The biggest show of the year had a huge number of cars, leading to an immense number of stories. What did you like best?

The Geneva motor show had a vintage year, with some of the most important cars of the decade, let alone the year, making an appearance alongside cutting-edge hypercars, long-standing icons and surprise appearances.

Take a look at the top stories that caught your collective eye this week.

The 10 biggest stories of the Geneva motor show

1 - Range Rover SV Coupé

Controversial cars were a theme this year and Land Rover’s £240,000 two-door Range Rover SV Coupé trumped the lot. 

Only 999 will be made – bad news for those of you who read the story because you want one, but good news for those who read the story and were aghast at the opinion-splitting coupé. 

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2 - Toyota Auris

Another British-built car narrowly missed out on the top spot among Autocar readers - the Toyota Auris. In fact, it outperformed Toyota’s ‘other’ Geneva car, the GR Supra Racing concept

Whether it’s the Auris’s striking new look or its ditching of diesel powertrains, it managed to court attention like few others could away from the show, despite being one of the most sensible models on display.

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3 - Mercedes-AMG GT 4dr Coupé

Affalterbach’s rival to the Porsche Panamera was predictably popular among Autocar readers and, with a 630bhp 4.0-litre V8 under the bonnet in mid-range form (a hybrid with more than 800bhp comes later), it’s hardly a surprise. 

Pricing is tipped to start at £85,000, so the deeper-pocketed among you who weren’t questioning the car’s similarity with the CLS might want to start saving.

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4 - Volkswagen Beetle won’t be replaced

In fourth place is a car that was neither at the show, nor announced there - quite the opposite, in fact, since Volkswagen brand boss Herbert Diess confirmed that the Beetle will not enter a third generation.

It’ll instead be indirectly replaced by the ID Buzz, which is due in 2022 and revives the long-awaited Microbus bodystyle, at the expense of VW’s current heritage model. Aww. 

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5 - Audi E-tron

Audi didn’t reveal the E-Tron at Geneva, but it did everything in its power to steal the Jaguar I-Pace’s thunder. A car was on its stand, yes, but the brand lifted the cover off for a minute at a time at sporadic points during the day, revealing a car covered in camouflage underneath. 

So Audi may have won the popularity contest at Geneva - the I-Pace is two places down - but Jaguar's car arrives in showrooms in the summer, months before the E-tron’s early 2019 sales date. That’s 1-1 for now, then. Our drives will find a winner.

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6 - Mercedes-Benz A-Class pricing

The A-Class was revealed long before Geneva, but Mercedes chose the eve of the show to reveal pricing for its crucial new hatch - £25,800, to be precise.

As the fifth best-selling car in the UK this year so far, it’s little surprise that a story about the pricing of the new model did so well, even if that figure does put the A-Class above key rivals. 

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7 - Jaguar I-Pace driven

As one of the most hotly anticipated cars of the Geneva motor show this year, our short drive in the Jaguar I-Pace was expected to be one of the most-read stories. 

To us, the I-Pace feels like a Jaguar, capable of both urban and cross-continental travel. It rides well, handles promisingly and feels largely uncompromised compared with electric derivatives of other cars. 

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8 - Ford Mustang Bullitt

Another less conventional show star, this story was merely the announcement that the Bullitt would go on sale in Europe and the UK. The actual car was revealed at the Detroit motor show months ago. 

Clearly, this strategy worked - the Bullitt announcement whipped up a storm the night before doors opened and continued to be a strong favourite as the show progressed. 

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9 - Mercedes-AMG C43 facelift

The best-selling saloon in the UK just got a facelift, as did its warm variant, the C43. The C43 now gets 385bhp from its 3.0-litre V6 engine, along with subtly refreshed styling and some less subtle exhausts.

The 0-62mph sprint remains at 4.7sec for the saloon and 4.8sec for the estate, with both having electronically limited 155mph top speeds.

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10 - BMW M8 Gran Coupé

Another ratings battle that had a clear winner - Mercedes-AMG’s GT 4dr Coupé won this one. However, the M8 Gran Coupé is, for the moment, just a concept. 

The production car is due in the second half of 2019, with rivals ranging from that new AMG car to the Bentley Continental GT

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…and finally:

Geneva motor show: Live updates and gallery

Because you can’t beat a bit of live action direct from a motor show, our live blog and gallery was far and away the most-read thing of Geneva this year. 

It’s still available – although not live, obviously – so take another scroll through to see how the events of the show unfolded.

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9 March 2018
Youve got to love VW PR. They really put their heart and soul into it. An Audi that was not even ready for preview has stolen headlines from a Jaguar that was there in metal and could even be sat in and driven. If only they put so much effort in clean technologies, they would be leading the world's car makers instead of trailing relative minnows like Tesla, Nissan, Kia, Hyundai, Renault and a whole host of Chinese upstarts.

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