2009 International Auto Shows – Fantasy of Car Lovers

Why International Car Shows?

International auto shows are of immense importance today with their increasing popularity as well as growing need of cars and vehicles throughout the world. These international car exhibitions provide excellent platform for automobile manufacturing companies to come together to display their crafts and share their technologies and expertise. In one way or the other, the objective is to promote the business of car manufacturing and production.

What’s the Outcome?

Automobile companies go global with audience swarming in from all over the world. International car shows introduce car dealers and buyers with the newest car technologies as well as the latest car models and concept cars that the manufacturers are willing to present. In today’s commercial world, a car show provides manufacturers ample opportunity to advertize their products in front of global buyers.

A number of auto shows are taking places all over the world. City that organizes an international auto exhibition instantly make its place in the world car map. It becomes a center for car sale and purchase. Million dollar agreements are signed between car manufacturers and dealers during the exhibition.

The Evolution of Car Shows

The nature of international car exhibitions has evolved to a great extent since its beginning. In the beginning it was only the existing models and newer models that were to be launched in the market were showcased in these exhibitions. But gradually the style changed. Now the trend is to display the concept cars that were not meant for selling or marketing along with production cars. These concept cars are only to bring new technologies, innovation and creativity in the spotlight. They are not for sale.

When it comes to international car show the name of Detroit comes first. The city has a rich history of organizing successful auto exhibitions. The first auto show was held in 1907 at Detroit, North America. The show was a hit. Since then Detroit did not have to look back. Gradually the venue shifted from Riversdale Park to the city’s business precinct, Metro Detroit area.

Paris is the host of the first car show in the world. Paris Auto Show started way back in 1898. Since then Paris has witnessed the debut of several car models. Since 1988 Paris international motor show took the name Mondial de l’Automobile. Before that it was known as Salon de l’Auto.

Well-known International Auto shows

Although you will find two types of auto shows – national and international, we will talk about international auto shows here. We have watched the 2008 Paris Motor Show ended recently. The exhibition showcased a series of concept cars as well as production cars. 2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon has already caught the eye of auto dealers.

Detroit Auto Show has come up as one of the oldest and most prestigious car shows of the world. Presently it is officially known as North American International Auto Show where you will find most of the leading automobile companies of the world present with their newest car models to turn the audience into buyers from visitors. The 2009 Detroit Auto Show that is going to be held this January, 2009 has already pepped up the mood of the city. Some of the most talked about concept cars that are to be displayed at Detroit are Audi A7 Concept and Mercedes-Benz Concept BlueZERO. In addition, Toyota Auto Show [http://www.roadandtrack.com/article.asp?section_id=15&article_id=5964], Frankfirt Motor Show and Los Angeles Auto Shows are some of the names automobile enthusiasts wait for.

So, get ready to catch all the excitement as a number of international car shows are coming up your way throughout the year.

Concept Cars and Cars to Come

Concept cars are prototypes of ideal cars. They are usually showcased for public exhibition. In the fiercely competitive world of car manufacturing, manufacturers are constantly designing and making special cars to show their ability to design and manufacture highly useful cars, built ahead of the times. As the name goes, such cars are purely conceptual in nature.

Why are concept cars conceptual?

Manufacturers of such cars do not go for mass production. This is because prototype cars are non-traditional and are made of very expensive materials or materials like paper or carbon fiber, mass production of which is not feasible. The designs and layouts of such cars are too fanciful to be implemented practically.

Purpose of designing concept cars:

Concept cars are made combining the best of modern technology with the highly effective and time-tested layouts of cars from the past. Reactions to such cars enable automobile companies feel the pulse of the market. The fanciness of the cars set the pace for future designs. Manufacturers come to know whether a car is acceptable or requires a few modifications before going to production. Cars which evince little interest are usually destroyed. Those which catch the imagination of the public are preserved as a strategy to expand the list of company patents.

Toyota Motor Corp. showcased 7 Toyota concept cars at the 39th Tokyo Motor Show. The cars unveiled by the company feature several groundbreaking and futuristic technologies. Among the concept cars showcased are the Fine-X and i-swing. While the former is a personal mobility vehicle the latter is a brand new fuel cell hybrid vehicle. The company has also showcased a prototype car, which has headlights that change intensity of light from dull to bright. The change in color reflects feeling of the driver, whether is happy, sad, or angry.

Among the 2009 concept cars Vision GLK Bluetec, the GLK compact crossover and Vision GLK Freeside are expected to be popular among the mass. Cheverolet will be launching the Chevrolet Camaro Convertile. Audi will introduce six new models in next three years. Audi Q7 SUV is the first of the six models. Audi r8 will make debut later this year. Other models are Audi A4, Audi A5, and Audi Q5. The last of the models which is shrouded in mystery is likely to be out after 2 years. To make its aging models come off age, Jaguar’s S type line-up is being replaced by Jaguar XF in 2009.

Concept Cars From The 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show

Every year automakers use auto shows around the world to showcase solid production models, innovations, and concept cars. The concept cars usually receive more news than everything else at these shows combined, and they should. After all, concepts showcase technological breakthroughs and design cues that will ultimately trickle down to the production vehicles of the brands that build them. In that spirit, here are a few of the top concepts coming out of the Frankfurt Motor Show this year.

The big concept from Jaguar this year is an Austin Powers (James Bond if you don’t know who he is) type of car that actually includes a power boost button. Jaguar has been reinvigorating its sedans with the help of chief designer Ian Callum. His latest proposal is the C-X16, a sleek, compact, two-seat sports car with a lightweight body, six-cylinder engine and a hybrid system that uses a boost button to vault the car around slowpokes on the highway. Where are the oil slick and machine gun mounts?

The Mercedes F125 is a big sedan with a sports car stance. That is always a bonus, but according to experts, its fuel-cell/plug-in hybrid power system could be prohibitively expensive, so this one will mostly likely stay a concept.

The Land Rover DC 100 is a redesign of the African safari sized Defender. The Defender has been essentially untouched since 1990 and Land Rover is using this concept and others to find out if there is a need for the redesign in the eyes of the public.

Volvo Concept You is a big sedan with wooden floors, suit fabric on the seats, and a sound system that uses fresh air from outside the car to power the subwoofers. With a few practical refinements, this could be Volvo’s answer to its dwindling marketshare.

Audi Urban Concept lets you jump right in, literally. There are no doors, you get in through the roof area. The Urban Concept only weighs 1,058 pounds and is purely electric. It could be a create short range commuter and is a lot hotter looking than a Smart Fortwo.

Each of these could be fun cars to drive, but only two (personal opinion) will probably make it all the way to production: the Jaguar and the Land Rover. The Mercedes would probably be too expensive even for high-end buyers, the Volvo is probably not conservative enough to appeal to the company’s standard demographic, and the lack of doors could prove unnerving for Audi buyers. Of course, concept cars are rarely built to go into real production. Rather, they are exercises in design and engineering, allowing designers to stretch the limits of their creativity without the burden of practical implications.