You have to feel a little sorry for Mercedes. It had a huge, multistorey hall at Frankfurt packed with current and future models. It revealed its incredible 1,000hp Project One hypercar, a model that it undoubtedly expected would be the star of the show. But it wasn’t. Tucked away in the back of another hall was Honda. Like most car makers, the Japanese company announced its electrification strategy. It also revealed its Power Manager, smart energy transfer system for your home, but no-one was paying much attention. All were captivated by the Honda Urban EV (electric vehicle) concept. So captivated in fact that I, like many others, went back to the Honda stand more than once to look at it again. Some will be wondering how a little Honda concept could eclipse a 1,000hp hypercar, but they are probably millennials, people with no knowledge of the 1980s except for what they Google on their smartphones. There were some iconic models in the 1980s, such as the Volkswagen Golf, Peugeot 205 ...

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