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In photos: Concept cars show the future in Frankfurt

In photos: Concept cars show t...
Concepts of the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
Concepts of the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
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The Mercedes-Benz Future Bus with CityPilot helps to draw show goers to Daimler's hall
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The Mercedes-Benz Future Bus with CityPilot helps to draw show goers to Daimler's hall
Mercedes debuted the Future Bus last July in Amsterdam, where it drove autonomously on a 12-mile (20-km) route
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Mercedes debuted the Future Bus last July in Amsterdam, where it drove autonomously on a 12-mile (20-km) route
The Volocopter 2X self-flying taxi serves as another eye catcher outside Daimler's IAA hall
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The Volocopter 2X self-flying taxi serves as another eye catcher outside Daimler's IAA hall
Daimler is among the parties investing millions in Volocopter – even if the flying taxi doesn't pan out, Daimler might just get its money worth in trade fair promotions alone
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Daimler is among the parties investing millions in Volocopter – even if the flying taxi doesn't pan out, Daimler might just get its money worth in trade fair promotions alone
Volocopter plans to use investment funds for developing its electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) technology, quickening introduction of the Volocopter taxi and improving its market position within the young flying taxi market
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Volocopter plans to use investment funds for developing its electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) technology, quickening introduction of the Volocopter taxi and improving its market position within the young flying taxi market
Daimler shows the Volocopter 2X flying taxi in Frankfurt
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Daimler shows the Volocopter 2X flying taxi in Frankfurt
The two-person self-flying air taxi of the future?
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The two-person self-flying air taxi of the future?
Wey XEV concept
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Wey XEV concept
Mercedes Vision Tokyo concept at IAA 2017
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Mercedes Vision Tokyo concept at IAA 2017
Mercedes first revealed the Vision Tokyo at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show
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Mercedes first revealed the Vision Tokyo at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show
The Mercedes-Benz Vision Tokyo concept plays with several technologies, including autonomy and a hydrogen fuel cell electric powertrain
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The Mercedes-Benz Vision Tokyo concept plays with several technologies, including autonomy and a hydrogen fuel cell electric powertrain
In addition to being yet another dramatic concept at the Daimler IAA hall, the VIsion Tokyo ties into the hydrogen fuel cell news Mercedes had at the show
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In addition to being yet another dramatic concept at the Daimler IAA hall, the VIsion Tokyo ties into the hydrogen fuel cell news Mercedes had at the show
Mercedes-Benz Vision Tokyo concept at IAA 2017
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Mercedes-Benz Vision Tokyo concept at IAA 2017
Mercedes-Benz Vision Tokyo concept at IAA 2017
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Mercedes-Benz Vision Tokyo concept at IAA 2017
Toyota premieres the C-HR Hy-Power Concept in Frankfurt
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Toyota premieres the C-HR Hy-Power Concept in Frankfurt
The Hy-Power concept gives the C-HR a more vibrant look to go along with a more potent hybrid powertrain
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The Hy-Power concept gives the C-HR a more vibrant look to go along with a more potent hybrid powertrain
F1 race car for the road: The Project One will feature more prominently in our upcoming "sports cars of Frankfurt" gallery, but since it's technically a "show car," we figured we'd sneak a photo in here, too
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F1 race car for the road: The Project One will feature more prominently in our upcoming "sports cars of Frankfurt" gallery, but since it's technically a "show car," we figured we'd sneak a photo in here, too
Mercedes Concept EQA
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Mercedes Concept EQA
A look into the swirling eyes of the Mercedes Concept EQA
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A look into the swirling eyes of the Mercedes Concept EQA
Mercedes previews a compact electric car with the Concept EQA
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Mercedes previews a compact electric car with the Concept EQA
The Mercedes EQA has a 249-mile-range all-electric powertrain
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The Mercedes EQA has a 249-mile-range all-electric powertrain
Mercedes Concept EQA
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Mercedes Concept EQA
Mercedes Concept EQA
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Mercedes Concept EQA
The Mercedes EQA's taillights have some swirl, too
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The Mercedes EQA's taillights have some swirl, too
Mercedes Generation EQ concept at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
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Mercedes Generation EQ concept at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
