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Weekly Recap: ShowTakeaways From The Frankfurt Motor Show

On Monday, September 21st, 2015

We obsessively covered the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, and naturally, we selected our favorites from this fall’s biggest automotive event. Now that the dust has settled, we’re looking ahead to what it all means. Here are three takeaways from the floor in Frankfurt.

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The Germans are serious about electric vehicles:

It’s a bit cliché to say BMW, Mercedes, and Audi have downplayed electrics in favor of other technologies, like diesels. For a time that may have been true, but those three companies, along with Porsche and Volkswagen, are emerging as leaders in EV development. That was on display in Frankfurt, when all of them revealed either all-electric or plug-in hybrid models. Gas prices are relatively low in the United States, but clearly the Germans are thinking long-term and globally.

Everyone is serious about SUVs:

You gotta have one, even if you’re Bentley or Jaguar. It’s 2015 and it’s what consumers want. As Jaguar design director Ian Callum put it, “Not to be in the sector would be a little naïve for the sake of purity.” It’s not just the flashy exotic luxury makers. Nissan showed the Gripz concept, which is rakish, radical, and meant to blend traits of SUVs and sports cars into a vehicle that really crosses over. Look for more, especially in the luxury sector, asRolls-Royce, Lamborghini, and Aston Martin ramp up their own SUV efforts.

There’s no ceiling to the luxury market:

Speaking of high-end cars, companies are continuing to invest in extravagant wares beyond just SUVs. Even during the recession, ultra-luxury makers remained relevant, and now they’re back at full stride. In Frankfurt, that was illustrated by yet another S-Class model, the cabriolet, which will come in S550 and S63 AMGvariants in the United States. Ferrari also showed off the 488 Spider, and Lamborghini opened up the Huracan LP 610-4 Spyder. Meanwhile, Bugatti’s Vision Grand Turismo concept reminded enthusiasts that it’s plotting life after the Veyron. European auto shows always draw the glitziest reveals from luxury makers, and this year didn’t disappoint.

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