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Frankfurt '11: Company Car preview

  • Frankfurt Motor Show begins 13th September
  • Parkers will be supplying live coverage
  • Check out our top ten company cars of the show

The 64th Frankfurt IAA is the latest event in a line of German car shows stretching back to Hotel Bristol, Berlin in 1897, where just eight vehicles were shown to the public. Now held biannually, it's held across seven huge halls. Over 850,000 visitors attended the last show in 2009 where the public was treated to exhibitions from 781 firms.

Many companies will be using Frankfurt as a springboard from which to launch their next important fleet cars, so with that in mind we've collated what we expect to be our top 10 company cars of Frankfurt 2011.

Ultra-frugal Mazda crossover

Pictured:
Mazda's economical CX-5.

What you need to know:
Mazda is to show its first car using SKYACTIV technology, the CX-5. The crossover will benefit from a high-tech engine and efficiency-boosting methods to return outstanding fuel economy and CO2 emissions, and consequently low company car tax too. The firm will also showcase a face-lifted 3.  

Four new Fords 

Pictured:
Ford's teaser shot of its new concept car.

What you need to know:
Ford will be unveiling four global products. We expect a performance Focus (likely to be the ST), an all-new design concept which may hint towards a new design direction and perhaps a facelifted Fiesta too.

Latest Honda Civic 

Pictured:
The new Civic undergoing testing, in disguise.

What you need to know:
Honda is expected to unveil the 2012 Civic. The new car promises more cabin and boot space compared to rivals the Vauxhall Astra and the Ford Focus.  

Hyundai i30 unveiled

Pictured:
A render of Hyundai's new i30.

What you need to know:
The Hyundai i30 will be revealed for the first time at this year's Frankfurt show. The latest model from the Korean firm shows which direction its design language will take going forwards.

Citroen DS5

Pictured:
First official pictures of DS5

What you need to know:
Citroen's DS5 is a diesel hybrid using the HYbrid4 platform as seen on Peugeot's 3008 and 508 RXH. Based on the C5, the new car boasts CO2 emissions of just 99g/km, making it a very attractive proposition as a company car.

New B-Class Merc, updated SLK55 AMG and new SLS roadster

Pictured:
Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG.

What you need to know:
Mercedes-Benz will unveil a new B-Class mini-MPV. Borrowing heavily from other cars in the Mercedes range, the new car has the German firm claiming it is ‘modern, sporty and classic'. It will also unveil a new ML-Class, an updated SLK55 AMG, a roadster version of the incredibly popular SLS AMG and a concept van known as the Viano Vision Pearl Concept.

Diesel hybrid crossover from Peugeot

Pictured:
Peugeot's 508 RXH Crossover.

What you need to know:
Peugeot is set to unveil the 508 RXH Crossover, which will be a luxurious crossover based on the 508 and using the firm's HYbrid4 powertrain. This means 67.2mpg and 109g/km CO2 with an expected list price of around £30,000 so company car tax should be reasonable too.

All-new SEAT Leon

Pictured:
IBe concept as shown in Paris.

What you need to know:
Seat will unveil its 2012 Leon. Likely to be based on the IBe concept shown at Paris last October, the Leon will show which direction the Spanish firm is going to take over the coming years.

Plug-in Prius and new Yaris

Pictured:
Plug-in Prius

What you need to know:
Toyota will be launching a Plug-in Prius at Frankfurt. Now that you can plug the hybrid into the mains, Toyota states 49g/km CO2 and 128.4mpg is possible. We'll also see the latest Yaris for the first time.

Astra GTC and Zafira Tourer Concept

Pictured:
Zafira Tourer Concept

What you need to know:
Vauxhall will launch the Scirocco-rivalling Astra GTC and a new Zafira Tourer Concept, along with the hot VXR version of Astra.