IAA Frankfurt Round-Up: Top Best Connected Cars/Suppliers: Magna, Porsche, MINI, BMW, Mercedes, VW, Adient, Honda & DENSO

The Frankfurt IAA International Motor Show will show some of the top best new cars and suppliers Visitors to the 67th Frankfurt Motor Show will see more than 1,000 exhibits and 200-plus vehicle premieres. AUTO Connected Car News has rounded-up the top cars, events and demos to see. German automakers are obviously will have the largest presence including BMW, Audi, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche as well as European automakers such as Citroen and Ferrari . Also showing new cars will be Asian automakers Hyundai,Toyota and Honda.

New Mobility World: Connected and Autonomous Cars & Data

The German version of AutoMobility LA will feature many of the top best exhibitors, suppliers and automakers in the connected car space. The events are free but you need to register.

Companies such as AVL, Blablacar, IBM, Kaspersky, moovel, NXP, Siemens, Vulog and what3words twill present their latest services and technologies.

At the outdoor and indoor PARCOURS, you will be able to experiment and play with the latest products and prototypes of Audi, Bosch, Continental, Daimler, Marquardt, Volkswagen and ZF.

NMW17 speakers that you will be able to listen to on the FORUM stage:

Claire Dorland-Clauzel, EVP Sustainable Development, Michelin
Steve Mollenkopf, CEO, Qualcomm
Dr. Sigrid Nikutta, CEO, Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG)
Peter Rawlinson, CTO, Lucid Motors
Rupert Stadler, CEO, Audi AG
Brigitte Zypries, German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy

There are NMW Lab17 pitch sessions, where 10 mobility startups will present their product and service and compete for a chance to win a prize.

Topic include green, connected cities, startup challenges, IoT,

Events are from the Forum Stage on September 14and 15.

Level-4 Self-Driving from Magna

Within it all, there is one automotive tech supplier with deep systems knowledge across the entire automobile: Magna. Magna will demonstrate its full capabilities and autonomous drive platform technologies:

  • 360-Degree Capabilities Demonstrator
    This vehicle reflects Magna’s complete capabilities. It is, quite literally, a 360-degree view of Magna’s product, process and materials expertise. Guests can learn more about the capabilities shown and look into the future of the technology with an interactive display wall.
  • Advanced Driver Assistance Simulator
    Take a virtual ride through time and see the impact of various ADAS technologies and how they may change with the future of mobility.
  • MAX4 Demonstrator
    Experience a dynamic demonstration of Magna’s scalable autonomous driving platform, which makes Level 4 autonomy possible.

Magna’s expertise across multiple product areas allows the company to develop technologies and systems that it believes no other supplier can develop on its own. The company also supports its customers as one of few suppliers that contract manufactures cars, including the BMW 5 Series, the Jaguar I-Pace and E-Pace, and the Mercedes-Benz G-Class.

Magna will demo MAX4 at IAA. MAX4 combines cameras, RADAR, LiDAR and ultrasonic sensors with a compute platform that are designed for easy integration with any automakers’ existing and future platforms—including hybrid and electric vehicles. Additionally, Magna’s compute platform, scalable for high-volume production, is flexible, upgradeable and fully functional with a fraction of power requirements as compared to alternative solutions.

Magna has leveraged its full-vehicle expertise in its design of MAX4 to overcome traditional obstacles in the development and production of an autonomous driving platform.

Crucially, integration of MAX4 retains an automaker’s existing design and styling freedom for their vehicle, including not taking up cargo space in the rear of the vehicle and personal space in the main compartment.

One of the targets for Magna was to simplify the way drivers engage with autonomous driving systems including the option of an intuitive and familiar cruise-control-like user interface that is controlled through the press of a button. A lighted display indicates the vehicle is in autonomous mode, and drivers can disengage that mode via brake pedal or an emergency button.

Level 4 automation according to SAE International includes vehicles that can perform all safety-critical functions for the duration of a trip in a specified operational design domain with no input from a driver, save for destination or navigation input.

Continental Security

Continental will be providing some detailed insight into its end-to-end security solutions at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt am Main in September (Hall 5.1, Stand A07/A08).

Double Porsche Premier: Cayenne & 911

There will be a double Porsche premiere at the 67th International Motor Show (IAA). The Stuttgart-based sports car manufacturer will crown the recently unveiled and completely redeveloped Cayenne model line. There will also be an announcement on an adjustment to the 911 model line.

 Following the spectacular world premiere of the third generation Cayenne with 340 hp and the Cayenne S with 440 hp in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, the new top-of-the-range model is set to make its debut at the IAA. With an innovative chassis system and active aerodynamics, the new Porsche SUV achieves the driving dynamics of a sports car. Porsche will also present another sports car highlight in Frankfurt. Making 700 hp, the Porsche GT2 RS is the most powerful 911 of all time and will celebrate its auto show premiere.

