8. Mazda CX-5
At a big German auto show, Japanese automakers don’t rank very highly. And a smaller brand like Mazda even less so. Still, the CX-5 compact crossover is an incredibly important vehicle for the brand’s future. Not only is it the first use of the brand’s all new “Kodo” design language, but it’s the first production car to get the new SkyActiv engine technology, including a new 165-hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, as well as a new diesel engine that will be offered in North America. The diesel will be offered in two power levels, the first with 150-hp and 280 lb-ft, while the second will get 170-hp and 310 lb-ft of torque.