Chery explores a sleeker SUV with the Tiggo Coupe Concept
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Chery explores a sleeker SUV with the Tiggo Coupe Concept
Chery Tiggo Coupe Concept
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Chery Tiggo Coupe Concept
Chery Tiggo Coupe Concept
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Chery Tiggo Coupe Concept
Jaguar shows the I-Pace concept
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Jaguar shows the I-Pace concept
Jaguar shows the I-Pace concept
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Jaguar shows the I-Pace concept
Jaguar shows the I-Pace concept
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Jaguar shows the I-Pace concept
Jaguar shows the I-Pace concept
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Jaguar shows the I-Pace concept
Honda's Urban EV Concept blends the past and future
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Honda's Urban EV Concept blends the past and future
We imagine it'll lose the digital front and rear fascias along the way, but the Urban EV Concept will work its way into a production by 2019
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We imagine it'll lose the digital front and rear fascias along the way, but the Urban EV Concept will work its way into a production by 2019
Honda Urban EV Concept
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Honda Urban EV Concept
Honda's Urban EV Concept includes front and rear digital displays
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Honda's Urban EV Concept includes front and rear digital displays
Honda shows the CR-V Hybrid prototype in Frankfurt
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Honda shows the CR-V Hybrid prototype in Frankfurt
Kia makes the estate look extra sexy with its Proceed Concept
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Kia makes the estate look extra sexy with its Proceed Concept
Kia's materials call it the Proceed Concept, but it wears a "Proceed Reborn" badge
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Kia's materials call it the Proceed Concept, but it wears a "Proceed Reborn" badge
The Proceed Concept focuses on "extended hot hatch" styling, and Kia doesn't detail any powertrain specs
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The Proceed Concept focuses on "extended hot hatch" styling, and Kia doesn't detail any powertrain specs
Kia Proceed Concept world premiere at IAA 2017
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Kia Proceed Concept world premiere at IAA 2017
Kia's Frankfurt design team took the lead on the Proceed Concept
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Kia's Frankfurt design team took the lead on the Proceed Concept
Borgward's Isabella Concept was among the most striking of the show
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Borgward's Isabella Concept was among the most striking of the show
The surfaces of the Borgward Isabella Concept exterior and interior dive, twist, tuck and flow
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The surfaces of the Borgward Isabella Concept exterior and interior dive, twist, tuck and flow
Inside the Borgward Isabella Concept
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Inside the Borgward Isabella Concept
Inside the Borgward Isabella Concept
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Inside the Borgward Isabella Concept
Borgward Isabella Concept
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Borgward Isabella Concept
Mini shows its electrified future with the Electric Concept
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Mini shows its electrified future with the Electric Concept
The Mini Electric Concept includes a closed radiator and fiberglass aero components for better performance
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The Mini Electric Concept includes a closed radiator and fiberglass aero components for better performance
The Electric Concept is clearly inspired by the original Mini E, a development prototype that helped pave the way for BMW's current and future electric models 
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The Electric Concept is clearly inspired by the original Mini E, a development prototype that helped pave the way for BMW's current and future electric models 
A production electric Mini will be part of BMW's electrification expansion
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A production electric Mini will be part of BMW's electrification expansion
After its California debut last month, the Concept Z4 makes an appearance in BMW's homeland 
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After its California debut last month, the Concept Z4 makes an appearance in BMW's homeland 
The Concept Z4 shows BMW's latest design language
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The Concept Z4 shows BMW's latest design language
BMW plays with vertically stacked headlights, a departure from its usual horizontal lights
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BMW plays with vertically stacked headlights, a departure from its usual horizontal lights
The BMW Z4 concept uses colors and equipment to clearly separate driver from passenger
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The BMW Z4 concept uses colors and equipment to clearly separate driver from passenger
BMW Concept Z4 roadster
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BMW Concept Z4 roadster
Not all BMW Frankfurt concepts have four wheels; the Concept Link scooter rides on two
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Not all BMW Frankfurt concepts have four wheels; the Concept Link scooter rides on two
BMW Concept Link
