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In pictures: Concept cars of the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show

In pictures: Concept cars of t...
Concept cars of the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show
Concept cars of the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show
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Volkswagen shows the Golf GTE Sport Concept
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Volkswagen shows the Golf GTE Sport Concept
Inside the VW Golf GTE Sport concept
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Inside the VW Golf GTE Sport concept
Inside the VW Golf GTE Sport concept
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Inside the VW Golf GTE Sport concept
The Golf GTE Sport has a generous amount of carbon fiber in its build
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The Golf GTE Sport has a generous amount of carbon fiber in its build
Volkswagen first revealed the Golf GTE Sport at its 2015 Wörthersee event
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Volkswagen first revealed the Golf GTE Sport at its 2015 Wörthersee event
The Golf GTE Sport is powered by a 395-hp plug-in hybrid powertrain
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The Golf GTE Sport is powered by a 395-hp plug-in hybrid powertrain
A more radical look and build for the Volkswagen Golf
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A more radical look and build for the Volkswagen Golf
Volkswagen Golf GTE Sport
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Volkswagen Golf GTE Sport
Mercedes shows the Concept GLC Coupe in Frankfurt after the car's 2015 Shanghai Motor Show debut
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Mercedes shows the Concept GLC Coupe in Frankfurt after the car's 2015 Shanghai Motor Show debut
Concept GLC Coupe: "a foretaste of future SUV models from Mercedes-Benz"
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Concept GLC Coupe: "a foretaste of future SUV models from Mercedes-Benz"
Mercedes Concept GLC Coupe
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Mercedes Concept GLC Coupe
Mercedes Concept GLC Coupe
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Mercedes Concept GLC Coupe
Mercedes shows a sportier, more compact SUV form
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Mercedes shows a sportier, more compact SUV form
The Mercedes F 015 features a passenger-centric lounge interior
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The Mercedes F 015 features a passenger-centric lounge interior
Mercedes first revealed the F 015 autonomous concept at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show
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Mercedes first revealed the F 015 autonomous concept at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show
Mercedes F 015 design study at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show
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Mercedes F 015 design study at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show
Inside the Mercedes Concept IAA
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Inside the Mercedes Concept IAA
The Mercedes Concept IAA's extending tail is made up of eight panels that add 15 inches to its backside
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The Mercedes Concept IAA's extending tail is made up of eight panels that add 15 inches to its backside
The tail extends at speeds over 50 mph (or when Mercedes activates it at trade shows), helping push drag coefficient down to 0.19
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The tail extends at speeds over 50 mph (or when Mercedes activates it at trade shows), helping push drag coefficient down to 0.19
Mercedes Concept Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile (IAA) "digital transformer"
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Mercedes Concept Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile (IAA) "digital transformer"
Probably the most radical concept in Frankfurt, the Mercedes Concept IAA has a substantial active aerodynamics package
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Probably the most radical concept in Frankfurt, the Mercedes Concept IAA has a substantial active aerodynamics package
The sporty, drop-shaped Concept IAA is powered by a 279-hp gas-electric plug-in hybrid system
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The sporty, drop-shaped Concept IAA is powered by a 279-hp gas-electric plug-in hybrid system
The Concept IAA also features advanced technologies like Car-to-X and optical finger navigation
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The Concept IAA also features advanced technologies like Car-to-X and optical finger navigation
Smart gives its Fortwo a serious audio upgrade
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Smart gives its Fortwo a serious audio upgrade
The Smart Forgigs is designed to be the "world's smallest concert hall on wheels"
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The Smart Forgigs is designed to be the "world's smallest concert hall on wheels"
Built with help from JBL, the Forgigs features a 5,720-watt sound system
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Built with help from JBL, the Forgigs features a 5,720-watt sound system
Smart Forgigs
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Smart Forgigs
BMW Concept Path 22 at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show
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BMW Concept Path 22 at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show
BMW Concept Path 22 at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show
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BMW Concept Path 22 at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show
It isn't just concept cars at the Frankfurt Motor Show; BMW shows the Concept Path 22 motorcycle
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It isn't just concept cars at the Frankfurt Motor Show; BMW shows the Concept Path 22 motorcycle
BMW Concept Path 22
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BMW Concept Path 22
BMW prepared the Concept Path 22 for the Wheels & Waves Festival back in June
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BMW prepared the Concept Path 22 for the Wheels & Waves Festival back in June
BMW Concept Path 22 at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show
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BMW Concept Path 22 at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show
BMW has developed a surfy scrambler based on the R nineT
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BMW has developed a surfy scrambler based on the R nineT
Audi debuts its all-electric e-tron quattro crossover concept
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Audi debuts its all-electric e-tron quattro crossover concept
Audi has already committed to bringing an all-electric crossover to market by 2018
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Audi has already committed to bringing an all-electric crossover to market by 2018
Audi estimates the e-tron quattro's range at more than 311 miles
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Audi estimates the e-tron quattro's range at more than 311 miles
Porsche's Mission E is powered by a 600-hp two-motor electric drive boasting up to 311 miles (500 km) of range
