With the first of the auto shows in the books, it’s time to look back and see who the winners and “not so winners” were from the International Motor Show in Frankfurt. So, let’s start with some of the good that came out of the show; the surprise of the event was probably Kia who came out with the Pro cee’d – don’t ask, ‘cause we don’t know who named this thing. Thank goodness the car itself outshines its name, because this baby is pretty hot even if is a wagon of sorts…a kind of sexy sports wagon. Honda comes in a close second with its new Urban Electric vehicle and while we still can’t quite forgive them for what they did to the Civic, we give them credit for this stellar effort which comes in with a clean and crisp look for a miniature SUV. It comes with suicide doors which makes this even cooler, but don’t expect it to be in the United States anytime soon as it plans to be a European model only.
On the not so hot side of things comes the Mercedes Project One car that was purposely built for the ultra-rich with only 275 of them in total – and already sold out for a cool $2.75 million U.S. But you know what they say about money and taste, having one doesn’t mean you have the other, and it looks like the guys at Mercedes took that to heart when they tried to design the front end of this vehicle which looks, well, how do we say it…like they got bored and wanted to move on to something else. Lastly, the ugly award probably goes to the guys at Audi with their ‘Elaine’ supposed crossover – again who the hell is in charge of naming these cars? That was going to be the future of electric vehicles, but the name will keep everybody focused on how terrible the name is. Picture yourself with this, you pull up in your driveway and that annoying neighbor comes over and says “Hey, cool ride, what is it?” and you have to say it’s an “Audi Elaine.” Think about it. Never in a million years.