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  • 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.

    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.
    Associated Press

  • 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. (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. (Uwe Anspach/dpa via AP)
    Associated Press

  • BMW i vision dynamics is presented at a BMW event during 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.

    BMW i vision dynamics is presented at a BMW event during 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.
    Associated Press

  • A Mercedes-AMG Project One hyper car has its world premiere during an event of German carmaker Mercedes-Benz on the eve of the opening of the International Frankfurt Motor Show IAA in Frankfurt, Germany, Monday, Sept. 11, 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.

    A Mercedes-AMG Project One hyper car has its world premiere during an event of German carmaker Mercedes-Benz on the eve of the opening of the International Frankfurt Motor Show IAA in Frankfurt, Germany, Monday, Sept. 11, 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.
    Associated Press

  • VW CEO Matthias Mueller sits in a Sedric self-driving vehicle during an event of German car maker Volkswagen on the eve of the opening of the International Frankfurt Motor Show IAA in Frankfurt, Germany, Monday, Sept. 11, 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.

    VW CEO Matthias Mueller sits in a Sedric self-driving vehicle during an event of German car maker Volkswagen on the eve of the opening of the International Frankfurt Motor Show IAA in Frankfurt, Germany, Monday, Sept. 11, 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.
    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 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.

    An Audi Aicon concept car is unveiled on the stand of Volkswagen during 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.
    Associated Press

  • Visitors wait for the Ferrari presentation during 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.

    Visitors wait for the Ferrari presentation during 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.
    Associated Press

  • Visitors take photographs of the chassis of an Audi A8 plug-in-hybrid on the second media day of the IAA Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 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.

    Visitors take photographs of the chassis of an Audi A8 plug-in-hybrid on the second media day of the IAA Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 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.
    Associated Press

  • A Rolls-Royce is being presented during the press presentation of the car manufacturer BMW at 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. (Andreas Arnold/dpa via AP)

    A Rolls-Royce is being presented during the press presentation of the car manufacturer BMW at 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. (Andreas Arnold/dpa via AP)
    Associated Press

  • Two men take a closer look at a Audi R8 V10 plus on the second media day of the IAA Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 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.

    Two men take a closer look at a Audi R8 V10 plus on the second media day of the IAA Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 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.
    Associated Press

  • Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche looks on as a staff member pushes a defect electric vehicle off the stage 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. (Uwe Anspach/dpa via AP)

    Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche looks on as a staff member pushes a defect electric vehicle off the stage 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. (Uwe Anspach/dpa via AP)
    Associated Press

  • Visitors surround the Mercedes-AMG Project One hyper car during 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.

    Visitors surround the Mercedes-AMG Project One hyper car during 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.
    Associated Press

  • Visitor use VR goggles to see a presentation of Seat at the Volkswagen stand 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.

    Visitor use VR goggles to see a presentation of Seat at the Volkswagen stand 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.
    Associated Press

  • A Volkswagen Touareg stands upside down in front of the fair ground of the IAA Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. The environmental organization Greenpeace installed the car the day before to protest against the car industry. 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.

    A Volkswagen Touareg stands upside down in front of the fair ground of the IAA Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. The environmental organization Greenpeace installed the car the day before to protest against the car industry. 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.
    Associated Press

  • Asian visitors look at a model of a Porsche Cayenne on the second Media day of the IAA Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 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.

    Asian visitors look at a model of a Porsche Cayenne on the second Media day of the IAA Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 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.
    Associated Press

  • A model sits in the back of a Mercedes van 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.

    A model sits in the back of a Mercedes van 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.
    Associated Press

 
 

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 unveil 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 hybrid 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 cars were 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.

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