The Porsche press conference will be held on Tuesday, September 12 at 11:30 a.m. (CET) at the Porsche auto show stand in Hall 3.0, Stand A12.

A live broadcast will be available to view in English and German in the Porsche Newsroom at the following link: newsroom.porsche.com/iaa2017.

MINI Personal Mobility in the City MINI Electric Concept

MINI is using the IAA Cars 2017 show in Frankfurt to showcase its take on future personal mobility in the city – in the form of the MINI Electric Concept. Designed for use in urban areas, this concept car offers a window into how pure-electric day-to-day mobility might look in the years ahead. And the MINI Electric Concept also brings the iconic design, city-dwelling heritage and customary go-kart feeling of the MINI brand into t

Urban mobility is ingrained into the MINI brand’s DNA; the city is its natural habitat. Indeed, this environment and the specific demands it places on a car provided the canvas from which the MINI design team brought the MINI Electric Concept to life.

It has been nearly ten years since MINI took a significant, pioneering step with the MINI E – and laid the foundations at the BMW Group for the development of electric mobility solutions to production readiness.

The British premium brand’s first series-production model with a plug-in hybrid drive system was presented in spring 2017 in the shape of the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4. The new model variant enables electric and therefore locally emission-free mobility for the first time. The all-electric MINI Electric Concept represents a seamless continuation of this bloodline. In the future, all electrified products from the MINI brand will be grouped together under the “MINI Electric” banner.

BMW Goes Electric

The new products unveiled at the 2017 Frankfurt show highlight the status of BMW as a manufacturer of vehicles that transmit unrivalled levels of emotional appeal with their inspirational design, trailblazing innovations and the driving pleasure for which the brand is renowned. BMW is also showcasing the latest technological developments for the future of personal mobility, in which powertrain electrification, comprehensive digitalisation and other advances in the field of automated driving will play a particularly important role.

New products and features from all the brands will be presented under the slogan “This is tomorrow. Now. Die Zukunft ist jetzt”.

Both the BMW Concept 8 Series and the BMW 7 Series Edition 40 Jahre are testimony to BMW’s expanded presence in the luxury segment. Other facets of driving pleasure are demonstrated at the 2017 Frankfurt show by the BMW Concept Z4, the new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo and the new BMW X3 respectively – including exhilarating open-air fun, elegance and long-distance comfort, not to mention multi-faceted sportiness. The know-how gleaned from competing in motor sport is a traditional component of the BMW brand’s DNA, and it endows the new BMW M8 GTE with ideal credentials for endurance racing. The new BMW M5, meanwhile, transfers these high-performance genes from track to road to stunning effect. The new edition of the BMW i3, which is making its debut appearance at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show together with the new and even sportier BMW i3s, illustrates just how closely the company associates driving pleasure with sustainability.

BMW Motorrad is also placing the spotlight on the intensely emotional and sustainable sides of mobility in Frankfurt. The exclusive BMW HP4 RACE for track use and the BMW Motorrad Concept Link, boasting an all-electric drive system and state-of-the-art connectivity technology, are joined by numerous other pioneering ideas for urban mobility in tomorrow’s world.

Mercedes-Benz: Future of Driving Performance 100 CARS: Hypercar, S-Class Coupé and S‑Class Cabriolet + Autonomous  CASE:“Connected”, “Autonomous”, “Shared” and “Electric”.

For its appearance at the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA) 2017, Mercedes-Benz is reinforcing its ambition to help shape the mobility of tomorrow. With the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE the sports car and performance brand is celebrating the highlight of its 50th anniversary. This hypercar with Formula 1 hybrid drive technology points the way to AMG’s “Future of Driving Performance”. A new smart showcar shows an intelligent solution for shared urban mobility. Further outlooks on the full electrification of the portfolio are provided by a concept car in the compact car segment and the GLC F‑CELL EQ Power, a pre-series model with fuel cell hybrid drive.

Also celebrating their world première at the show are the comprehensively updated S-Class Coupé and S‑Class Cabriolet in both the standard and AMG versions, which round off the model range. This will also be the show première of the new X‑Class, the pick-up by Mercedes-Benz. One key element of the trade fair presentation is the me Convention, a new joint event format for Mercedes-Benz and the South by Southwest® (SXSW®). There will be live events, such as the “Mercedes-Benz Media Night”, press conference, and the expert talks will be aired by livestream on the new Mercedes me media online platform.

