The Frankfurt auto show may have slipped behind Shanghai when it comes to the amount of exhibition space offered, but it remains the unrivaled No. 1 in terms of vehicle debuts. There were 210 debuts at this year’s Frankfurt show, based on one count. This column, however, is not about numbers, it is about the real winner of the show: overdesign.
And if overdesign won, that means the biggest loser at Frankfurt was Volkswagen Group styling supremo Walter De Silva, who for years loudly lobbied for simple design. He said he believed in cars created with as few lines as possible, such as the refrigerator-on-wheels VW Up minicar. That passion seems to have diminished based on the look of the new VW Tiguan, which has enough lines, particularly in the side and in the nose, to create two cars. At least De Silva redeemed himself with Seat’s latest concept, which we will discuss later.