Frankfurt Motor Show: our favourites
Top Gear's resident experts with our picks from Germany
Posted: 13 Sep 2013
Piers Ward, Senior Road Test Editor, Top Gear magazine
We've seen it countless times in photos, we've been inundated with numerous press releases, but it's not until you've sat in an i3 that you realise how special this thing is. Little touches are what count - the exposed carbon sills to remind you what it's made of, the weird felt-like material on the dash that shouts ‘I'm futuristic'. This is a game-changer, something that I think will genuinely alter the car market. Electric gets interesting.
Audi Nanuk quattro (above)
It's an obvious choice because it's one of the few ‘surprise' concepts (and journos get giddy around shiny surprises), but the Nanuk looks intriguing. It's massive - much wider than you'd think, and with interestingly high-profile tyres. And it's also got a hugely powerful diesel engine, mid-mounted, and comes with four-wheel drive. Audi R8 performance with an ability to head off-road? Yes please.
Hyundai is being punchy with this new car - not only has it launched it in VW's back yard, but it's also claiming the i10 will trounce the VW Up on space, price and quality. I had a sit in it, and the Koreans could well be right. Material finish is excellent, as is the amount of interior volume. Korea gets fighty.