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In pictures: Killer concepts from the floor of the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show


September 12, 2013

It was a conceptual feast for the eyes at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show

It was a conceptual feast for the eyes at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show

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The exhibition halls at Messe Frankfurt are a fertile hunting ground for lovers of concept cars, as automakers unveil vehicles that give a glimpse of possible future design directions, technologies that might be integrated into forthcoming production models, or pure flights of fancy. This year proved no different, with concept vehicles big and small, practical and absurd, strutting their stuff on the Frankfurt stage.

Although we’ve already cast an eye on some of the leading concepts, such as the Audi Nanuk, Jaguar C-X17, Kia Niro and Infiniti Q30 concepts, we'd be writing exclusively about concept cars until the Geneva Motor Show if we tried to give every concept vehicle in Frankfurt its own spotlight. So, we’ve compiled a one-stop concept vehicle gallery showcasing everything from compact urban commuter vehicles, such as the Smart Fourjoy and Citroen Cactus, through to drool-worthy luxury from the likes of the Mercedes S-Class Coupe and Cadillac Elmiraj. We also take another look at those aforementioned concepts we’ve already covered in detail.

So check out the gallery and have a go at predicting which designs and technologies will make it into future production vehicles, and which will be relegated to the concept car scrap heap.

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The Citroen Hybrid Air to me seems like the most interesting concept, and not a new idea either. Likely why they put it in such a mundane package.

The rest of the cars are just an exercise in panel, light and grill design. Same old internal combustion junk with garnish, and lets throw the odd mild electric in there to for the green appeal.

And notice how many of those designs are actually centered around the middle to lower income family type car, representing the 90% purchase. Almost none. All impractical off-road and track car variants with impractical tires for the real world.


the quanttro nanuk looks interesting, but I cannot say much about the rest. The new design language of these vehicles are somewhat meh. I like how audi is pushing their twin turbo diesel technology in their sports cars. Fast and fuel efficient is always fun, but SUVs are not my cup of tea. Now if they put that same powerplant in a 4 door or wagon variant with slightly aggressive suspension and decent handling, they would easily have a customer.

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