INTO THE LIGHT
September is a month of contrasts for me. It’s not Spring yet, not Winter anymore, it’s something in between. I spend most September months preparing for the coming season or shaking off bad food habits from Winter.
Except on every odd year, when the German industrial city of Frankfurt hosts the IAA Cars. Yes, it is Frankfurt Motor Show time again, where thousands of journalists from around the globe descend on the hallowed halls of the Messe Frankfurt, to catch a glimpse of what the future holds for the automobile. I’m always excited to attend. It is inspiring.
This year I head off to Frankfurt with a measure of trepidation too, owing to what happened in 2015, when Dieselgate broke the day after the world’s media departed Frankfurt, nearly breaking the establishment in the process, and dumping Volkswagen in one of the biggest scandals to ever hit the motor industry.
Although the Dieselgate fiasco has all but been dealt with, there seems to be another storm brewing that relates to possible collusion between the big four German carmakers around emissions and other issues related to research and development, and I fear that the problems may invade the halls at the Frankfurt show again this year, sending the industry into another spiral of disbelief, denial, and despair.
Whether they do, or not, Driven will monitor the events as they unfold and, who knows, we may have a scoop or two in the October edition of South Africa’s fastest growing business and lifestyle motoring magazine.