Look out, Tesla (TSLA - Get Report) -- the Frankfurt Motor Show is about to throw the electric vehicle industry into high gear when it opens to the public this Thursday, September 14, as an 11-day mecca of next-generation design and production.
German automaker Volkswagen (VLKAY) will be defending its home turf and working to prove a more electric-friendly outlook following the emissions scandal that rocked the company and weighed heavily on diesel units two years ago.
"German carmakers are global carmakers," Autotrader analyst Michelle Krebs told The Verge. With that, German firms have kept European and Chinese markets demanding cleaner, more efficient models in mind with their newest lineup.
Volkswagen has been working on a new generation of electric vehicles expected to debut in production by 2020, Overdrive reported, and enter fully autonomous model production by 2025. To tease that lineup, the carmaker released a concept image and teaser video of a unit called the I.D. Crozz for the Frankfurt event.
The I.D. Crozz boasts LED headlights and an illuminated grille with the iconic VW emblem. It's a compact electric drive vehicle with a lithium-ion battery in the floor and room for four seats.
Volkswagen is predicted to continue relying on its premium Audi brand, too. The company will spotlight its Audi A8 with level three autonomous driving abilities in addition to two other models with levels four and five abilities.
Autonomous vehicles are classified in six different levels, with fully autonomous models ranking as level six and fully manual models ranking as level one. Classifications are made based on necessary driver attentiveness and intervention.
BMW (BMWYY) announced plans to unveil its new X7 iPerformance SUV, its biggest-ever luxury model, complete with an electric powertrain. The three-row luxury cruiser is set to supply BMW with some plump margins so it can fund lofty electric vehicle pursuits.
Designing BMW's proposed iNext battery-powered self-driving model could take years to pay off, so the X7 will offer an increase in sales and revenue to offset the costs of R&D for the carmaker's 25 new electrified vehicles set for release before 2025.
BMW's Mini brand will also pivot green with the Mini Electric Concept (rendering below). The new line is previewing a zero-emissions hatchback set to go on sale in 2019.
Mercedes-Benz will unleash a new lineup as well, including the EQA, a GLC F-Cell concept powered by both fuel cell and plug-in hybrid technology, and the shot-stopping electrified Project One hypecar concept, which was developed with Formula One technology.
Although electric models will likely steal the show, look out for newer vehicles from luxury sportscar maker Ferrari N.V. (RACE - Get Report) and Japanese stronghold Honda Motor Co. Ltd. (HMC - Get Report) .
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