Thursday, 19 September 2013
The Frankfurt Car Show
As things go, it's a five-star experience. You see the future, the trends, the sales jazz, and the crap with cars.
So I walked way with five basic observations.
First, as always....car companies hire up these model gals....with fancy uniforms to make the introduction to everyone.
The gal is always scantily dressed, and looking like some model off the ramp. I'm often shocked that guys stand stand there and ask stupid questions, and likely get stupid answers from the model gal.
The major companies all pay for a special fashion designer to really hype up the gals...fancy shoes, fancy lipstick, and lots of flesh. Whoever started this trend (years ago).....really aren't helping much when it comes to selling the new cars. But, it's always interesting to see how far BMW, Chevy, or Honda will go.....to demonstrate their hottest models.
Every single brand in the eight different halls.....just had this lip-up-platform, and you obviously noticed it without any warning. The Chevy guys? Well....sadly, they all had "vorsicht stufe!".....which means "warning".
Yep, the only company in the whole complex....that had to put up a warning sign. Go figure.
I stood there for a good three minutes, walking the distance, and just wandering if this was some gimmick. Course, the positive is that in a accident....you got tons of open space to absorb the crash.
But how would you know the right distance to turn or get ahead of things at the curve?
The batteries are under the driver, and the door flips up....if you can imagine that part. If you lived in a city.....it might be a positive. But it's hard to say if it'd sell well.
Then I come to the Telsa folks. They had a small display at the show....just three cars, and maybe eight 'talkers'.
I'm of the mind that we are now beyond a trend, and that battery-powered cars will be the norm over the next decade....at least in Germany. I'd make a humble guess and say by 2023 at least twenty percent of all car owners.....will have a battery car.
Telsa? Well.....it's a bunch of engineer guys who have flipped the establishment and challenged design.
The picture? This is the back of a Telsa....where you'd throw groceries or two punk kids. The show-gals were quick to forbid adults from sitting in the little area (warning stickers that the seats would only hold a certain weight).
Somehow, these battery charge-up stations, and increasing gas cost situations....will make this battery deal seem acceptable.
Course, where all this electrical power will come from? That's a curious question.
That was my four-hour trip for yesterday.....cars of the future, and trends yet to come.