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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