The 63rd edition of the Frankfurt Motor Show opened its doors to members of the press this morning. Inside the buildings and around the fairgrounds, the recurring theme is electric – or, at the very least, plug in hybrid – mobility. BMW is debuting the plug-in i8, Volkswagen is launching two production-bound electric vehicles, Peugeot is showcasing its HybridAir and Hybrid FE cars and Audi’s sport quattro likely previews a regular-production gasoline-electric hybrid sports car.
Several participants are bucking the trend and displaying vintage vehicles inside and around the show. Interestingly, one of the main attractions at Bridgestone is a 1960s split-window Volkswagen Bus with a large flat-screen television mounted in the passenger compartment. The bus appears to be like-new from ten feet away but a closer look reveals rusty hinges and a low-quality respray of the original colors. The interior is mostly original and fairly well-preserved.
Stay tuned for more images live from the show floor in Frankfurt later today and tomorrow.