2011 Frankfurt Preview: The Budget Cars

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Text: Vince Pornelos / Photos: Manufacturer Press | posted August 22, 2011 10:38

What to expect at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

The Frankfurt auto show is not just about ultra luxurious cars and out-of-this-world concepts, as many manufacturers take to the show's floor with very affordable cars that will definitely be in home garages around the world.


Kia Rio 3-door


Alongside the Kia 4-door sports sedan concept will be the Euroean market Kia Rio. The Rio has already made its debut at Geneva last March, so at Frankfurt, Kia will be revealing the 3-door hatchback version to compete with cars like the Ford Fiesta.

The new 3-door version also shares the platform with the Hyundai Accent along with its 1.4 liter engine.


VW Up!


If there's one thing we can be sure of, this new car from VW is certainly peppy in name. The all new Volkswagen up! has materialized from the concept that they showed us a few years back.

The up! is an entirely new design that offers maximum space from minimal real estate, making it ideal for driving and maneuvering in cities around the world. VW is launching three versions for different budgets and needs: take up! is the entry-level car, move up! the comfort-oriented model and high up! the top version.

Making its debut in the up! is a new generation of three-cylinder petrol engines, with outputs of 60 PS and 75 PS, along with BlueMotion Technology (with Stop/Start) that can reduce combined consumption to just 23.8 kilometers per liter.

An important new safety technology in the up! is the optional City Emergency Braking, a system that automatically uses the brakes to intervene if a collision is imminent at slower city speeds.


Suzuki Swift Sport


Another car that will make its world debut is the next generation of the Swift Sport from Suzuki. The new, more aggressively designed Swift Sport features features a new 1.6 liter engine that Suzuki has developed just for this model, and is matched with a 6-speed manual transmission. The suspension has been beefed up for performance oriented handling with stiffer struts (with internal rebound springs) and a new rear suspension design.