The Giulia is a crucial new car for Alfa Romeo
To-end versions of the Alfa Romeo Giulia receive a Ferrari-developed V6 engine
The new Renault Megane range is crowned by a 202bhp GT model
The new Megane is due to be priced from around £17,000
Honda's Project 2&4 previews a future Ariel Atom rival
The Project 2&4 is powered by a 212bhp MotoGP engine
Peugeot's Fractal concept previews the firm's eVADER sound technology
The concept is officially a coupé but also features a removable roof
Mercedes-Benz's Concept IAA showcases aerodynamic efficiency
The Concept IAA also points towards the styling of the 2017 CLS
A production version of Porsche's Mission E concept has been confirmed
The Mission E gets over 600bhp and has an electric range of over 300 miiles
Citroën's Cactus M is inspired by the classic Mehari
The Cactus M is a permanent open-top car
Nissan's Gripz concept car previews a future Zed-badged SUV
The Gripz is shorter and wider than the Juke
Here's our pick of the best cars from the Frankfurt motor show.
Alfa Romeo Giulia - Andrew Frankel
Easy choice really: visually at least this car is pitch perfect in both proportion and detail, a seemingly better than worthy successor to the fabled original Giulia. It seems also to have the right range of powertrains to be successful both here and, crucially, on its return to the US. But too many Alfas have looked better than they drove: this car’s most important test is yet to be passed.
Renault Megane - Jim Holder
The design led reboot of Renault is almost complete, and the reborn Megane added quality and technology to a more grown up but still appealing shape. It may be an uphill struggle selling against Golf et al - but it deserves success.
Honda Project 2&4 - Mark Tisshaw
The Project 2&4’s designer Martin Petersson is confident Honda will build his extraordinary creation if enough people react positively and write nice things. Honda, if you’re reading this: make it, make it now, and we’ll see the finished version in time for the 2017 Frankfurt motor show. Or sooner if you’d be so kind. Thank you.
Peugeot Fractal - Tom Webster
The Fractal was tucked away in a corner of the Peugeot stand, but it arguably deserved a more prominent position. It previews the look of the company’s future interiors, and is all wrapped up in a funky looking electric car that boasts 335bhp and a 0-62mph time of 6.8sec. A range of 280 miles is decent, too.
Mercedes-Benz Concept IAA - Darren Moss
Efficiency is big news at the moment, so extracting every ounce of aerodynamic efficiency from a new car is absolutely vital. Learning, then, how Merc's latest concept can deploy shutters, extending wings and louvres to reach a drag coefficient of just 0.19 is fascinating. If the IAA's styling really does point towards the next CLS, due in 2017, then that's a car to be looking forward to.
Porsche Mission E - Julian Rendell
Given Porsche’s track record in brilliantly-engineered driver’s cars, the Mission E four-seater looks ready to set new performance standards for electric cars. And it looks fabulous and has a claimed range of 300 miles. We can only see a winner.
Citroen Cactus M - Nigel Donnelly
I'm a little too well-upholstered and too town-based to get excited by the idea of a low-slung supercar. I like something comfortable, practical but still interesting and am just about old enough to consider owning a dog. To that end, I really like the look of the C4 Cactus M. The Tonka-toy toughness, four-seat practicality and cartoon looks really appeal to me. If the price, and the colour, was right, I think a few would find homes.
Nissan Gripz - Matt Burt
The star turn for me is the Nissan Gripz, the sports crossover that’s essentially a modern take on a rally-spec Datsun 240Z, which instantly has me hooked. I’m quite taken by its proportions, although I’m less smitten by the name. I think the car has a pleasing purity and hope that its maker feels there’s a business case for putting it into production.
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