German Chancellor opens Frankfurt Car Show
13 September 2005 , FRANKFURT - The 61st Frankfurt Car Show shifts up a gear on Tuesday when German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder tours the stands at what is one of the world's most important motor industry showcases.
13 September 2005
FRANKFURT - The 61st Frankfurt Car Show shifts up a gear on Tuesday when German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder tours the stands at what is one of the world's most important motor industry showcases.
Schroeder will officially open the exhibition which is reserved during the week for members of the motoring press and trade visitors. More than 80 new models are making their world debut in the city on the River Main.
The show throws open its doors to the general public from Saturday and runs through September 25.
The car sector is one of Germany's key industries, with around one in seven jobs linked in some to way vehicle manufacturing.
Monday saw the wrappers come off some of the key new models, including the powerful Audi Q7 offroader, the new Volkswagen Eos convertible and the luxury executive Mercedes-Benz S-Class limousine.
On Tuesday the focus switches to European makers and the Japanese, with previews from Renault, Peugeot, Volvo, Jaguar along with Nissan and Toyota.
Despite spiralling fuel prices the mood was optimistic as the show got underway. German manufacturers are citing an upsurge in European sales after several years of sluggish performance.
According to Germany's car manufacturers' federation, the VDA, new registrations in western Europe this year went up by nearly eight per cent on the same period in 2004 to stand 838,000 units.
Europe's biggest carmaker Volkswagen has promised to unveil between five and ten new models by 2010 and VW has been able to boost its market share. "This August was the best we've had for ages," said VW head Bernd Pischetsrieder.
Around 1,000 car and component manufacturers from 44 countries are displaying at the show. China is represented for the first time and VDA expects around one million visitors to attend - about the same number as journeyed to Frankfurt for the event in 2003.
Subject: German news