58th IAA/Cars – A Show of Superlatives
September is show time in Frankfurt. This year we have just seen the IAA for cars and motorcycles, the 58th such event. Almost 1,200 exhibitors from 43 countries displayed the whole width and breadth of automotive progress on 225,000 square metres of indoor and outdoor exhibition space.
The theme of this year’s exhibition, “Auto: Treffpunkt Zukunft” (“Car – Meeting-Place: The Future”) must also be understood as the industry’s programme: Car manufacturers alone offered 51 world premières, eight European and 38 German premières, not counting the numerous innovations of vehicle component suppliers, the motor manufacturers’ development partners. Apart from new production-line cars, futuristic concept cars, motorcycles and special vehicles Frankfurt showed trailers, parts and accessories, tuning products, aids for vehicle maintenance, protective clothing, traffic guidance and information systems. Tyre manufacturers with IAA stands of their own were Michelin, Continental, Dunlop and Pneumant.
The second part of the 58th IAA – the commercial vehicle side – will take place from 23rd to 30th September 2000 under the theme “Nutzfahrzeuge: Für alle auf Achse” (“Commercial Vehicles: For Everybody on the Move”) and also be held at Frankfurt/Main. The organisation will also be in the hands of the Association of the Motor Manufacturing Industry (VDA)..