Frankfurt Motor Show

  • ContiAdapt and ContiSense concept tires

    It's always amazing to see what tire manufacturers are dreaming up for the future. Most of the time, it's a concept based in the distant future when nano bots are able to repair your self-healing tires as your autonomous pod whisks you to an AI-controlled beachfront home. This time, however, Continental is looking a bit closer in the not-too-distant future and its focus is on safety. Both the ContiSense and ContiAdapt concept tires were shown off at the Frankfurt auto show. With each, the main goal is on creating a tire than can adapt and provide a safer driving experience based on a number...

  • BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage R concept, 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
    BMW bringing back CSL nameplate as part of 4-tier M strategy

    Right now, if you want the most potent version of a BMW M model, the GTS badge represents the top of the ladder. There is only one on offer, the M4 GTS. Soon, however, the GTS is likely to go away, and in its place we will find a CSL badge. In fact, multiple M cars could get the badge. These will...

  • The new 2018 Suzuki Swift Sport
    Suzuki debuts an all-new 2018 Swift Sport in Frankfurt

    Suzuki bowed out of the U.S. market in late 2012. Its final products were actually well-built machines in the Kizashi mid-size sedan and SX4 compact hatchback. The problem was that no one was buying them, you couldn't find a dealership even if you wanted to buy one, and brand awareness on the auto...

  • 2011 Infiniti Etherea Concept
    Infiniti, Mercedes-Benz Announce Platform Sharing For Etherea-Based Crossover

    The partnership between Renault-Nissan and Daimler will bear its first major fruit in 2014. Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renault-Nissan, has announced Infiniti will base an upcoming luxury compact on a Mercedes-Benz platform. Nissan and Daimler made their partnership official last April, stating at the...

  • Ford Evos concept live photos, 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show
    Ford Evos Concept Live Photos: 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

    A plug-in hybrid sports coupe from Ford? That's the Evos Concept, and though it's a front-driver, the design is sleek, modern and clean, and it's serving as a preview of the future of Ford's Kinetic design theme. It's also a look into the near-ish future of Ford powertrains, airing a...

  • 2011 Aston Martin V12 Zagato
    Aston Martin V12 Zagato Design, Engineering In Detail: Video

    Live from the floor of the Frankfurt Auto Show, Aston Martin director of design Marek Reichman and product development director Ian Minards talk in detail about the V12 Zagato, its prototype history, and the design and engineering that go into it. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the V12 Zagato shares some...

  • Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale live photos

    Earlier this week we brought you the first official details and images of the limited-edition Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale, and now we have live images direct from its debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. The images show just what you'd expect: one mean-looking Gallardo. As we noted in the original coverage, the mean look isn't just aesthetic. Those modifications are functional, largely derived from Lamborghini's Blancpain Super Trofeo spec series. Check out our previous post for all the details, and then head over to our dedicated 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show page to see...

  • Audi Urban Concept launch, 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show
    Audi Urban Spyder Concept Mega-Gallery: 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

    The Audi Urban Concept is one of those cars we love and hate at the same time. Why? Because it's achingly cool in a futuristic, these-are-the-cars-we-were-promised-as-kids kind of way, but at the same time, still completely out of reach for the real world. The Spyder just adds to the discord with...

  • 2012 Mercedes DTM AMG C-Coupe
    2012 Mercedes DTM AMG C-Coupe: 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

    Like its recently-unveiled Audi and BMW counterparts, the 2012 Mercedes DTM AMG C-Coupe is built around a carbon fiber monocoque, finned like a mutant manta ray, and powered by a 500-horsepower 4.0-liter V-8 engine. We want one. Unfortunately, the roughly 2,300-pound (with driver) DTM AMG C-Coupe...

  • 2013 Lexus GS 450h live photos
    2013 Lexus GS 450h Live Photos: 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

    Revealed in detail yesterday ahead of its official unveiling in Frankfurt today, the 2013 Lexus GS 450h shows its hybrid mettle in a metallic silver paint job. Will it have the right stuff to take on the Infiniti M35h? It certainly looks the part. The 3.5-liter V-6's high compression ratio and...

  • 2011 Volkswagen Beetle R Concept live photos
    Volkswagen Beetle R Concept Preview, Live Photos: 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

    Sharing its core underpinnings with the Golf has raised some questions as to why one might prefer the Beetle, though the car's iconic aesthetics are the obvious reason. It turns out that sharing is a good thing for performance fans, though, as Volkswagen has unveiled a Beetle R Concept today in...