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Porsche's Mission E is powered by a 600-hp two-motor electric drive boasting up to 311 miles (500 km) of range
The Mission E has distinctive carbon fiber wheels, 21-in in front, 22 in back
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The Mission E has distinctive carbon fiber wheels, 21-in in front, 22 in back
We hope to see some Mission E styling bleed into Porsche's production line
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We hope to see some Mission E styling bleed into Porsche's production line
The Mission E features 800-volt electric architecture designed for shorter charging times and lighter wiring
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The Mission E features 800-volt electric architecture designed for shorter charging times and lighter wiring
World premiere of the Porsche Mission E concept
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World premiere of the Porsche Mission E concept
Porsche's all-new Mission E concept highlights a look at possible future technology and styling
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Porsche's all-new Mission E concept highlights a look at possible future technology and styling
Porsche's all-new Mission E concept has a set of matrix LED headlights
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Porsche's all-new Mission E concept has a set of matrix LED headlights
Bugatti pulls back the cloth on its Vision Gran Turismo
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Bugatti pulls back the cloth on its Vision Gran Turismo
Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo gets revealed in Frankfurt
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Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo gets revealed in Frankfurt
How much influence will the Vision GT have on Bugatti's all-new hypercar, expected next year?
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How much influence will the Vision GT have on Bugatti's all-new hypercar, expected next year?
Bugatti developed the Vision Gran Turismo with its fans in mind
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Bugatti developed the Vision Gran Turismo with its fans in mind
Originally debuted at the 2015 Shanghai auto show, the Citroën Aircross Concept shows Germany what it's all about
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Originally debuted at the 2015 Shanghai auto show, the Citroën Aircross Concept shows Germany what it's all about
Citroën Aircross concept
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Citroën Aircross concept
The Peugeot Quartz concept has dropped the gray-and-red suit from last year's Paris Motor Show debut in favor of a gray-and-blue suit
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The Peugeot Quartz concept has dropped the gray-and-red suit from last year's Paris Motor Show debut in favor of a gray-and-blue suit
The Peugeot Quartz concept is powered by a 500-hp plug-in hybrid drive
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The Peugeot Quartz concept is powered by a 500-hp plug-in hybrid drive
Peugeot Quartz concept at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show
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Peugeot Quartz concept at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show
Peugeot Quartz concept at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show
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Peugeot Quartz concept at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show
The Peugeot Fractal has a big, ol' butt
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The Peugeot Fractal has a big, ol' butt
The all-electric Fractal concept has front and rear motors
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The all-electric Fractal concept has front and rear motors
The Fractal concept features sharp angles and innovative audio engineering
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The Fractal concept features sharp angles and innovative audio engineering
Peugeot's Fractal concept makes its world premiere
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Peugeot's Fractal concept makes its world premiere
About a year after revealing its first C-HR concept at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, Toyota refines the design into the all-new C-HR concept
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About a year after revealing its first C-HR concept at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, Toyota refines the design into the all-new C-HR concept
The C-HR's diamond-inspired styling shines through in the diamond-cut spokes of the unique 21-in wheels
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The C-HR's diamond-inspired styling shines through in the diamond-cut spokes of the unique 21-in wheels
The new C-HR features five-doors and is closely related to an upcoming production compact crossover
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The new C-HR features five-doors and is closely related to an upcoming production compact crossover
One of the many distinct concepts of Frankfurt, the Nissan Gripz
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One of the many distinct concepts of Frankfurt, the Nissan Gripz
Nissan shows what a future crossover might look like
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Nissan shows what a future crossover might look like
The Gripz is inspired by classic desert rally cars and racing bicycles
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The Gripz is inspired by classic desert rally cars and racing bicycles
More specifically, the Gripz owes inspiration to the Safari Rally-winning Nissan 240Z rally car from the 1970s, which Nissan looks at in retrospect as one of its first crossovers
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More specifically, the Gripz owes inspiration to the Safari Rally-winning Nissan 240Z rally car from the 1970s, which Nissan looks at in retrospect as one of its first crossovers
Rumor has it, the Gripz is an early preview of the crossover the iconic Nissan 370Z will morph into, which could explain that "z"
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Rumor has it, the Gripz is an early preview of the crossover the iconic Nissan 370Z will morph into, which could explain that "z"
The Gripz is powered by a series hybrid drive with small gas engine powering a Nissan Leaf motor
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The Gripz is powered by a series hybrid drive with small gas engine powering a Nissan Leaf motor
Nissan Gripz concept world premiere
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Nissan Gripz concept world premiere
The Gripz is a sporty, high-riding crossover
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The Gripz is a sporty, high-riding crossover
The Gripz shares styling elements, like the V-motion grille, with the 2015 Sway concept from the Geneva Motor Show
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The Gripz shares styling elements, like the V-motion grille, with the 2015 Sway concept from the Geneva Motor Show
Shown here in Frankfurt, the Peugeot 308 R Hybrid first debuted at the 2015 Shanghai auto show earlier this year
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Shown here in Frankfurt, the Peugeot 308 R Hybrid first debuted at the 2015 Shanghai auto show earlier this year
A "compact hatchback that drives like a supercar," the Peugeot 308 R Hybrid concept has a 500-hp petrol-electric hybrid powertrain