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BMW Concept Link
In creating the Elaine, Audi started with the E-tron Sportback and added some new technologies
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In creating the Elaine, Audi started with the E-tron Sportback and added some new technologies
Audi explores autonomy with the Elaine Concept
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Audi explores autonomy with the Elaine Concept
The Elaine features an advanced self-driving system that can maneuver the car at speeds between 37 and 81 mph (60 and 130 km/h)
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The Elaine features an advanced self-driving system that can maneuver the car at speeds between 37 and 81 mph (60 and 130 km/h)
Volkswagen shows the I.D. Crozz concept 
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Volkswagen shows the I.D. Crozz concept 
The I.D. Crozz is VW's vision of a sporty, electric crossover
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The I.D. Crozz is VW's vision of a sporty, electric crossover
A look into the VW I.D. Crozz concept's eye
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A look into the VW I.D. Crozz concept's eye
The VW I.D. Crozz has a motor at each wheel, an electric version of 4Motion all-wheel drive
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The VW I.D. Crozz has a motor at each wheel, an electric version of 4Motion all-wheel drive
Smart's Vision EQ ForTwo from above
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Smart's Vision EQ ForTwo from above
The Smart Vision EQ ForTwo is an all-electric, self-driving, car-sharing city taxi of the future
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The Smart Vision EQ ForTwo is an all-electric, self-driving, car-sharing city taxi of the future
The Vision EQ ForTwo's bubble doors work as digital displays and swing backward to open
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The Vision EQ ForTwo's bubble doors work as digital displays and swing backward to open
The Smart Vision EQ ForTwo features exterior digital displays to communicate with customers and other road users
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The Smart Vision EQ ForTwo features exterior digital displays to communicate with customers and other road users
Identifying the car you ordered gets easier with the Vision EQ ForTwo's digital front display
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Identifying the car you ordered gets easier with the Vision EQ ForTwo's digital front display
The Smart EQ ForTwo's interior keeps things simple and roomy
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The Smart EQ ForTwo's interior keeps things simple and roomy
Interestingly, the Vision EQ ForTwo's digital interior display is not a touchscreen, instead relying on passenger smartphones for control
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Interestingly, the Vision EQ ForTwo's digital interior display is not a touchscreen, instead relying on passenger smartphones for control
The Vision EQ ForTwo's digital display helps single passengers find a mate with whom they can split the ride
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The Vision EQ ForTwo's digital display helps single passengers find a mate with whom they can split the ride
The rear-swinging doors make it easier to get in and out in tight parking and urban spaces
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The rear-swinging doors make it easier to get in and out in tight parking and urban spaces
The all-new Mercedes Concept EQA from above
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The all-new Mercedes Concept EQA from above
Auto startup Thunder Power shows its electric sedan development prototype
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Auto startup Thunder Power shows its electric sedan development prototype
The Thunder Power prototype wears some topographic-like camouflage 
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The Thunder Power prototype wears some topographic-like camouflage 
Thunder Power claims an all-electric range (NEDC) up to 404 miles (650 km), but we'll see if that sticks once the car gets to market
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Thunder Power claims an all-electric range (NEDC) up to 404 miles (650 km), but we'll see if that sticks once the car gets to market
Thunder Power plans to launch a sedan and limited edition coupe in 2019 and an SUV in 2020
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Thunder Power plans to launch a sedan and limited edition coupe in 2019 and an SUV in 2020
A look at Thunder Power's heavily digital interior 
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A look at Thunder Power's heavily digital interior 
Thunder Power interior
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Thunder Power interior
Thunder Power SUV show car
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Thunder Power SUV show car
Thunder Power SUV show car
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Thunder Power SUV show car
Thunder Power has one of the more interesting all-electric front grille designs out there
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Thunder Power has one of the more interesting all-electric front grille designs out there
Thunder Power SUV show car
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Thunder Power SUV show car
Thunder Power SUV show car
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Thunder Power SUV show car
Thunder Power has designed a modular chassis for use across its vehicle lineup
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Thunder Power has designed a modular chassis for use across its vehicle lineup
Thunder Power's architecture includes front multi-link and rear trapezoidal link suspension
