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, Volume 121, Issue 12, pp 8–19 | Cite as

The Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) 2019

  • Alexander Heintzel
  • Michael ReichenbachEmail author
  • Marc Ziegler
  • Robert Unseld
  • Frank Jung
In the Spotlight

This year's Frankfurt Motor Show took as its slogan "Driving Tomorrow." Despite a significant fall in the number of exhibitors and visitors, the show more than lived up to this promise. The automotive industry suppliers looked a little further into the future than the carmakers, putting on show not only electrified vehicles but also the many facets of autonomous mobility.

Do you still remember the Calibra? The sleek and stylish Opel coupé made its way into German dealerships in 1990 and, with a drag factor of 0.26 C d, was crowned the king of aerodynamics. Now Opel has broken its own record - with a station wagon. During the latest makeover of the company's compact Astra model, the developers focused in particular on the car's aerodynamic properties. "We didn't want to simply give it a facelift. We were aiming to create real added value. By reducing the drag coefficient from 0.29 to 0.26 for the sedan and from 0.285 to 0.255 for the sports tourer, we've succeeded in doing just that,"...

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© Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, part of Springer Nature 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexander Heintzel
    • 1
  • Michael Reichenbach
    • 2
    Email author
  • Marc Ziegler
    • 3
  • Robert Unseld
    • 4
  • Frank Jung
    • 5
  1. 1.Springer ProfessionalWiesbadenGermany
  2. 2.ATZWiesbadenGermany
  3. 3.Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbHWiesbadenGermany
  4. 4.ATZ elektronikWiesbadenGermany
  5. 5.ATZ/MTZWiesbadenGermany

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