I went to Frankfurt Motor Show 2015 to not just check out the new Automobiles and Technologies the hundred+ companies are currently working on, I also went window-shopping for future Roadtrip-Car-Material. As I’ve already shared in this Article with the Mercedes-Benz GLC a Roadtrip-Car needs to be versatile, spacious and reliable.
Depending on different purposes I’ve selected here 10 Cars I could imagine to go on a Roadtrip with. Like immediately.
For all of you that don’t know, /never heard of this Fair: Frankfurt Motor Show, also known as IAA (german: Internationale AutomobilAusstellung) is the world’s biggest fair in the automobile sector. It’s the place to be for every company that want’s to make money in the automotive sector and everyone interested in it. It takes place every two years, in alternation with Paris Motor Show, in mid-end of September. This year it’s been the 66th edition of Frankfurt Motor Show and to me, it’s already been my third year at the Show in a row. If you’re considering to visit it by yourself, the annual Frankfurt Motor Show is open to the public from September 17th to 27th. Make sure to bring some comfy shoes as the fairground is just HUGE. If you’ve ever been to Geneva Motor Show, taking annually place in Geneva in March, Frankfurts’ Motorshow is a few times bigger and wider!
Top Roadtrip Cars of Frankfurt Motor Show 2015
#1 Roadtrip Car of Frankfurt Motor Show 2015: Volkswagen T6
The Volkswagen Bulli Bus is back! The Bulli, as it’s lovingly called, has been the ultimate Roadtrip Vehicle for so many generations since the launch first of the Volkswagen T1 in 1950. The newest generation T6 was unveiled as a production-ready car, the way you will find it on the roads, earlier this year but it’s been the first time now that I’ve been able to even touch it and sit inside. Once I sat on the driver’s seat and behind the steering-wheel I imagined how someone, that once road tripped with the first generation VW Bus must feel when seeing all this technology and design that you now find in the newest generation. If I could I would choose one in this red-white colour scheme and roadtrip with it starting at Cinque Terre in Italy, passing the beautiful Cote d’Azure in France and at least driving down the Spanish coast until Barcelona, or even Valencia. Sleeping in the back of the Car whenever needed and enjoying some beautiful views through the windscreen. And for sure taking some time to explore the cities and towns along the road, as the T6 is still a regular car it shouldn’t be a problem to find parking spots close to the sights.
#2 Roadtrip Car of Frankfurt Motor Show 2015: Hyundai i20 Active
#3 Roadtrip Car of Frankfurt Motor Show 2015: Alfa Romeo Giulia
#4 Roadtrip Car of Frankfurt Motor Show 2015: BMW i8
Why not going on a Roadtrip with an electric car? The range is indeed smaller than compared to a regular and damaging to the environment kind of Car, but as the travel matters often more as the end-destination it can be a great force to enjoy the landscape more, do quite a lot stops and just take everything easy. Easier than just driving hundreds and hundreds of kilometre straight without stopping and enjoying. So yes, I wouldn’t hesitate to take the BMW i8 on a Roadtrip. Thinking of it’s design I would opt for a Scandinavian-Roadtrip, passing all the major Cities like Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo.
#5 Roadtrip Car of Frankfurt Motor Show 2015: ZF Friedrichshafen Advanced Urban Vehicle
This one is something very special, the Advanced Urban Vehicle by south-german automotive supplier ZF Friedrichshafen. This is the brand’s first car, showcasing their technology and ideas on an urban vehicle. Its highlights are a Smart Parking Assist and a PreVision Cloud Assist. Unless it won’t be produced like this, as this is just a concept, I still think that it would be a fun car to drive in big cities. For example in southern Italy with small and busy roads.
#6 Roadtrip Car of Frankfurt Motor Show 2015: Suzuki Baleno
#7 Roadtrip Car of Frankfurt Motor Show 2015: Jeep Wrangler
As a huge Fan of the Jeep Wrangler, THE iconic Jeep model, I would totally take one right off the display at Frankfurt Motor Show to hit the road with it. I could definitely imagine a closer to nature Trip, somewhere in between the mountains, forests, seas, snow and curvy alpine roads. And afterwards right to some beach or just another similar road back. Yes, I’ve probably seen too many of Casey Neistat’s movies, but the Jeep Wrangler screams for Adventure, and so do I.
#8 Roadtrip Car of Frankfurt Motor Show 2015: MINI Clubman
A little smaller than the Jeep, and a less comparatively with off-road capabilities is the MINI Clubman. It’s more an urban car but I once had a MINI Paceman John Cooper Works to roadtrip for about 1000 km and it’s just so comfortable! And if you need any more space the new Clubman would be just perfect. Just imagine this Car on the lonely roads of the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland, and near the beach in sometimes even sunny England – it’d be perfect (if you have loads of luggage)!
#9 Roadtrip Car of Frankfurt Motor Show 2015: SsangYong Tivoli
#10 Roadtrip Car of Frankfurt Motor Show 2015: Audi A4 Sedan
A more elegant option for a Roadtrip Car would be the brand-new Audi A4 Sedan. And one of the best-selling models should be also practical enough to go on a Roadtrip with, don’t you think as well? Even though you can’t spot a huge difference of this new model to the previous one, or any another current Audi, the details are in the Technology and under the hood.
If this midsize premium sedan is good to do drive is something I can tell you later this month as I will drive it near Venice in Italy on September 23rd. I won’t drive much, unfortunately, but I try to test its road-qualities as good as possible and if you have any questions about the new Audi A4 Sedan, just comment below and I’ll try to answer them in the separate Article about the Car in about two weeks.
What’s your favourite Car out of this List and where would you drive it to? I’m curious about your choices!
Frankfurt Motor Show
Address: Messe Frankfurt, Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1, 60327 Frankfurt am Main, Germany (how to get there)
Opening Hours: 9 am – 7 pm
Tickets: starting at 14€ per adult / 7,50 € for students
All photos were taken by me during the first press day (non-public) of the Show.