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Thunder Power's architecture includes front multi-link and rear trapezoidal link suspension
More than just a car, Renault's Symbioz vision includes a home that shares energy with the vehicle
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More than just a car, Renault's Symbioz vision includes a home that shares energy with the vehicle
The Symbioz car is designed to double as a useful room at home
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The Symbioz car is designed to double as a useful room at home
The Symbioz has a dual-motor rear-wheel drive
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The Symbioz has a dual-motor rear-wheel drive
Renault plans to launch a Symbioz-related demo vehicle later this year
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Renault plans to launch a Symbioz-related demo vehicle later this year
While an interesting and unique concept, Renault's Symbioz limited structural capacity meant we weren't able to get inside the building and shoot the car from all angles 
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While an interesting and unique concept, Renault's Symbioz limited structural capacity meant we weren't able to get inside the building and shoot the car from all angles 
Renault's race car of the future: the R.S. 2027 Vision
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Renault's race car of the future: the R.S. 2027 Vision
Renault looks at a possible future of race cars
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Renault looks at a possible future of race cars
Renault's R.S. 2027 Vision uses a variety of LED lighting 
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Renault's R.S. 2027 Vision uses a variety of LED lighting 
The Renault R.S. 2027 Vision includes a polycarbonate cockpit canopy
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The Renault R.S. 2027 Vision includes a polycarbonate cockpit canopy
Renault R.S. Vision 2027
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Renault R.S. Vision 2027
BMW previews the future of sporty electric driving with the i Vision Dynamics
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BMW previews the future of sporty electric driving with the i Vision Dynamics
BMW has been focusing on styling exercises of late, without giving much in the way of powertrain details – it does imagine the i Vision Dynamics having 373 miles of range and 120-mph of speed
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BMW has been focusing on styling exercises of late, without giving much in the way of powertrain details – it does imagine the i Vision Dynamics having 373 miles of range and 120-mph of speed
Those who have been watching BMW's electric growth may recall that the i8 was originally the Vision EfficientDynamics, a clunky name that seems to have helped pave the way for the more succinct i Vision Dynamics
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Those who have been watching BMW's electric growth may recall that the i8 was originally the Vision EfficientDynamics, a clunky name that seems to have helped pave the way for the more succinct i Vision Dynamics
BMW premieres the i Vision Dynamics in Frankfurt
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BMW premieres the i Vision Dynamics in Frankfurt
BMW i Vision Dynamics concept
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BMW i Vision Dynamics concept
BMW i Vision Dynamics concept
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BMW i Vision Dynamics concept
BMW i Vision Dynamics concept
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BMW i Vision Dynamics concept
BMW premieres the X7 Concept iPerformance
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BMW premieres the X7 Concept iPerformance
The X7 Concept iPerformance previews a large BMW SUV
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The X7 Concept iPerformance previews a large BMW SUV
BMW X7 Concept iPerformance
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BMW X7 Concept iPerformance
BMW didn't announce powertrain specs but said that the X7 concept pairs electric drive tech with a BMW TwinPower turbo gas engine
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BMW didn't announce powertrain specs but said that the X7 concept pairs electric drive tech with a BMW TwinPower turbo gas engine
BMW X7 Concept iPerformance
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BMW X7 Concept iPerformance
A peek inside the X7 concept
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A peek inside the X7 concept
BMW shows the Concept 8 Series once again
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BMW shows the Concept 8 Series once again
Another BMW concept without powertrain specs, the Concept 8 Series previews a future production model
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Another BMW concept without powertrain specs, the Concept 8 Series previews a future production model
The new 8 Series will be part of BMW's historic new-model offensive
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The new 8 Series will be part of BMW's historic new-model offensive
BMW Concept 8 Series
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BMW Concept 8 Series
BMW Concept 8 Series
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BMW Concept 8 Series
Inside the BMW Concept 8 Series
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Inside the BMW Concept 8 Series
The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet makes the trip over from California
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The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet makes the trip over from California
