Frankfurt report: Part II

Following up on the first impressions from Frankfurt (which focused on VAG’s offerings) here is Part II:

Mercedes-Benz “Concept IAA”

Mercedes-Benz Concept IAA – Mercedes’ typical “out there” concept with a striking front that includes a light-up grille, super-slick silhouette and an extending, well, ass that all contribute to super-low 0.19 drag coefficient. Possible elements of the design will make it onto the next CLS, but I really hope they scale down the grille!

Verdict: Hit

Hyundai Vision G Coupe Concept

Hyundai Vision G Coupe concept – Hyundai’s latest effort to make a truly upscale car, this one is surpringly nice. Sure, the design owes a bit too much to Infiniti (swoopiness of the design, those vents behind the front wheels) and Cadillac (rear 3/4s), but if they could replicate 50% of this in production form it would be a big step in the right direction.

Verdict: HIT

Nissan Grips concept

Nissan Gripz concept – The much talked-about crossover “Z car”, the Gripz looks like a car version of those super-shiny sports sneakers worn by basketball players. Would you want to drive one, though? If anything, this feels like a step back from the Juke…

Verdict: Miss

Mazda Koeru Concept

Mazda Koeru concept – the car many be little more than a sexed-up preview of the incoming CX-9, but in the process the design manages to look more cohesive and sporty than the overly blocky Audi Quattro concept.

Verdict: HIT

Toyota Concept HHR

Toyota C-HR concept – another over-designed preview of Toyota’s incoming Juke-fighter, the C-HR does not look half bad in a crazy sort of way, but we already know that if we tone down such a design for production the end result will be pretty dire; just look at what happened to the GT-86…

Verdict: MISS


Infiniti Q30 – the production version of the Q30 ends up being surprisingly close to the concept, which is for the most part a great thing. With a decent interior, this is the car that might finally help Infiniti crack the European nut.

Verdict: Hit

Renault Megane

Renault Megane – Renault’s attempt to carry the spark of the Clio Mk IV into the compact class ends up being a bit like Fiat’s similar efforts with the Bravo/Brava in the 90s – classier than the Clio (Punto) for sure, but not quite classy enough to challenge the Golf, with a rather boring profile and contrived lights. Not sure this is what the market wants, but we’ll see…

Verdict: Miss

About Krzysztof Wozniak

Kriss grew up in Poland reading German car magazines, before moving to England and graduating to the British magazines, which he still considers the best in the world and continues reading them after he’d moved to the US. In college he promised himself he’s buy himself a used Porsche before he turned 30 (not to be accused of having a mid-life crisis), but instead family needs dictated a Subaru Outback. Still waiting for that perfect moment to buy a used 2008-ish Cayman…
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