The 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show was one of the biggest yet, with dozens of new models and concept cars revealed. Now that the Which? Car team has returned from pacing the show floor, it’s time for our summary of the top 10 models to watch out for from the show.
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It might not be the ‘new Capri’ – as it has been widely described, but the Ford Evos is nevertheless a great concept car that shows off the firm’s future direction.
Some of the details, like the double gullwing doors, aren’t destined for production, but we can hope that a few elements – like the overall shape, and super-slim ‘laser cut’ front LED headlights – make their way onto a future production model.
After years of concepts, ‘design studies’ and show cars, we finally got to see a production version of VW’s new baby. Made to replace the Fox and a follow-up to the Lupo, the VW Up! (yes, they insist on that annoying exclamation mark), is commendably compact at just 3.5m long and should be cheap to run, mainly due to its 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine.
The fact that it will include perceived big-car features like an emergency braking system could move the safety game on for small cars, too. The Up! is on sale later this year.
Apart from a few tweaks to the lights and new alloy wheel designs, there’s not much that’s obviously different about the latest version of the all-conquering Porsche 911.
However, like every new Porsche, it’s all about evolution, not revolution – it’s lighter, more powerful and more efficient than before. It’s still incredibly quick, but what’s almost equally impressive is the fact that the 3.4-litre Carrera model returns a claimed 34.4mpg. Also, its CO2 emissions of 194g/km make it the first Porsche sports car to get below 200g/km. Prices start at £71,449 and it goes on sale in December.
While the current model looks relatively bland, the new Hyundai i30 has taken on a much more handsome appearance. The front end looks like the new i40 estate, which is certainly no bad thing.
It also has an improved interior, and although that’s about it in terms of major improvements (the engine choice will remain similar, albeit slightly upgraded), the i30 is a great example of a new car that keeps its good points and improves where it needs to – namely in the looks department.
BMW i3 concept
The BMW i3 is an electric city car that forms the first part of BMW’s new i-branded range of high-tech electric and low-CO2 cars. And, according to the men from Munich, this is nothing less than the future of personal transport.
More specifically, the i3 is the opening salvo in BMW’s new i-car range of fully-electric and range-extender vehicles. It’s a four-seat city car that uses technology developed in the prototype electric Mini E.
Despite the high-concept design and impressive performance claims, BMW insists the i3 isn’t a flight of fancy – in fact, they say it will go on sale in 2013.
Jaguar C-X16 concept
It’s the new E-type – well that’s what Jaguar might tell you. The C-X16 is a concept at the moment, but you can expect to see a production version looking very similar in showrooms next year.
It looks great, and under that power-bulged bonnet sits a 375bhp 3.0 V6 engine with an integrated electric motor, meaning it’s good for 0-62mph in 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 186mph. And, if that’s not enough, a boost button on the steering wheel gives you 10 seconds of extra overtaking power.
That electric motor means exceptionally low CO2 emissions of 165g/km, with the ability to run on electric power only at speeds up to 50mph. Expect a price of around £50,000.
The is a compact crossover based on the Impreza, and aims to take on cars like the Nissan Qashqai and Ford Kuga. That means the Subaru XV is out to offer plenty of space inside while trying to retain the driving prowess of a conventional hatchback.
The styling is a blend of SUV ruggedness and sleek lines. This results in a high body, a curved roofline and oversized wheelarches and side skirts. A hexagonal grille and hawk-eye headlights are common to modern Subarus, and the bumpers have been sculpted to improve aerodynamics.
It’s due on sale in 2012, and although no prices have been confirmed yet, we expect basic models to be available from around the £16,000 mark.
Audi A2 concept
Six years after the the original version was discontinued, Audi revealed a concept of a second-generation A2 at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. It’s a fully-electric, lightweight four-seat hatchback, which has a similar silhouette to the original Audi A2, with a tall body and short overhangs.
Unlike many of the other concepts, the Audi A2 looks like it could become a reality soon, powered by either electric motors or conventional engines. The front and rear lamps are linked up by a single beam of light running down the side of the doors from front to back. We doubt this pulsing, Knight-Rider-style feature will make it to the production car, though (sadly).
Audi claims the A2 concept could become a production reality in 2013.
Land Rover Defender concept
Replacing a much-loved icon isn’t easy, but such is the challenge facing Land Rover as it prepares to pension-off the Defender – a 4×4 that has existed in various guises since 1948.
The DC100 concept revealed the design direction Land Rover is thinking of taking. But it plans to gauge public reaction at the show before pressing ahead – this car is too important to get wrong.
And yes, the DC100 does look like very much like a Skoda Yeti…
The was the showpiece of the Skoda stand at the Frankfurt Motor Show. A compact family saloon, the MissionL is a clear indicator of the upcoming model line from the VW-owned manufacturer – and it’s being tagged as the start of a new ‘model offensive’ from the brand.
If you’ve been a close follower of Skoda, this model won’t look entirely new to you. That’s because the MissionL shares a lot of its design cues with the previously-revealed VisionD, previewed at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year.
It might not look as exciting as other concepts, but with Skoda’s recent record you can expect the production version to be great value and good to own.
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