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A "compact hatchback that drives like a supercar," the Peugeot 308 R Hybrid concept has a 500-hp petrol-electric hybrid powertrain
The 308 R Hybrid has a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, an electric motor connected to the six-speed gearbox and a motor on the rear axle
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The 308 R Hybrid has a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, an electric motor connected to the six-speed gearbox and a motor on the rear axle
Peugeot 308 R Hybrid
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Peugeot 308 R Hybrid
Honda blends the motorcycle and track car into the fittingly named Project 2&4
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Honda blends the motorcycle and track car into the fittingly named Project 2&4
The 2&4 is powered by a 999cc V4 four-stroke racing motorcycle engine mated to a six-speed DCT gearbox
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The 2&4 is powered by a 999cc V4 four-stroke racing motorcycle engine mated to a six-speed DCT gearbox
The 2&4's design was inspired by the 1965 Honda RA272
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The 2&4's design was inspired by the 1965 Honda RA272
The "freedom of a motorcycle and the maneuverability of a car"
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The "freedom of a motorcycle and the maneuverability of a car"
The Project 2&4 is the winning entry from Honda's internal Global Design Project competition
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The Project 2&4 is the winning entry from Honda's internal Global Design Project competition
The 2&4's single seat is set low, providing a closer connection to the road below
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The 2&4's single seat is set low, providing a closer connection to the road below
The 2&4 includes a skeletal cockpit with small digital display
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The 2&4 includes a skeletal cockpit with small digital display
Honda Civic Tourer Active Life concept
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Honda Civic Tourer Active Life concept
The Active LIfe comes with an aerodynamically shaped roof box for helmets and accessories
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The Active LIfe comes with an aerodynamically shaped roof box for helmets and accessories
Honda highlights the cargo capacity of its Civic Tourer with the cycle-centric Active Life concept
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Honda highlights the cargo capacity of its Civic Tourer with the cycle-centric Active Life concept
By removing the floor panel on the Civic Tourer's load area, Honda makes room for a bike carrying system
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By removing the floor panel on the Civic Tourer's load area, Honda makes room for a bike carrying system
The Active Life concept's bike carrier also plays the role of maintenance stand
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The Active Life concept's bike carrier also plays the role of maintenance stand
The Active LIfe has a retractable shade to extend the overhead coverage of the tailgate
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The Active LIfe has a retractable shade to extend the overhead coverage of the tailgate
Mazda Koeru concept world premiere
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Mazda Koeru concept world premiere
The 5-seat Koeru is Mazda's vision of a sporty but practical crossover
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The 5-seat Koeru is Mazda's vision of a sporty but practical crossover
Koeru means "exceed" or "go beyond" in Japanese, according to Mazda
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Koeru means "exceed" or "go beyond" in Japanese, according to Mazda
Mazda applies its Kodo design language to the all-new Koeru crossover concept
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Mazda applies its Kodo design language to the all-new Koeru crossover concept
Hyundai says the N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo "blurs the line between air and asphalt"
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Hyundai says the N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo "blurs the line between air and asphalt"
Hyundai N 2025 Vision GT
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Hyundai N 2025 Vision GT
Hyundai lists the N 2025 Vision GT's weight at 972 kg (2,143 lb)
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Hyundai lists the N 2025 Vision GT's weight at 972 kg (2,143 lb)
Hyundai imagines a dual fuel cell stack combining with a supercapacitor system to power the 871-hp (650-kW) race car
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Hyundai imagines a dual fuel cell stack combining with a supercapacitor system to power the 871-hp (650-kW) race car
The N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo video game car is powered by four in-wheel motors
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The N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo video game car is powered by four in-wheel motors
Hyundai highglights its young "N" performance brand with the N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo
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Hyundai highglights its young "N" performance brand with the N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo
Audi RS 7 Piloted Driving concept
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Audi RS 7 Piloted Driving concept
Audi RS 7 Piloted Driving concept
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Audi RS 7 Piloted Driving concept
Audi Piloted Driving display
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Audi Piloted Driving display
The Citroen Cactus M concept at the Frankfurt show
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The Citroen Cactus M concept at the Frankfurt show
The Cactus M is inspired by the classic Citroen Méhari
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The Cactus M is inspired by the classic Citroen Méhari
The Cactus M is ready for the beach inside and out
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The Cactus M is ready for the beach inside and out
Citroen Cactus M concept
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Citroen Cactus M concept
Citroen Cactus M concept
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Citroen Cactus M concept
The DS 4 Crossback Concept highlights materials that will be used in future DS production models
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The DS 4 Crossback Concept highlights materials that will be used in future DS production models
DS 4 Crossback Concept
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DS 4 Crossback Concept
Concept cars of the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show
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Concept cars of the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show
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Gizmag has been busy bouncing around the numerous halls of the Frankfurt Motor Show for the past couple of days. During that time, we've seen concept cars of every shape, size and style – electrics and hybrids, shape shifters, autonomous commuters, motorcycle-cum-go karts and many more. If these concepts are any indication, the near future of car design will be very interesting.