All in all, Mercedes-Benz Cars is exhibiting around 100 vehicles in Frankfurt, among them several world premières of innovative concept cars. The Mercedes-AMG Project ONE is a near-series study of a hypercar. The hypercar’s series version will be the first ever automobile to feature genuine Formula 1 hybrid technology. With the new, electrically powered smart showcar, the brand is exhibiting a study by the recently founded product and technology brand EQ as a world première. This fully autonomously driving study is the first model to comprehensively embody all four pillars of the corporate strategy CASE: “Connected”, “Autonomous”, “Shared” and “Electric”. It stands for maximum mobility efficiency in and for the urban environment thanks to systematic further development of the carsharing concept, and makes the vision of individualised, highly flexible urban public transport a reality.

A further Mercedes-Benz world première will be the first, fully electric EQ concept vehicle within the compact car segment. With its “EQ” brand Mercedes-Benz will in future also offer compact vehicles with electrically driven power units to consequently make electromobility available for an important target group. A fuel cell plug-in hybrid vehicle will also make its first ever appearance at the event. The Mercedes-Benz GLC F‑CELL EQ Power combines practical advantages such as a long range (500 kilometres in the standard cycle) and short hydrogen fuelling times with locally emission-free driving. Also having their debut in Frankfurt are the comprehensively updated S‑C lass Coupé and S‑Class Cabriolet in the standard and AMG versions.

The Mercedes among pick-ups is celebrating its public première at the IAA show. The Mercedes-Benz X‑Class combines the typical attributes of a pick-up – robust, functional, durable, and suitable for off-road driving – with the classic strengths of a genuine Mercedes – design, comfort, driving dynamics, and safety. With its SUV design as a hallmark feature of the brand, the X‑Class fits smoothly into the Mercedes-Benz portfolio.

All in all, the IAA presentation by Mercedes-Benz fully reflects the CASE strategy, with the CASE City on the ground floor of the Festival Hall as the highlight. Presentations by moderators and vehicle displays will also take place its center.

The Mercedes-AMG Project ONE will celebrate its world premiere at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt: the two-seater supersports showcar for the first time brings the very latest and efficient, fully-fledged Formula 1 hybrid technology to the road. This high- performance hybrid has an output of over 1000 hp and a top speed exceeding 350 km/h. The showcar combines outstanding racetrack performance with day-to-day suitable Formula 1 hybrid technology and exemplary efficiency.
The new Mercdes-Benz  EQ Ready app helps motorists decide whether it makes sense for them personally to switch to an electric car or hybrid. The smartphone app can record real journeys made by the user, analyse his or her everyday mobility behaviour and compare it with numerous parameters of electric and hybrid vehicles. This makes it possible to try out e-mobility in a virtual yet realistic way. The EQ Ready app also recommends which alternatively powered model from smart or Mercedes-Benz best matches the user’s individual behaviour. The new app will go online for the IAA 2017.

Golf Sports Van

Since mid-2014, the Golf Sportsvan has been the vehicle of choice for those who swear by the Golf yet are looking for extra seat height, flexibility and space. Volkswagen has now refreshed its compact van with an update, which will be seen for the first time at the IAA International Motor Show in Frankfurt am As for technology, the new Golf Sportsvan features items such as three new TSI petrol engines, an expanded range of assistance systems, a new generation of infotainment systems (top system with gesture control) as well as more features in the standard equipment line-up. In terms of appearance, the Golf Sportsvan now makes its mark with its precision-sharpened design.

Following the Golf, Volkswagen is now modernizing the Golf Sportsvan as well with an extensive update. Not only that, the Golf Sportsvan now boasts a more powerful design thanks to new styling refinements. Changes include the newly designed bumpers, new halogen headlights with LED daytime running lights, full-LED headlights in place of xenon headlights, and standard LED tail lights on all versions. Five new alloy wheel types (16, 17, and 18-inch) and colours such as the new Cranberry Red shade of paint round out the updates to the exterior. The interior is enhanced with new decorative trim, fabrics, and leather seats.

In addition, Volkswagen is offering an interface to the infotainment system for tablets (and smartphones) in the form of the Media Control app. The app can be used to conveniently control many of the functions of the infotainment system from a tablet – regardless of where the user is sitting in the vehicle. Passengers simply connect their tablet to the Discover Media or Discover Pro infotainment system using the WiFi hotspot.

Features providing greater safety and comfort in the Golf Sportsvan include new driver assistance systems, such as Pedestrian Monitoring (part of Front Assist with City Emergency Braking System), Traffic Jam Assist (semi-automated stop-and-go driving up to 60 km/h), Emergency Assist, the latest generations of Park Assist and the proactive occupant protection system, as well as Trailer Assist (including Park Assist), which makes reversing easier when towing.

Three high-tech TSI petrol engines as well as two efficient TDI diesel engines complete the planned drive system line-up. Both powerful TSI engines also come with Active Cylinder Management which deactivates two of the four cylinders in defined operating phases to reduce fuel consumption and emissions.

