Cars Coming Soon: Favorites from Frankfurt

Alfa Romeo 4C Concept

The Frankfurt International Motor Show has done it again.

And by “it” I mean increased my excitement about cars that will soon roam the streets of the United States.

From concepts to production models, many automakers are showing vehicles that have a great shot at coming to these shores soon.

Some of my favorites are below, even if one or two are longshots at ever breathing American air. But that’s the great thing about auto shows: There’s always hope.

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Frankfurt Auto Show Promises Exciting Future

Fisker Karma

Few auto shows get my pistons pumping like the affair in Frankfurt.

One of the top international car events, automakers use the Frankfurt International Motor Show to show off their radical concepts and introduce their most exciting new models meant to usher in new eras and create new generations of auto enthusiasts.

This year’s show, which opens to the public on Sept. 15, will be a fantasyland for anyone who’s been watching and waiting for the next big thing in the auto industry. New sports coupes from Kia and Toyota, electric supercars from unknown makers trying to break through, and, of course, wild and crazy experiments from everyone in between.

Let the good times roll!

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Green Update: Audi A2 Concept—More Flash for Frankfurt

Audi A2 concept

According to many blog writers, and I would agree, Audi is out to make a smash at Frankfurt—and, incidentally, fill out its A-line with cars small and large. Its goal with the A2 concept, futuristic and glitzy, has to be to take market share from the MINI Cooper or Countryman.

It’s about the same size as the Cooper hatch, seats four more comfortably than the Cooper and stresses functionality and configuration in its interior. The floor is flat, the power is electric (“for agile performance and long range” – no other details), and the press release describes a bunch of radical lighting characteristics.

The designers are in love with LEDs. They’ve created special headlights, “intelligent” taillights that change brightness with road conditions and brake pedal pressure, plus a band of light that runs around the car:

Integrated approach sensors detect the owner and unlock the doors via gesture control. While driving, the dynamic light functions as a continuous side marker light. If the car’s indicator [turn signal?] is activated, light impulses run throughout the entire band of light.

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Cars Coming Soon: Frankfurt to Offer Glimpse Into Ford’s Future

Aside from the Ford Mustang and F-150 Raptor, Ford design hasn’t exactly been as cutting edge as its some of its competitors lately.

Disagree? Compare the Ford Focus to the Hyundai Elantra. Or the Kia Forte. Or even the new Volkswagen Jetta. Case closed.

However, that could change soon, as Ford plans to unveil four global products at next month’s Frankfurt Auto Show, including a new major design concept and details on the next Focus performance car.

Focus RS anyone? We don’t know if that’s what Ford has among the surprises, but just the thought is enough to get the pistons churning.

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