With so many intriguing concepts on display, we're loath to choose a favorite. However, if pressed, we'd probably have to go with the Mercedes-Benz Concept IAA.

The tail extends at speeds over 50 mph (or when Mercedes activates it at trade shows), helping push drag coefficient down to 0.19
The tail extends at speeds over 50 mph (or when Mercedes activates it at trade shows), helping push drag coefficient down to 0.19

Not only is this concept cut from the same dazzling show-car cloth as this year's F 015, but it features something we didn't see coming: a shape-shifting body kit that cuts the drag coefficient to 0.19, down around Volkswagen XL1 territory (0.186).

Another Frankfurt highlight sure to be on everyone's best of list, Porsche's Mission E shows a very clear vision of how Porsche's design and drive technology could evolve in the future. It packages a race-derived, high-voltage 600-hp powertrain inside a freshly styled body defined by matrix LED headlights and swooping, arched fenders.

Porsche's Mission E is powered by a 600-hp two-motor electric drive boasting up to 311 miles (500 km) of range
Porsche's Mission E is powered by a 600-hp two-motor electric drive boasting up to 311 miles (500 km) of range

It's a fun departure from Porsche's usual gently reworked 911 styling and successfully manages to be both completely new and distinctly Porsche.

Usually we can take or leave Vision Gran Turismo concepts. It's cool that automakers take the time to build these video game cars into life-size machines, but many of them belong as much to the science fiction gaming genre as to the racing one. Bugatti's Vision Gran Turismo is more than just a wild video game car, however; it's a rare opportunity to watch Bugatti design evolve before our eyes.

How much influence will the Vision GT have on Bugatti's all-new hypercar, expected next year?
How much influence will the Vision GT have on Bugatti's all-new hypercar, expected next year?

"Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo is the first stage on a new journey that Bugatti is embarking on following the successful completion of its Veyron chapter, and which will culminate in the unveiling of the next Bugatti super sports car in the not too distant future," explains Bugatti president Wolfgang Dürheimer.

We suspect that features like the narrow headlamps and rear-end shape might make the move over to production, with drastic aero components like the cow-catching splitter and huge fin left behind.

There are plenty more Frankfurt design highlights to be found, so head to our photo gallery and get your fill of freshly baked concept cars.

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