Adient Autonomous Tech Interiors

New forms of mobility such as autonomous driving, car sharing and electromobility are dramatically changing how we get around. Adient, the leading supplier of automotive seating, will showcase what this means for interiors, and especially the vehicle seating system, with its new AI18 demonstrator at this year’s International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt am Main.

With the focus on autonomous driving, alternative usage models such as car sharing and urban mobility, the Adient concept addresses three of the major trends which will drive the automotive industry of the future.

Adient will use five scenarios to demonstrate in the AI18 just how flexible level-3 and level-4 autonomous vehicles could be in the future. “n addition to a Lounge mode, the AI18 seating system offers Communication, Cargo, Baby Plus and Family modes. These provide users with optimum seating arrangements and space according to the situation, as well as various usage options and technical aids that make travel as efficient, comfortable and safe as possible.

Adient is a global leader in automotive seating. With 75,000 employees operating 230 manufacturing/assembly plants in 33 countries worldwide, we produce and deliver automotive seating for all vehicle classes and all major OEMs. From complete seating systems to individual components, our expertise spans every step of the automotive seat making process. Our integrated, in-house skills allow us to take our products from research and design all the way to engineering and manufacturing – and into more than 25 million vehicles every year. For more information on Adient, please visit adient.com.

Honda CR-V Hyrbrid Prototype

Honda is set to unveil its CR-V Hybrid Prototype at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, previewing the brand’s first-ever electrified SUV powertrain available in Europe. The Hybrid Prototype also features revised styling that previews the forthcoming European specification CR-V model range.

The CR-V Hybrid Prototype represents the first time that the all-new CR-V has been shown at a European motor show. It retains the familiar silhouette of the world’s best-selling SUV, with an evolutionary design that is sophisticated and sporty. Wider, taller and longer than the previous version, the Hybrid Prototype of the new CR-V has fresh exterior styling, with a wider stance through the broader, muscular wheel arches.

The two-motor i-MMD (Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive) system in the CR-V Hybrid Prototype comprises an electric propulsion motor, a 2.0-litre i-VTEC four-cylinder Atkinson cycle gasoline engine for electrical energy generation and propulsion, and a separate electric generator motor. The hybrid system does not need a conventional transmission, fitted instead with a single fixed-gear ratio that creates a direct connection between moving components, enabling a smooth transfer of torque within the system.

In most urban driving situations, the vehicle will move between Hybrid Drive and EV Drive for optimum efficiency. Engine Drive is engaged as needed for brisk acceleration and for efficient highway driving.

DENSO Corporation today announced that it will exhibit at the 67th IAA (Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung) Motor Show in Frankfurt,.DENSO is committed to developing technologies in three priority fields improving personal mobility: automation, efficiency and connectivity. These technology fields are collectively referred to as the “Core Technologies for Future Mobility.”

In a press conference at IAA, DENSO will explain its vision for technology in these core fields and new developments in Europe. DENSO will also exhibit a mock-up car equipped with products from various areas that have been developed by the company.

The mock-up car will show how DENSO products work beneath the surface in vehicles to improve safety and efficiency. DENSO will also introduce relevant products and technologies focusing on the three priority fields mentioned above. Videos will explain the values offered by DENSO in these three fields.

Here’s a list of automotive debuts:


RS5 Cabriolet  Soft-top version of the Audi Sport-ified coupe expected at Frankfurt


Continental GT  

BMW M5, 6-series GT, X3, new i3 facelift, i8 Roadster X7 concept car  

CITROEN- C3 Aircross  MPV disguised as SUV, shares bits with Vauxhall Crossland X


FERRARI- Portofino   The new name for the new California: a 592bhp V8 turbo coupe-convertible

FORD – EcoSport facelift

HONDA CR-V Hybrid Prototype, Civic diesel  
i30 N,  i30 Fastback  

Budget Audi A3 Saloon, as i30 hatch becomes swoopier

Motor show debut for the Nissan Juke rival from Korea


JAGUAR –E-Pace, Future-Type concept  

KIA- Stonic , Sorento facelift, 

LAMBORGHINI –Aventador S Roadster

LEXUS-NX crossover, CT hatchback  


MERCEDES-BENZ –AMG Project One hypercar, EQ hatchback, S-class Coupe & Cabrio facelift, X-class pick-up  S

MINI –Mini Electric Concept



SKODA – Karoq 


Vision EQ ForTwo concept

SUBARU- Impreza  Ne

SUZUKI- Swift Sport

TOYOTA,  Land Cruiser , C-HR Hy-Power concept, Yaris GRMN  

VAUXHALL Insignia GSi, Grandland X  

VOLKSWAGEN – Polo, T-Roc , Golf SV