What to see at the Frankfurt Motor Show: the small cars

Amid the wacky concepts and unbridled luxury models, the Frankfurt Motor Show also serves a very important purpose - as a huge showroom for day-to-day car buyers. Here, a look at some new and refreshed small car models not to be missed.

Fiat Panda
The Panda has a pedigree stretching back over 30 years, and Fiat has historically been reluctant to mess with a winning formula. Still, the new Panda is a good-looking one, with a friendlier rounded exterior and a significantly improved interior.

Ford Fiesta ECOnetic
Not to be outdone by GM-owned Opel, Ford's Fiesta got an environmental overhaul too. Using diesel power, it can manage just 3.3l/100km and emits some 89g/km.

Kia Rio three-door
The three-door Rio pretty much mirrors its five-door sibling when it comes to dimensions and performance, with that low roofline and sporty stance.

Mini Coupé
This two-seater was first previewed several years back but made its world debut this week, complete with two seats and a satisfyingly 'buggy-like' form with a striking rear end. The model will be offered with four engine choices.

Opel Agila ECOflex
The Agila has been given the Ecoflex treatment by Opel and now boasts 3 hp more output, despite lower consumption and CO 2 figures. It needs 4.8 l/100km and emits 109 g/km in terms of emissions.

Renault Twingo
Renault has followed much the same approach as Fiat, opting for evolution rather than revolution with the new Twingo. A sportier face brings the Twingo in line with the rest of Renault's fun models, lending it a more masculine look, while a new eco-efficient engine line will ensure the Twingo maintains its inner-city popularity.

Volkswagen up!
VW's new small car has been one of the stars of the show, spawning a whole range of concept models designed to show just how versatile it really is. The up! will hit showrooms in the coming months and will be sold with a turbocharged 1.0-liter engine.

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