It’s September in an odd year, which means it’s time for the
Internationale Automobil Ausstellung in Frankfurt, Germany. Just as traditional as the IAA itself, is the Volkswagen Group Night
on the first night of the show. However, it’s a little different this time. At the traditional Volkswagen Group Night, it’s all about the new
ID.3. A car so important that Volkswagen calls it the third chapter… in their history, after the Bug and the Golf. They’ve even given it
a new logo. Or rather, an updated version of the current badge. It’s supposed to be the the electric car for the masses, with a price tag below
€30.000. A big promise. My colleague Frank already did a walkaround, so I won’t spend too much time on it.
Let’s find out what Volkswagen has to offer. As of 2019, the Volkswagen Group has two Spanish daughters. One is
Seat, and the other is Cupra. Back in the day, Cupra was part of… Seat, being their performance label. Now however, it’s a standalone
brand. And they’re putting a lot of effort in electrification. This is the Tavascan Concept. A fully electric SUV on the MEB-platform.
It’s powered by two electric motors producing 306 horsepower. All fun and games of course, but more importantly is that it has a 77 kWh battery
pack. With that, it should do 450 km on a single charge according to WLTP. They haven’t mentioned any concrete production plans yet, but it’s clear
that they’re aiming for a electrical brand which focuses on sporty cars. A fully electric SUV with super performance would fit right in
that range. We should expect more from this. A lot less exciting but a lot more realistic is what Seat exhibits on the show.
This is the Tarraco FRe, a plug-in hybrid version of the existing SUV. It’s powered by a 4-cylinder 1.4-litre TSI, supported by a 116 horsepower
electric motor. Together, they produce 245 horsepower. With that, this Tarraco produces GTI-like times. 7,6 seconds from 0-100
km/h. In this case, thinking about the environment is very important. It has a 13 kWh-battery pack, and with that it should be able to do
50 km on a single charge. According to Seat that is. It’ll arrive at dealerships in the coming year, but we don’t know the
prices yet. It’s clear that Seat too is aiming for electrification. Lamborghini is electrificating as well, in their own way that is.
This is the Lamborghini Sian. Sian means lightning in Bolognese dialect. So what has been electrified? Well, not a lot. It has a 34 horsepower
electric motor, which gets its juice from a supercapacitator. Luckily, it still has a traditional combustion engine. A 6.5-litre V12 to be
exact. It’s the engine from the Aventador SVJ, only with 15 additional horses. That means it produces 785 horsepower. If you add the power of the
electric motor, you get a system output of 812 horsepower. That could be a poke at Ferrari, but I wouldn’t know.
I do know that it’s incredibly, crazily quick. It does 0-100 km/h in 2,8 seconds, flat out it’ll do more than 350 km/h
and a styling of… Well… It’s radical isn’t it? The “63” on the rear spoiler refers to the year that Lamborghini became
a standalone brand. It also refers to the amount of Sian’s that’ll be built, and unsurprisingly, they’re all sold out. If you think that’s too bad
because you like the way it looks, there’s good news. The Sian also shows what design direction Lamborghini is moving
towards. On Porsche’s stand, we can sniff up some good old petrol.
Even though everything is built around the Taycan, colleague Roy already did an extensive walkaround of that.
That means I can focus on smaller news on the show. The return of the Porsche Macan Turbo to be exact, and that’s kind
of a weird story. The Taycan is named Turbo, but it doesn’t have… a turbo, whilst this Macan Turbo has two turbo’s. Also, the engine has
been downsized. It’s gone from a 3.6-litre to a 2.9-litre. It’s the same engine as found in the Audi RS5 and Porsche Panamera.
It’s good for 450 horsepower and an optional top speed of 270 km/h. It looks very good, it has four exhaust pipes, not of this time anymore
but incredibly nice to have anyway. And there’s more news on Porsche’s stand. The 911 Carrera 4,
we hadn’t seen that one yet. We’ve already seen the Carrera S, a Carrera 4S and a regular Carrera, but not the regular 4.
Now it’s here though. With that, it’s the end of the Volkswagen Group Night on the
pre-night of the IAA. It’s a short walkaround, and that’s not because… a lack of news, but because all of the big news was already presented. So
I’ll be going to sleep. I’ll meet Frank on the show tomorrow for more news. I’m awake again and I’ve found my colleague Frank, and we’re
at the IAA again. Or rather, not exactly. We’re at Kia’s headquarters, who are not on the IAA Motorshow. However, their headquarters
is precisely next to the IAA. And there’s something new to show us, because here’s the Kia XCeed PHEV.
– Very easy isn’t it, taking part in a show which you’re not taking part in? This PHEV will be launched in the C-segment, which is very
important for Kia. They’re electrificating. In this case, it’s plug-in hybrid. It’ll be available on the XCeed
and the Sportswagon. It’s powered by a 1.6-litre producing a system output… of 141 horsepower, with 60 horses coming from the electric motor.
It has a double clutch automatic gearbox as standard and it’ll go… 60 km on a single charge. Welcome to the actual Frankfurt Motor Show 2019, and I come to you
from a particularly claustrophobic place. This is the third seating row from a relatively remarkable car.
The new Mercedes-Benz GLB. And where the GLA is a crossover, some sort of heightened hatchback,
the GLB is a true SUV. Only smaller. It’s positioned beneath the GLC, built on the platform of the A-Class.
Because that platform is front-wheel drive and the engine is… transversely mounted, there’s a lot of space to play with. It almost fits
600 litres of luggage space, which is more than the GLC. Also, you’re able to get a third seating row. It’s a seven-seater!
However, it’s purely a emergency solution. Mercedes themselves say that it’s okay when you’re 1.68 m.
tall. I’m 1.80 myself, so I’m not the targetted audience. I do have to say, I’m really cramped back here. I can barely fit
my legs in here, and the second row is already the furthest forward. So maybe if you’re a soccer mom who has to ferry about small children
a lot, that’d be alright. Everyone taller than 1.68 will be in trouble. Even if you’re not that tall already, you’ll be in trouble I suspect.
On the other hand, you’re able to fit seven people in here. It’ll be launched in a short time with petrol and diesel engines,
and there’s going to be a 35 AMG-version as well. Racing with the seven of you! I sure hope you won’t get your growth spurt when you’re back there,
because you won’t ever get out anymore. This is the Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 I mentioned earlier. 306 horsepower
from the same turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder. Why you would want more than a 250, I don’t know.
It’s possible though. It does 0-100 km/h in 5,2 seconds… and I’ve asked around. You can get this with a third seating row. You have
to be shorter than 1.68 m. though, and you should have a tough stomach. At the Smart-stand, you can enjoy the facelift of the ForTwo and
ForFour. Both cars have been around since 2014, so it’s actually the… second facelift already. The rear lights are different, the nose is different,
but the most important news was already known. They’re fully… electric from now on. Not a strange move, because when Mercedes was
thinking about making an electric city car in the seventies, they were scheduled to become fully electric. So now they’re back
at the beginning. Depending on the trim level, both cars will get around 135 km
on a single charge. True city cars. And with that, it’s the end of the first report of the motorshow.
We’re going to take a break now, because there are a lot of people… at the Mercedes-stand for the EQ S Concept. Also, Frank has been
saying he knows everything about the Land Rover Defender for days now. We’re starting with that in the next video, stay tuned!
– Why are you taller than me all of a sudden?