This week’s Geneva motor show has given the motoring world a wonderful array of new production cars and glimpses into future models.
Efficiency and environmental credentials might be defining what, when and how we drive, but it's good to see there’s plenty of scope for the wild and weird.
Here are the Geneva stars which have excited you most this week:
Mercedes A-classForget the tall, one-box MPV format; the all-new Mercedes A-class is low, sleek and much more like its rivals. It is based on Mercedes’ new Modular Front Architecture platform and will eventually carry engines with outputs ranging from 113bhp to more than 300bhp. Mercedes’ boss, Dieter Zetsche said he expects half of A-class models to be sold to newcomers to the brand.
Bentley EXP 9 F conceptThe Bentley SUV concept lit up our forums like few other models. Its looks have been the source of huge controversy, but few could argue the interior is nothing short of sensational. Its mammoth looks are matched by its flagship engine, a W12, although a V8 diesel and a V6-based powertrain have been mooted. It is designed to show how a 180mph, £150,000 über Bentley SUV might look.
Ferrari F12 BerlinettaFew manufacturers can guarantee grabbing the headlines like Ferrari. Particularly when it announces the fastest and most powerful road car in its history. The Ferrari F12 Berlinetta has a 6.3-litre V12 which will fire the 599 replacement to 62mph in 3.1secs and on to a top speed in excess of 211mph. Despite this, it is greener than the model it replaces.
Audi A3The all-new Audi A3 may be many things, but a radical styling departure, it is not. It’s packed with a classy interior, and plenty of technology usually reserved for far larger – and more expensive – models. It will be launched in September, and will eventually be offered as a three-door hatchback, Sportback, Cabriolet, and for the first time, a saloon.