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Frankfurt Motor Show 2015 Best Concept Cars

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Some of the most entertaining exhibits at big international motor shows are the concept cars. While many are outlandish efforts designed to showcase how daring and creative manufacturers can be, realistically when production costs and safety regulations are taken into account, few of these will go into production in anything like their original form. However, others are thinly veiled attempts to gauge public reaction to planned future releases. Frankfurt Motor Show 2015 contained a healthy mix of bombastic one offs and interesting, certain to be released, future production models and concept cars.

Citroen Cactus M

Cross the Citroen C4 Cactus with the old Citroen Mehari beach buggy and this is what you get. It's essentially a jacked up Cactus with a tent on the roof and industry rumour has been predicting a production version of this for some time. Neat ideas include a waterproof interior that can be hosed down for easy cleaning - it's not at all high tech but bound to be welcomed by parents. Well done, Citroen.

Seat Leon Cross Sport

Also tipped for production status is this lovechild of a Seat Leon X-Perience and the hot hatch Cupra 290. For once, the 'S' of SUV has been prioritised with 300bhp and a 0-62mph time to match the VW Golf R. The Cross Sport is, in effect, a three door hatchback but has been jacked up by 41mm for a bit of extra ground clearance - the 'U' in SUV.

Land Rover Defender Pedal Car

The last production Defender is to bear a price tag of £10,000 - and is to be driven by children... A full production version will be introduced next year but the attention to detail put into this miniature includes its own chassis number.

Mazda Koeru

Mazda may be playing a bit coy here, announcing this coupe style SUV as a concept, because it could probably go straight into production in its present form. With 21 inch alloy wheels, the Koeru could provide a sportier alternative to the CX-5 in Mazda's line up, and could appropriately join the gang as the CX-4.

Mercedes-Benz IAA

This space age looking piece of metal is classed by Mercedes as a four door coupe, and boasts a remarkable Cd 0.19 drag co-efficient. Apparently, the car's shape actually adjusts itself to become more aerodynamic at higher speeds. The IAA runs a plug-in hybrid powertrain with 279bhp.

Peugeot Fractal

The French firm has a history of coming up with playful concepts for motor shows and presented an 'urban coupe' at Frankfurt. The aggressive looking exterior clothes the upcoming new version of the 308's i-Cockpit, with a touchpad equipped tiny steering wheel and a 7.7 inch head up display. Don't expect to see the Fractal ever reach the road but, no doubt, certain of its features will make their way to forthcoming new Peugeot models.

Porsche Mission E

One of the most exciting and unexpected events at Frankfurt was Porsche's four seat, four wheel drive electric sports car. It's bold but not outrageous and uses two electric motors for a power output of 600bhp. With a 0-62mph time of 3.5 seconds and a 312 mile range, it presents a creditable challenge to the Tesla Model S.

Nissan Gripz Coupe crossovers were everywhere at Frankfurt and look certain to be the next big thing in automotive trends. Nissan claims it's not meant to represent a new model but more to preview future design ideas. It looks very imposing but is actually a little smaller than the Juke and a production version would form part of a future range of Z-cars from Nissan.

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