What do fleet managers need to know about the Frankfurt Motor Show?

Dubbed the Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA) in its mother tongue, the Frankfurt Motor Show kicked off this week and is expected to provide a whole host of news for fleet managers to digest. 

Nearly 900,000 visitors packed the halls last time the event was held.

From green cars to luxury automobiles and the latest performance machinery, there's a vehicle to whet any appetite at this year's event. While exhibitors have over a week to slowly drip feed the public and salivating media with their latest creations, some have already been making headlines. 

With nearly 900,000 visitors recorded in 2013, this year's event is shaping up to be one of the biggest on the automotive calendar. Here are a few stories that caught our eye:

Audi tackles green cars

If there are two things people love about modern motoring, it's lower fuel consumption and crossover SUVs. Audi has combined these two traits into a vehicle that has already taken the show by storm. 

The German Marque's Q6 e-tron Quattro is set to hit the roads in 2018, with the all-electric vehicle further proof the future will be defined by green cars. At this stage, Audi is predicting a range of almost 500 kilometres, a figure that will put it on par with current Tesla models. 

It won't be a slouch either, with the company estimating performance figures just shy of 500 horsepower. 

The Frankfurt Motor Show concludes next week. The historic city of Frankfurt will be overwhelmed by technology this week.

The end of manual transmissions?

A relic of a bygone era, the manual transmission is still held in high esteem by those who see driving as a hobby as well as a necessity. However, it's value to certain sectors of the automotive fan base has seemingly been lost on Audi. 

While it will mean little to most people, the revelation that the sports-oriented version of the A4 sedan, the S4, will not be sold with the option of a manual transmission is a line in the sand from the company. 

It's a change that could have wider repercussions throughout the rest of the industry, signalling the end of an time where sports cars were more about driver engagement rather than technology. 

Bugatti brings video games to life

Now for something a little more lighthearted. Not content with providing one of the fastest cars ever built with the Veyron, the company has turned a car it commissioned for popular video game series Gran Turismo into a real life creation. 

The Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo looks just how you'd expect a car designed with video gaming in mind to look, all aggressive lines and sneering features. Take a look below.