Our pick of the 10 best new cars from the Geneva Motor Show
Geneva is the first big show of the year, with manufacturers showcasing new production models and concepts that they believe will be big in 2011.
This year, the show appeared to have come through the economic cold snap that has plagued the motor industry over previous years. There was plenty of new metal revealed, but Autoblog took an extended walk round the show to bring you 10 cars that really caught our imagination and which, we believe, will be making news over the year ahead.
See what you think below and if you don't agree, let us know.
1. Alfa Romeo 4C Concept
With a body made of carbon-fibre, a composite chassis, seductive styling, a 1.75-litre turbocharged petrol engine producing 250bhp and an expected price of £38,000 the 4C has got to be a hit. Let's hope that the production car drives as good as it looks.
2. Ferrari FF
This has to be one of the most exciting cars of 2011, as Ferrari has never done practicality or four-wheel drive before. The result is both attractive and as fast as a Prancing Horse should be.
3. Fiat 500 Coupe Zagato
Just when you thought that Fiat had taken the 500 as far as it could go, the Italian company surprised us with this neatly executed coupe version by and curvier rear styling.
4. Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4
Okay, it might look might look like an evolution of the ultra-rare 2007 Reventón, but be in no doubt it's all-new underneath. Despite the dramatic styling the big news is the carbon fibre tub, the all-new 691 bhp V12 engine and the horizontally mounted pushrod spring suspension inspired by single seater racing cars.
5. Lexus LFA Nurburgring package
Want to make your LFA supercar stand out from the rest? Well, just 50 lucky customers (10% of total production) will be offered the chance to equip their Lexus with the special Nurburgring package. Designed to celebrate the LFA's hat-trick of class wins at the famous German circuit, the package includes a 10bhp power hike, new alloy wheels and various aerodynamic enhancements.
6. MINI Rocketman Concept
MINI went back to its 'miniture' roots after the controversially large Countryman and Paceman concept with the Rocketman concept. It might have a stupid name, but there was nothing silly about the new baby MINI with it's lightweight carbon spaceframe construction, clever 3+1 seating and neat design touches such as the double-hinged doors. Come on MINI, please build it!
7. Morgan Threewheeler
It might be considered wacky and irrelevant when compared to the other new cars on this list, but the Morgan Threewheeler is a wonderful mix of old and new. Powered by a Harley-Davidson V-Twin bike engine, it can get to 60mph in just 4.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 115mph. It's not cheap with prices expected to start at £30,000, but there's a big list of options and it feels a truly bespoke product.
8. Nissan Esflow
The Esflow was proof that electric cars don't have to be boring. Based on this year's Car of The year, the Leaf, Nissan claim this sports car concept has been re-engineered for a sportier more engaging drive. Acceleration to 62mph is said to take under 5 seconds and the Esflow has a top speed of 120mph. The increased performance is down to the Esflow's lower weight, but even with all the extra performance the range of 150 miles seems commendable.
9. Pagani Huayra
Taking its name from the ancient Argentinean god of wind, the Huayra is Pagani's replacement for the iconic Zonda. Longer and not as instantly attractive, there is a reason for the Huayra's distinctive looks as the whole car relies on clever aerodynamics. Inside, the new Pagani feels wonderfully bespoke with plenty of beautifully polished carbon-fibre weave and soft leather.
10. SEAT IBx
SEAT wouldn't be drawn as to whether its latest IBx concept will make it to production, but a crossover rival to the Ford Kuga and Volkswagen Tiguan would be a logical addition to the range, considering how popular Sports Activity Vehicles or SAVS continue to be. If the IBx makes production, expect it to be powered by direct injection diesel and petrol engines with a hybrid drivetrain. We shall watch with interest.
More great cars from Geneva in the video below