The game-changing cars and concepts at the Frankfurt auto show

Rear-hinged doors sit open on a Renault Symbioz concept car during the Frankfurt Auto Show. Internet-connected, ...

Rear-hinged doors sit open on a Renault Symbioz concept car during the Frankfurt Auto Show. Internet-connected, autonomous, and electric, the Symbioz is meant to integrate itself (get it?) into the driver’s home when not in use, functioning as an additional room to the house when it’s not being driven. According to Renault, it can go 500 kilometres with 661 brake horsepower and 660 newton metres of torque and can hit 100kmh in fewer than six seconds. The 72-kilowatt-hour battery will charge to 80 per cent full in 20 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

International Motor Show, automakers showed the heights and depths of their ingenuity. Relatively speaking, of course.

Ferrari showed an “entry level” supercar, the Portofino, while Mercedes-Benz showed the ultimate Formula One-inspired car it could conceive, the nearly NZ$4 million AMG Project One.

Lamborghini discussed the eventuality of hybridisation within its fleet; Jaguar showed off an all-electric E-Type meant to show how the automaker is moving toward electric totality within its ranks.

A Daimler Smart Vision EQ fortwo electric autonomous self-driving concept automobile at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show.

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A Daimler Smart Vision EQ fortwo electric autonomous self-driving concept automobile at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show.

And while BMW said there is “no dramatic drop” in the popularity of diesel technology in its cars, it simultaneously unveiled its biggest SUV ever and gave the tiny i3 electric car a makeover to boost its sex appeal.

Call it schizophrenic, but there was plenty to see-including a bevy of electric concepts. The gallery above are exciting cars from the show floor in Frankfurt in 2017.

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