Frankfurt Motor Show 2013 preview: Our top company car picks

  • We pick the top company cars to watch out for
  • Find out what you could be driving in a few years time
  • This year set to be one of the busiest for new cars

Frankfurt Motor Show is one of the oldest and largest motor shows in the automotive calendar. It offers the perfect opportunity to gain a glimpse of what could be appearing on your company car choice list in the next couple of years.

With less than a week till the show kicks off, we’ve put together a list of the company car highlights set to be unveiled at the event.

We will be there providing live coverage as the show unfolds so make sure you keep coming back to Parkers for all the latest on all the new unveilings.

Kia Optima

Kia Optima

A key fleet car for the Korean manufacturer, the face-lifted 2014 Optima made its first appearance at this year’s New York Motor Show and sets itself up for its European debut at Frankfurt.

Taking design cues from the recently launched Proceed, according to Kia, the new Optima will include the latest technology and will be available with a mixture of cleaner petrol and diesel engines.

Read our full review of the current generation Kia Optima here



Mazda's 3 has been a hugely successful car for the Japenese manufacturer, accounting for a third of overall sales globally.  

The next generation gets the new Mazda family look mirroring the new CX-5 and Mazda6 and will come with a choice of cleaner petrol and diesel engines accompanied by the brands weight reducing SkyActiv technology.

Click here to read our full pre-review of the Mazda3

Nissan X-Trail

Nissan X-Trail

Nissan is keeping the world premiere of the new X-Trail firmly under wraps before the big unveil at this year’s show, with only the teaser image above to currently view.  

Likely to be the only seven-seater available in the Nissan range, the new X-Trail is expected to introduce a raft of new technology alongside a striking new design.

Nissan has a long history with 4x4s and there is high expectations for the next generation.

Read our full review of the current generation Nissan X-Trail here

Electric Focus

Focus Electrc

One of the best-selling cars, the Ford Focus is preparing to go greener with the launch of an all-electric version.

Production has already started in Germany and the zero-emission Focus Electric features an electric motor and lithium-ion battery powertrain that produces 144bhp and achieves a top speed of 84mph. Ford claims a full charge of the Focus Electric battery will deliver a 100-mile range.

Read our full review of the current generation Ford Focus here

S-Class Plug-in


The third hybrid model in the S-Class range, the S500 Plug-in Hybrid will make its first public appearance at this year’s show and is due to arrive in the UK in autumn 2014.

Mercedes-Benz claims that the new S-Class hybrid will be able to achieve 94.2mpg and travel up to 18 miles on battery mode using a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engine capable of getting from 0-62 in 5.5 seconds with a top speed of 155mph.

Read our full review of the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class range here


Volkswagen e-Golf

Volkswagen will be presenting two new electric cars at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the e-up and e-Golf.

The zero-emission Golf is driven by an 114bhp electric motor and has a range of 118 miles on a full charge. Standard equipment is expected to be generous, highlights include automatic climate control, radio-navigation system and LED headlights.

Read our full review of the current generation Volkswagen Golf here

Peugeot 308

Peugeot 308

The new 308 hatchback will be one of the star attractions on Peugeot’s stand.

A whole 140kg lighter than the current model, the new 308 boasts impressive fuel economy and co2 emissions as low as 93g/km. A range of new technology will also feature in the new model including, automatic cruise control and full LED headlamps.

There will be a choice of five petrol and HDi diesel engines will be available when the car goes on sale in January 2014.

Click here to read our full pre-review of the Peugeot 308



BMW’s first electric car will be one of the headline acts for the German manufacturer at this year’s show.

The i3 has a range of around 80-100 miles which can be fully charged in approximately eight to 10 hours by using a household socket or four hours if you have the car's BMW i Wallbox charger unit.

The new BMW i3 is due to arrive in showrooms in November.

Click here to get the full low-down on the BMW i3.

Infiniti Q30 Concept

Infiniti Q30

Infiniti claims the new Q30 concept is a fusion of three body styles; coupe, crossover and hatchback and will target a new generation of premium car buyers.

The firm is eager to make its mark in the company car segment and the Q30 will compete with premium hatchbacks such as the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series as well as aiming to steal sales from small 4x4 'crossovers' such as the Audi Q3.

The Q30 will be built in the UK at Nissan's Sunderland factory from 2015.