Climate change, trade woes reshape Frankfurt Auto Show
On top of that comes continuing uncertainty over the terms of Britain's departure from the EU, currently slated for Oct. 31. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he is willing to leave without a divorce deal that would smooth the transition to new trading arrangements. A no-deal Brexit could disrupt business between Britain and continental Europe by imposing new tariffs and border checks, and the auto industry's supply chains are particularly vulnerable to such chaos.
In pic: A BMW M Next electric sports car stands at the 2019 IAA Frankfurt Auto Show in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
Shifting marketing strategies
Still, there will be a strong presence, especially by the German home team. Daimler's Mercedes is putting on four "experience rooms" to emphasize the technology, comfort and connectivity of its vehicles, in addition to the usual long rows of vehicles. The largest contingent is from China with 79 exhibitors.
In pic: German Chancellor Angela Merkel gets out of a transparent display showing autonomous vehicle components at the ZF Friedrichshafen AG stand during Frankfurt Auto Show.