A look inside the gorgeous interior of the Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet
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A look inside the gorgeous interior of the Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet
The huge hood of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet
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The huge hood of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet
Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet
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Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet
Debuted at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the Mercedes-AMG GT Concept makes the trip to Frankfurt
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Debuted at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the Mercedes-AMG GT Concept makes the trip to Frankfurt
With an 805-hp hybrid powertrain derived from F1 technology, the GT Concept is a powerful machine
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With an 805-hp hybrid powertrain derived from F1 technology, the GT Concept is a powerful machine
The Rinspeed Oasis concept brings some funk to Frankfurt 
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The Rinspeed Oasis concept brings some funk to Frankfurt 
The Rinspeed Oasis adds a little greenery to the automotive world
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The Rinspeed Oasis adds a little greenery to the automotive world
If the buses of the future look anything like Daimler's vision, they won't hold very many people
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If the buses of the future look anything like Daimler's vision, they won't hold very many people
At the wheel of the Mercedes Future Bus
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At the wheel of the Mercedes Future Bus
Mercedes Future Bus with CityPilot concept
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Mercedes Future Bus with CityPilot concept
Skoda Vision E at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
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Skoda Vision E at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
Skoda Vision E at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
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Skoda Vision E at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
A look at the flamboyant aerodynamics of the Mini John Cooper Works GP Concept
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A look at the flamboyant aerodynamics of the Mini John Cooper Works GP Concept
Mini likes to integrate the Union Jack into its concepts
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Mini likes to integrate the Union Jack into its concepts
The new GP Concept is a race-inspired Mini Cooper with serious attitude
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The new GP Concept is a race-inspired Mini Cooper with serious attitude
Mini John Cooper Works GP Concept
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Mini John Cooper Works GP Concept
Mini John Cooper Works GP Concept 
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Mini John Cooper Works GP Concept 
Mini John Cooper Works GP Concept 
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Mini John Cooper Works GP Concept 
The Mini GP Concept has a widened track, front splitter, large roof spoiler and plenty of other aggressive tweaks
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The Mini GP Concept has a widened track, front splitter, large roof spoiler and plenty of other aggressive tweaks
The track-inspired GP Concept includes a roll cage and driver-focused interior
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The track-inspired GP Concept includes a roll cage and driver-focused interior
Wey explores creases and alternative energy with the XEV concept 
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Wey explores creases and alternative energy with the XEV concept 
The Wey XEV's rear is giving us way too much lip
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The Wey XEV's rear is giving us way too much lip
Wey XEV concept
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Wey XEV concept
Audi goes fully autonomous with the Aicon concept
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Audi goes fully autonomous with the Aicon concept
Audi Aicon concept world premiere at Frankfurt 2017
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Audi Aicon concept world premiere at Frankfurt 2017
The Audi Aicon does away with the steering wheel and pedals, relying solely on autonomous hardware and software
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The Audi Aicon does away with the steering wheel and pedals, relying solely on autonomous hardware and software
The Audi Aicon has an all-electric powertrain and Audi slaps on a near-500-mile range
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The Audi Aicon has an all-electric powertrain and Audi slaps on a near-500-mile range
Audi stretches out its styling with the Aicon
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Audi stretches out its styling with the Aicon
Concepts of the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
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Concepts of the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
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Media days for the 67th Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) have come and gone, leaving a large field of stunning, brand-new concept cars in their wake. From smooth, sexy SUVs and estates, to self-driving electric cars, to autonomous flying taxis, IAA is showing the world what the near and very distant futures of mobility will look like. One thing's for sure – they won't be boring.

