German engineers, designers and marketing executives who have spent the last four or five years of their lives bringing the new cars to market, have got things that can really impress the public at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Audi E-Tron Quattro EV Concept:
Audi’s fresh, clean exterior design, 310-mile range, and 50-minute charge time for the E-Tron Quattro electric luxury crossover mean Musk & Co. will have a serious competitor in the all-electric space, perhaps for the first time—though we won’t see the new Audi in production form until some time in 2018. A serious EV with an Audi-like interior and without a beta-test release cycle may well turn eyes and dollars away from today’s Electric Jesus.
Volkswagen Tiguan it's roomier and it sheds weight. And the Volkswagen Tiguan that's coming to the U.S. market will be even larger, finally making the great-driving, nicely styled crossover a competitive entrant. This Tiguan is a smart update to the first gen, but I'm most impressed by the tech on board: A 12.3-inch full-color instrument cluster is impressive technology inside what is essentially an affordable family crossover.
BMW 7 Series
Bavaria’s flagship always has been the brand’s most expressive sedan. Save for the diamond-tufted leather seats cribbed from Bentley, the new model looks more like a mid-cycle refresh. You know you’re in trouble when the only feature anyone talks about is the touchscreen-keyfob.