World's Automakers Debut Electric Cars in Frankfurt, Germany

From Mercedes to Tata, electric cars reign at 2009 IAA in Frankfurt.

Published: 15-Sep-2009

FRANKFURT — Sales have plunged, General Motors Co. has emerged from bankruptcy and Chrysler has been taken over by Italy's Fiat. The past year's turbulence will be reflected this week in a smaller U.S. presence at the Frankfurt Auto Show — along with the new electric vehicles many hope will secure the auto industry's post-recession comeback.

GM's Cadillac brand won't have a presence in the sprawling Frankfurt Messe exhibition center when the show opens to the news media on Tuesday, and Chrysler's Dodge and Jeep have moved to the Fiat SpA stand.

And the GM's European brands, Opel and Saab, will only serve to remind that GM is selling them. Other notable absences include Mitsubishi, Honda and Nissan's Infiniti, which are instead focusing on the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show.

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