We've looked at a number of major Frankfurt concept debuts, including the fully autonomous Audi Aicon and the retro-futuristic Honda Urban EV. A few other highlights that caught our attention as we scurried around the show:

Borgward Isabella

Borgward Isabella Concept
Borgward Isabella Concept

The revived Borgward is not yet a name that pops immediately to mind when we start thinking of must-visit auto show booths. However, its Isabella Concept was one of two or three IAA 2017 debuts that put a sharp, unplanned turn in our step, immediately drawing us in for a closer look.

The car brings back a classic Borgward nameplate and gives it a curvaceous, futuristic look. Borgward says the Isabella was designed under the principle "impressions of flow" and will influence the brand's design DNA. It will also influence our future lists of automaker names that pop to mind when visiting auto shows.

Renault Symbioz

More than just a car, Renault's Symbioz vision includes a home that shares energy with the vehicle
More than just a car, Renault's Symbioz vision includes a home that shares energy with the vehicle

Like a number of automakers, Renault focused on electric power and autonomy in designing its Frankfurt concept. It went a couple of steps beyond the norm, however, in closely matching car and home. And it brought the concept house right along with it to Frankfurt.

Renault imagines the Symbioz car working closely with the house, its autonomous interior layout providing a comfortable extra room at home and its battery sharing energy with the home grid. Renault gets extra points for going beyond the basic electric visions being put out by every other automaker, but it loses points for putting a structural barrier with limited occupancy between us and its concept car – we still don't know what the rear and other side look like up close.

Volocopter, the electric self-flying taxi

Volocopter plans to use investment funds for developing its electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) technology, quickening introduction of the Volocopter taxi and improving its market position within the young flying taxi market
Volocopter plans to use investment funds for developing its electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) technology, quickening introduction of the Volocopter taxi and improving its market position within the young flying taxi market

OK, the Volocopter 2X on display in front of Daimler's large hall isn't exactly a concept car, but it was one of the most impressive eye catchers of the show. Daimler recently became one of a number of investors in the autonomous VTOL air taxi startup, and the Volocopter 2X parked outside its Frankfurt hall helped to pull the crowds in. The impressive 2X features an all-electric powertrain with 18 rotors, lightweight composite construction and an array of nine lithium-ion batteries. Hopping aboard a helicopter and soaring over bumper-to-bumper traffic from one end of the city to the other seems as ideal as future mobility can get, short of teleportation.

Those three create but a small tip of a large iceberg. Jump to the photo gallery to see all the other concept car highlights from Frankfurt.

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3 comments
Spod
Any company still using internal combustion engines in concept cars is really not paying attention.
ikarus342000
Nice to see a Borgward back. In his days it was one of the most elegant cars. By the way, the internal combustion engine is not dead. By the way, record with 1 lter of petrolis 3650 km. The companies where only sleeping to develop a better engine, that is all.
CharlieSeattle
Please run these "Self-Driving Car" tests to simulate real world conditions FIRST!!
Test sensors in a dark tunnel without light after a storm. Test sensors with 50% disabled to simulate vandalism, a defect or failure. Test sensor covered with ice not chipped off. Test sensors smacked with bird doo, WHILE IN MOTION. Test sensors covered with engine oil spray. Test sensors covered with Arizona road dust. Test sensors smacked with mud, WHILE IN MOTION. Test sensors covered with snow and sleet while in an actual storm. Test sensors covered with sticky leaves, WHILE IN MOTION. Test sensors covered with dead bugs sticking to sensors. Test sensors covered with clear wax applied by a vandal. Test sensors disabled by a EMP strike, WHILE IN MOTION. Test sensors against popular car top carriers, canoes, mattress etc., WHILE IN MOTION.
CRITICAL TEST:
Test "Self-Driving Car" software ability to block a NSA/CIA/FBI cyber hack used to stage an undetectable assassination! They have, can and will spoof their real location from the USA to Russia, Nigeria or your mommies basement!