Auto show gives car fa­nat­ics look into the fu­ture

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Local News -

FRANKFURT, GER­MANY » From fright­en­ingly fast hy­per­cars to new elec­tric SUVs, the Frankfurt auto show is a ma­jor event for car lovers want­ing to get a glimpse of the fu­ture.

Though over­shad­owed by scan­dals over diesel en­gine emis­sions, big man­u­fac­tur­ers like BMW, Volk­swa­gen and Daim­ler took ad­van­tage of the show to un veil the new mod­els they will sell in com­ing years as well as pro­to­types that are not meant for sale but show­case tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vances.

In the high-end lux­ury mar­ket, Daim­ler had For­mula One driver Lewis Hamil­ton drive in on stage on the new Mercedes-Benz-AMG Project ONE, a two-seat hy- brid with over 1,000 horse­power and a top speed of 350 kph (217 mph), while Rolls-Royce showed off the eighth gen­er­a­tion of the Phan­tom.

Among the cars peo­ple can more eas­ily af­ford were com­pact SUVs like the Volk­swa­gen T-Roc, Kia Stonic, Citroen C3 Air­cross, and Seat Arona.

With gov­ern­ments plan­ning to phase out sales of gas and diesel en­gines, elec­tric car­swere also a big fo­cus through­out the show. Daim­ler’s EQ fortwo com­pact ve­hi­cle drew looks for its sleek de­sign, as did BMW’s i Vi­sion Dy­nam­ics, a four-door con­cept car that could ri­val Tesla in the lux­ury elec­tric auto mar­ket.

The show is open to the pub­lic from Sept. 16 through Sept. 24.

MICHAEL PROBST — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Mod­els present the Smart vi­sion EQ fortwo at a pre­sen­ta­tion of Mercedes-Benz on the first me­dia day of the In­ter­na­tional Frankfurt Mo­tor Show IAA in Frankfurt, Ger­many, Tues­day, Sept. 12, 2017, which runs through Sept. 24, 2017. From fright­en­ingly fast hy­per­cars to new elec­tric SUVs, the Frankfurt auto show is a ma­jor event for car lovers want­ing to get a glimpse of the fu­ture.

UWE ANSPACH — DPA VIA AP

For­mula One driver Lewis Hamil­ton ar­rives in a Mercedes-AMG Project One car dur­ing a press pre­sen­ta­tion at the Mercedes-Benz stand on the first me­dia day of the Frankfurt Mo­tor Show IAA in Frankfurt, Ger­many, Tues­day, Sept. 12, 2017. From fright­en­ingly fast hy­per­cars to new elec­tric SUVs, the Frankfurt auto show is a ma­jor event for car lovers want­ing to get a glimpse of the fu­ture.

MARTIN MEISSNER — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

An Audi Ai­con con­cept car is un­veiled on the stand of Volk­swa­gen dur­ing the first me­dia day of the In­ter­na­tional Frankfurt Mo­tor Show IAA.

MARTIN MEISSNER — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

BMW i vi­sion dy­nam­ics is pre­sented at a BMWevent dur­ing the first me­dia day of the In­ter­na­tional Frankfurt Mo­tor Show IAA.

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