  • Bentley Mulsanne Executive Interior Concept
    Bentley Mulsanne Executive Interior Concept: 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

    If your wallet is too small for all your crisp new $100 bills and your seventh home in Monaco is starting to feel a bit claustrophobic, perhaps you need to upgrade your Bentley Mulsanne to the new Executive Interior Concept unveiled today in Frankfurt and go for a drive. That's right: if your...

  • 2011 Alfa Romeo 4C Concept live photos

    First shown at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, the original Alfa Romeo 4C Concept grabbed us by the throat and got our attention with its stunning looks, light weight, and high performance. The revised concept unveiled today in Frankfurt keeps that aggressive attraction going. Still weighing in at a scant 1,875 pounds and turning out more than 200 horsepower from its 1.75-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, the 4C Concept tantalizes with its performance potential. Mix in the dual-clutch transmission, mid-engine layout, and its graceful curves and you have a recipe for greatness. The updates for the...

  • 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series
    2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series Live Photos: 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

    When we took the wheel of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe on the Circuito Monteblanco in Spain earlier this year, we knew AMG had something special on its hands. Far more focused and capable on track, it is a true competitor to the BMW M3. The Black Series takes the car to yet another level of...

  • Volvo Concept You
    Volvo Concept You Preview: 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

    Billed as an evolution of the Concept Universe, the latest forward-looking design out of Volvo is the Concept You, unveiled today in Frankfurt. Taking the full-size sedan conceptualization to the next level might hint that plans for a futuristic Volvo flagship might not be as dead as previously...

  • 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster
    2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster Live Photos: 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

    Though the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster has already made its North American debut at Laguna Seca, complete with a video walkaround from product manager Rob Moran, we can't skip the opportunity to bring you these live images from the floor of the Frankfurt show. The Frankfurt showing is...

  • Ford Fiesta ST Concept live photos
    Ford Fiesta ST Concept Live Photos: 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

    Unveiled this morning to the web's salivating hordes of hot-hatch mongers, the Fiesta ST Concept is a tantalizing piece of small-footprint sportiness. And it looks just as good in person as it does in the official images. Dressed in a sharp shade of red with some nice five-spoke alloy wheels and...

  • 2013 Fisker Surf
    2013 Fisker Surf Preview: 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

    Shooting brake, n.: (1) A sports car, generally a two-door coupe, with an elongated roof and hatchback-like rear cargo area; (2) completely awesome. The 2013 Fisker Surf, though it's a five-door and perhaps more accurately categorized as a sports hatchback or as a member of the funky new breed of...

  • 2015 Infiniti electric luxury sedan teaser sketch

    Infiniti's mainstream sister brand, Nissan, has been selling the LEAF electric vehicle just about as quickly as it can build it, but so far, there's been no luxury version for the premium marque. That's going to change in 2014 according to a speech given by Shiro Nakamura, Infiniti's chief creative officer and senior vice president, at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show today. Very few details on what's planned for the new Infiniti electric car were revealed, but Nakamura did confirm it will be a compact sedan, that it will have a bold design (Nakamura cited the Etherea concept as an example of...

  • Ford Fiesta ST Concept
    Ford Fiesta ST Concept Preview: 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

    Though its bigger, production-bound brother, the 2012 Focus ST, stole the hot-hatch limelight yesterday, today Ford released the Fiesta ST Concept, and it just might be the more interesting of the two. Packing a 177-horsepower turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine inside an exterior that...

  • Ford Focus ST five-door, Frankfurt Motor Show, September 2011
    2012 Ford Focus ST Hatchback Live Photos: 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

    Live photos of the upcoming 2012 Ford Focus ST from the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show give us a taste of what to expect when the car arrives here in the U.S.

  • 2011 Brabus High Performance 4WD Full Electric concept car
    Brabus All-Electric, AWD Mercedes-Benz E-Class: 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

    There's no dearth of delicious OEM sheet metal in the halls of the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, but that's no reason to overlook the aftermarket--particularly when it's as impressive as Brabus' all-electric rendition of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Powered by four in-wheel electric motors (making it...

  • 2012 Audi RS5 live photos
    2012 Audi RS5 Live Photos: 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

    We're finally getting some more RS loving from Audi, and it's coming in the svelte form of the 2012 RS5. Sure, we'll have to wait until next year, but for now, we have these live images of the car from the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. With a 450-horsepower, 4.2-liter V-8, quattro all-wheel drive, and...

  • 2012 Bentley Continental GTC live photos
    2012 Bentley Continental GTC Live Photos: 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

    Six liters of W-12 goodness. Five-hundred sixty-seven horsepower. A convertible top. Classic style through a modern lens. The 2012 Bentley Continental GTC. When the 2012 Continental GTC first showed its face to the web in August, it revealed the characteristically fine craftwork and attention to...

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