Mazda 3 Fastback (c) Mazda

Friday Focus: Hyundai, Mazda, Suzuki at 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show

In a little over a month’s time, the world’s major automotive manufacturer’s will assemble in Germany for the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Starting on the 10th September 2013, Mazda, Suzuki and Hyundai are three of those big players that will be in attendance – here’s what the trio of manufacturers have line up for the last major European Motor Show of the year.

Hyundai i10 city car (c) Hyundai

Hyundai

One of Hyundai’s most important vehicles will be making its world debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show: the new Hyundai i10 city car.

Details and pictures have already been released, with images that show a squat, stout but stylish looking city car. And there are plenty of neat features, too.

The new car is 8cm longer, 6.5cm wider and 5cm lower than its predecessor, meaning the new Hyundai i10 delivers the best legroom and cargo capacity in its class – the boot is 10% bigger than before at 252 litres with all seats in place.

The new Hyundai i10 city car’s engine line-up is yet to be outlined, so expect more information closer to the car’s debut in Germany next month.

It’s highly likely that the new car will be powered by an updated version of the current i10’s 1.0- and 1.2-litre petrol engines, tweaked to deliver improved fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions.

Hyundai i10 city car (c) Hyundai

Alongside the extra space and fuel economy, the new Hyundai i10 will also deliver even greater quality – offering sophisticated design, refined qualities and a quiet cabin – meaning excellent value for money.

Prices are expected to be released following the show, but the entry-level model should cost somewhere in the region of £8,500.

Don’t rule out seeing a few other debuts from the Hyundai brand either, including an updated versions of its HND-9 and HCD-14 concept cars.

Mazda 3 Fastback (c) Mazda

Mazda

Chief among the Mazda brand’s show stars will be the new Mazda 3 hatchback and Mazda 3 Fastback models.

The new mid-size family car – which will be offered in conventional five-door hatchback guise and, for the first time, a larger, more practical Fastback version – marks Mazda’s third model family in the Skyactiv range.

It’ll sit alongside the familiar but no-less impressive Mazda CX5 crossover, as well as the Mazda 3’s bigger brother, the Mazda 6 saloon and estate variants.

The petrol engine line-up will range from 100hp 1.5-litre engine to 120hp and 165hp variants of Mazda 2.0-litre unit.

As for turbodiesels, there’ll be a super-frugal 150hp 2.2-litre motor that returns an amazing 72.4mpg combined with 104g/km CO2 emissions in the Fastback model. Similar efficiency is expected in the regular hatch.

Mazda 3 hatchback and Mazda 3 Fastback (c) Mazda

It’ll boast the same great driving dynamics and safety standards as Mazda’s other Skyactiv models, too, so great levels of fun and peace of mind is assured.

Alongside the trip of Skyactiv models on Mazda’s show stand could be another very special concept to replace the now deceased RX8 sports car. it’s no secret Mazda has been exploring rotary engines for use in future products, so a sporty coupe to rival the likes of BMW and Audi could be on the cards.

If it doesn’t debut at Frankfurt 2013, we’ll keep our hopes up for Mazda’s home motor show in Tokyo in November this year.

Suzuki iV-4 compact off-roader (c) Suzuki

Suzuki

Frankfurt 2013 is a very important show for Suzuki. Following up on the momentum gained with its new Suzuki SX4 S-Cross crossover it will be showing a smaller SUV, called the iV-4 concept.

It’s a design study for a smaller Suzuki crossover to rival the likes of the Nissan Juke and a preview to what smaller Suzuki 4x4s may look like in the future. And even the initial shadowy teaser shots look good.

It boasts an angular, chunky body, taut propositions and a high-riding stance that should give a great view of the road.

If it were to get the green light for production, it could use the 1.6-litre petrol and turbodiesel engines from the larger SX4 S-Cross, so with viable engines and gearboxes available for the project, could we be looking at the next Suzuki Grand Vitara? Quite possibly.

Alongside the Suzuki iV-4 concept, the firm will also be putting its weight behind the Suzuki Swift supermini, showcasing the 2013 model range updates – including the addition of two new models.

Suzuki Swift Sport 5dr (c) Suzuki

The Suzuki Swift Sport five-door and the Suzuki Swift 4×4 will both be on the Japanese firm’s show stand, proving the versatility and appeal of the firm’s humble but amazingly capable little supermini.

We’ll bring you more information and updates of what you can expect to see from Hyundai, Mazda and Suzuki at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show closer to the time, but in the meantime, we want to hear what you’re looking forward to seeing from the three brands.

Like the look of the smart new Hyundai i10 city car? Maybe the brace of all-new Mazda 3 models could give you another option when buying your next car? or what about the interest-piquing Suzuki iV-4 concept – do you like the square-set but svelte looks?

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