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Introductory Report
Tomorrow, on March 28th, the 2009 AMI begins. Fortunately it takes place, in contrast to the famous show at Tokyo - but recession has also affected the Leipzig motor show. Many car makers cancelled their attendance. Amongst them reputable houses such as Volvo, Chrysler, FIAT, Alfa Romeo, Lancia and SEAT. It also didn't come as a surprise that SAAB was missing, because of the serious economical trouble they are in. That BMW isn't there, on the other hand, is nothing but embarrassing!

Especially because the company produces the 3- and the 1-series at a facility directly adjacent to the exhibition ground. Another direct competitor that also manufacturers cars in town, Porsche, was there - like Audi and Mercedes-Benz. And even Lexus from Japan present themselves on a small stand! So many cars make their Germany debut on the AMI, however, the range of real newnesses is rather small.

Though there aren't no real world debuts of new models, some very interesting new versions are presented at the exhibition. Audi are showcasing the TT RS Roadster for the first time, for example. Volkswagen celebrate the revival of a traditional Golf model: The GTD. We adapt our comprehensive coverage and will focus on the most remarkable cars and newnesses this time. And, since it's a tradition, we're also trying to make a gallery with artistically taken details as desktop backgrounds.



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