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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