As the latest show came to an end it’s a bit of a bittersweet moment. While we’ve had a lot of fun discussing the new models, this gives us a chance to reflect on what we’ve learned. The Frankfurt Motor Show gave us a ton of new models to admire and certainly a great deal of excellent new technologies that will make their way to the roads in the future. Let’s take a look at a few of the excellent items that were on display during this show.
More Range from BMW
While many automakers have taken aim at Tesla for the range desired, BMW appears to finally have something that will compete with the Model S. The new i Vision Dynamics concept is said to have 373 miles of EV range to be nearly sixty more miles on a single charge than what Tesla can offer.
Kia Just Got Sexy
We may not see the wagon from Kia in the US, but the Kia Proceed Concept is a model that showed off and showed up with a look that certainly isn’t anything like your grandparents’ station wagon. Kia is preparing to continue to be a brand that offers more of the quality and attractive models that we want to see on the roads over the next several years.
This new car from the Japanese automaker is said to make more than 1,000 horsepower from an EV powertrain and be able to reach sixty mph faster than any other on the market. As an attractive model that came to the show, it will be interesting to see if this car can back up the claim and also to see how fast it will be when it gets its turn at Nurburgring.
Autonomy is More Important Than Ever
Some cars showed up with futuristic capabilities to offer autonomous driving while other concepts such as the Smart concept offered no pedals or steering wheel to show it’s ready to be autonomous now. This led to more discussions about Car Sharing services which should continue to be a trend over the next several years.
We Are Going to Miss Out
At least initially, there are some seriously impressive models that were on display in Frankfurt that will offer a dynamic drive but won’t make their way to the US. The Audi RS4 Avant is one of those models that we’ll have to hope Audi chooses to adjust to meet the requirements to be offered in the US.
Nearly every model on display at the show had some form of hybrid, plug-in or EV powertrain to show us what the future will hold. While this is still only a small segment of the sales in the global marketplace, there could be more electrics than ever in the upcoming years with so many brands stating all their models will have some EV choice in the future.
Sports Cars and Supercars Still have a Place
This show gave us a look at some of the most impressive sports cars that will enter the market and be offered in limited quantities for high prices over the next few years. This allows us to know that the performance world is alive and still highly profitable to be the place where we dream to find the car we want to drive on the track.
The Mercedes-AMG hypercar is one that brings in the power with more than 1,000 horsepower and it will be limited to 275 units that will sell for a little over $2.7 million each. This car is one that has the advanced technology you want to experience, but you will have to pay the high price expected in the hypercar market.
Toned Down Design
Mercedes purposely toned down the design of the Project One to focus on the driving aspects and keep it looking like a model you would expect to find from this automaker. This was a point of contention for some that attended the show but a point of admiration for others making this design a polarizing one indeed.
Honda brought a car that’s retro and simple in the Urban EV Concept that is cute, small, and offers a throwback feel with the square shape and pair of bench seats inside. This model is going to make it to market in 2019 and we certainly hope it does so in the same form it came to the show in for our enjoyment.
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