Having attended many of these nights, I reckon Frankfurt 2015 will bear comparison with the best, thanks to the remarkable depth and variety of new metal.
From a British perspective Bentley revealed the production Bentayga - its first-ever SUV - and four years in the making. Seen in a million pre-show pics, the £160k Bentayga looks all the more desirable, up-market and gorgeous in the metal.
I sat in the rear cabin, luxuriated in the hand-stitched leather and generally got a feel for what the most expensive SUV money-can-buy will offer when the first customer takes delivery next January.
From what I could gather at the event the first Bentayga customer will be in the UK. But who and why, I couldn’t get to the bottom of.
A handy chat with a couple of contacts wheedled out some interesting snippets on a subject that hopefully will interest Autocar readers. More to follow on that.
Then Porsche smashed it out of the park with the Mission E, a concept for a Tesla-fighting all-electric four-seat sports saloon.
Unusually, the Mission E was a genuine surprise, appearing in public just a few minutes after a taster pic and story went live online.
The elements of 911 styling, stretched proportions and ground-hugging ride height look like a winner. And given Porsche’s bullet-proof ability to rise to any engineering challenge, I expect the Mission E to set new standards for electric car driveability.
Frustratingly, the Mission E and its engineering team weren’t lined-up at the end of the event, so more details will have to wait until tomorrow.
A new Bugatti - the Vision Gran Turismo concept - made a dramatic entrance. Be-winged, be-spoilered and looking generally jaw-droppingly awesome, it drew an immense crowd.Luckily I sat near enough as it re-appeared on stage to grab a few seconds of video before the crowd closed in.
So three amazing new cars – plus a revised Porsche 911, new Audi A4, new VW Tiguan, Seat Leon Cross Sport SUV concept, new Skoda Superb Combi, Audi e-Tron Quattro concept, VW Transporter special edition and new Ducati Monster.
Conservatively, I’d say that lot adds up to at least £5billion in development and investment costs, possibly closer to £10billion. All from one company on one night.