro concept which, thanks to the power of three electric motors, has the propulsion of a little rocket. It’ll hit 100kph in 4.6 seconds, has a top end of 210k and an eye-popping range of 500kms. Elsewhere the SEAT Leon Cross Sport, which combines the performance of a compact sports car with the versatility of  all-wheel drive and packing 300bhp, hit the catwalk. Also on show was the Ibiza Cupra which manages to squeeze 192bhp out of a 1.8 litre engine packed into a city car shell and can rocket to 100kph in just 6.7 seconds.

Over in the French quarter the all-new Megane made an appearance. It promises to be “loaded with technology features from higher-segment cars”.

 Taking its face off the Talisman Concept, the fourth generation hatchback is much sportier looking with it’s dimensions stretched to make it 25mm lower, 47mm wider and its wheelbase lengthened by 28mm. The sexy GT (pictured) comes in both diesel and petrol and will be launched here in the new year  for summer deliveries. A ‘Hybrid Assist’ diesel will be added in 2017.

Finally, the new VW Tiguan gets the same conventional overhaul as the 2015 Passat with a more chunkier and angular look.

The longer wheelbase gives 29mm of extra leg room in the rear while the boot expands 145 litres to 615 litres. The interior design is familiar with a similar dash and cabin layout as the Passat and Golf.

Like the aforementioned a plug-in hybrid version of the Tiguan (also called the GTE) will be in showrooms early next year.

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