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The Top Five Concept Cars That Should Go into Production at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show

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Held only in odd-numbered years, the Frankfurt  show is a premiere European new-car festival, and as such many of the vehicles  shown will never see the light of day on American shores. But tehre’s still  plenty there to keep us Yanks occupied. Show organizers say there were 63  different vehicle debuts, including concept  cars and production vehicles. We narrowed that list down to our five  favorites, with our sole criteria being what we’ll likely see in the U.S., and  how much we loved the concept.

 

5. Land  Rover DC-100 Sport Concept

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Slated to pick up the sacred “Defender” name, the DC-100 puts an interesting  spin on Land Rover’s workhorse. All of the expected styling cues such as a  short, square profile and the signature exposed spare tire are present on Land  Rover’s newest depiction of the iconic Defender. Sadly, the Defender won’t hit  the production line until 2015 and to add insult to injury, the company is still  on the fence about it coming stateside.

4. Kia GT

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Kia continues its quest to change its image with compelling new vehicles at a  torrid pace. The Kia GT will increase those numbers dramatically once it enters  production in 2015. The rear-wheel drive GT has a turbocharged 395-horsepower  3.3-liter V-6 mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, plus styling  that’s as sexy as anything else seen on the Frankfurt show floor.

3. Fisker Surf

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The Surf is a wagon version of Fisker’s luxurious Karma four-door plug-in  hybrid. With a big rear-end the Surf can hold its fair share of cargo with 28.9  cubic feet of space for goods when the rear seats are folded down. However, with  a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine the Surf is capable of producing  403 horsepower, which may disrupt daily errands. The same electric powertrain  system that propels the Fisker Karma also pulls the Surf along and contributes  to the overall horsepower number. The Fisker Surf will go on sale to the public  in 2013.

2. Jaguar  C-X16

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Jaguar’s latest concept has heads turning with its sleek design that bites  off styling cues from the up-and-coming C-X75 supercar. What’s even better is  that the production version of the C-X16 will cost nowhere near the supercar’s  $1 million price tag. What will be included is a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 that  produces 375 horsepower. Jaguar could have designed the C-X16 to pay tribute to  the iconic E-Type but instead went the futuristic route. We think that’s a good  choice.

1. Ford Evos

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The Ford Evos was the Grand Poobah of the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. The  sleek concept had command of all eyes in the room from the moment it was  unveiled. While some interior features won’t make it to the production line Ford  says don’t expect the front end to change much. Two gull wing doors swing up to  the sky allowing passengers to climb in and out while two smaller doors serve as  cargo hatches. While Ford hasn’t come out and officially said the 2013 concept  Evos will hit the production line, with looks like it has and the reception it  received, how can it not?

bonus video : Frankfurt motor show 2011 video review round-up  by autocar

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