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In the driver’s seat: Top 10 cars at Frankfurt’s IAA motor-show

autos Updated: Sep 19, 2015 19:28 IST
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People visit the booth of German carmaker BMW at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany.(REUTERS)

Futuristic cars, smart technologies, or simply the latest models set to arrive in showrooms soon: here is a list of 10 cars not to be missed at the IAA auto show, which opens its doors to the public from Saturday until September 27.

Porsche Mission E Concept

One of the biggest attractions during the media-only days earlier this week, the four-door electric sports car has the look of the premium maker’s iconic 911 crossed with something out of Star Wars.

The dazzling white vehicle has a 600 horse-power electric engine and a range of 500 kilometres (300 miles) on a single charge.

It can accelerate from zero to 100 kilometres per hour in 3.5 seconds and has a top speed of 250 kilometres per hour. Porsche says Mission E can be 80% charged in just 15 minutes.

The new electric Porsche Mission E concept car is presented during the Volkswagen group night at the Fraport arena prior to the 66th IAA auto show in Frankfurt am Main, Western Germany, on September 14, 2015 (AFP)

Audi E-Tron Quattro Concept

While Porsche has given no date for when its Mission E might go into production, rival German maker Audi plans to launch its e-tron quattro concept, a fully-electric sports utility ehicle with a range of 500 kilometres, commercially in 2018.

The new Audi A4 2.0 T quattro is presented during the Volkswagen group night ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany, September 14, 2015 (REUTERS)

Mercedes-Benz IAA Concept

Another German, Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz, has given its IAA Concept an even more space-age design, with retractable rear wings to make it more aerodynamic and give it a spectacular profile.

The Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion concept car is pictured at the booth of Mercedes-Benz during the media day at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany (AFP)

Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo

Bugatti delves deeper into its box of stylistic tricks to give its Vision Gran Turismo the look of a steroid-doped version of its already muscular Veyron.

The Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo is presented at Volkswagen Group Night at the Fraport arena prior to the 66th IAA auto show in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany on September 14, 2015. Volkswagen group showed their latest models and automotive concepts from the brands Volkswagen, Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Ducati, Lamborghini, Porsche, Seat and Skoda (AFP Photo) (AFP)

Bentley Bentayga

A few stands away, Bentley is showing off its first SUV, the Bentayga, with its imposing profile and ostentatious display of luxury. With a top speed of 301 kilometres per hour, it is the world’s fastest SUV and also its most expensive at more than 200,000 euros ($227,500).

Bentley Bentayga car is presented during the Volkswagen group night ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany, September 14, 2015 (REUTERS)

Jaguar F-Pace

Not quite so expensive, but also beyond the budget of the man on the street, the Jaguar F-Pace is also the brand’s first foray into the SUV segment. The maker, owned by India’s Tata group, has given the F-Pace an interior filled with plush carpets and fine leathers, combined with a high-tech look.

The new Jaguar F-Pace on display at the International Motor Show IAA in Frankfurt (EPA)

Opel Astra

Coming back down to earth to the mass-market models, German carmaker Opel is presenting the fifth and latest generation of its best-selling Astra model. It aims to be a direct rival to sector champion, Volkswagen’s Golf.

The new Opel Astra Sports Tourer is being presented at the Frankfurt Auto Show IAA in Frankfurt, Germany, Tuesday, September 15, 2015 (AP)

Renault Megane

In the same segment, Renault is presenting the fourth generation of its Megane in Frankfurt. The French carmaker has promised a hybrid version of the Megane for 2017 in a first for the group.

Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn presents the new Renault Megane car at the 66th IAA auto show in Frankfurt, western Germany, on September 15, 2015 (AFP)

Toyota Prius

Toyota, on the other hand, has long experience with hybrids and is showing off the fourth generation of its Prius since the car was first launched in 1997. The new version is designed to cut fuel consumption by 18%.

Visitors look at a Toyota Prius hybrid car at the International Motor Show IAA in Frankfurt (EPA)

Citroen Cactus M

The star on Citroen’s stand is a fun concept car, an open-topped, surfboard-rack-equipped version of its Cactus crossover with a tent on the back, pinching key design themes from the classic beach car, the Citroen Mehari.

A fair hostess poses by the “Cactus” concept car with its inflatable roof doubles turned into a tent at French carmaker Citroen booth during a press day of the 66th IAA auto show in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on September 15, 2015 (AFP)