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In pictures: Concept cars and design studies of the 2016 Geneva Motor Show

Geneva 2016: The concepts
Geneva 2016: The concepts
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The Haze concept from Espera Sbarro School Montbéliard
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The Haze concept from Espera Sbarro School Montbéliard
It took students 68 days to design and construct the 1,984-lb (900-kg), 300-hp Audi five cylinder-powered Haze
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It took students 68 days to design and construct the 1,984-lb (900-kg), 300-hp Audi five cylinder-powered Haze
The Espera Sbarro School Montbéliard always has one of the more interesting displays of concept cars in Geneva
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The Espera Sbarro School Montbéliard always has one of the more interesting displays of concept cars in Geneva
The beautiful Espera Sbarro School Miglia concept is powered by a 316-hp Porsche V8
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The beautiful Espera Sbarro School Miglia concept is powered by a 316-hp Porsche V8
The Espera Sbarro Miglia is built for just one
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The Espera Sbarro Miglia is built for just one
Pininfarina's H2 Speed concept
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Pininfarina's H2 Speed concept
The H2 Speed is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell drive with two electric motors
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The H2 Speed is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell drive with two electric motors
Pininfarina puts the 503-hp (370 kW) H2 Speed's 0-62 mph at 3.4 seconds
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Pininfarina puts the 503-hp (370 kW) H2 Speed's 0-62 mph at 3.4 seconds
Pininfarina fancies the H2 Speed "halfway between a racing prototype and aproduction supercar"
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Pininfarina fancies the H2 Speed "halfway between a racing prototype and aproduction supercar"
The Pininfarina H2 Speed's fin holds a large rear wing
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The Pininfarina H2 Speed's fin holds a large rear wing
The Pininfarina H2 Speed's color was inspired by the Sigma Grand Prix
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The Pininfarina H2 Speed's color was inspired by the Sigma Grand Prix
It took a few years, but Touring Superleggera follows the 2012 Alfa Romeo Disco Volante with the Disco Volante Spyder
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It took a few years, but Touring Superleggera follows the 2012 Alfa Romeo Disco Volante with the Disco Volante Spyder
Touring hand-built the Disco Volante Spyder body atop an Alfa 8C Competizione Spider chassis
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Touring hand-built the Disco Volante Spyder body atop an Alfa 8C Competizione Spider chassis
A twin carbon fiber convertible roof transforms the Disco Volante Spyder into a fixed roof coupe
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A twin carbon fiber convertible roof transforms the Disco Volante Spyder into a fixed roof coupe
“Blu Ceruleo" (sky blue) paint
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“Blu Ceruleo" (sky blue) paint
The Disco Volante Spyder is powered by the 8C Competizione's 450-hp 4.7-liter V8
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The Disco Volante Spyder is powered by the 8C Competizione's 450-hp 4.7-liter V8
Touring Superleggera Disco Volante Spyder at Geneva 2016
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Touring Superleggera Disco Volante Spyder at Geneva 2016
Sbarro Ginevra 2016
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Sbarro Ginevra 2016
The only label we saw on this Sbarro creation was the "Ginevra 2016" license plate, so that's what we're calling it
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The only label we saw on this Sbarro creation was the "Ginevra 2016" license plate, so that's what we're calling it
Sbarro's Ginevra 2016 car holds a pair of helmets
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Sbarro's Ginevra 2016 car holds a pair of helmets
Sbarro Ginevra 2016
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Sbarro Ginevra 2016
Sbarro Ginevra 2016
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Sbarro Ginevra 2016
Sbarro Ginevra 2016
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Sbarro Ginevra 2016
The Opel GT Concept adds some serious flair to GM's Geneva presence
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The Opel GT Concept adds some serious flair to GM's Geneva presence
The Opel GT's next-gen LED matrix headlamps create a three-dimensional beam that purportedly offers glare-free high beam performance
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The Opel GT's next-gen LED matrix headlamps create a three-dimensional beam that purportedly offers glare-free high beam performance
The red tires are inspired by the Opel Motoclub 500 motorcycle of the 1920s, which also sported red rubber
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The red tires are inspired by the Opel Motoclub 500 motorcycle of the 1920s, which also sported red rubber
The GT Concept is full of interesting design cues, including the integrated exhaust
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The GT Concept is full of interesting design cues, including the integrated exhaust
The GT Concept is a small, forward-looking sports coupe vision
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The GT Concept is a small, forward-looking sports coupe vision
The Opel GT's large wing doors with integrated windows open via touchpad, eliminating the need for handles
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The Opel GT's large wing doors with integrated windows open via touchpad, eliminating the need for handles
Inside the Opel GT Concept
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Inside the Opel GT Concept
Vauxhall/Opel actually issued a separate press release dedicated to the buttonless, voice/touch-controlled digitized interior
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Vauxhall/Opel actually issued a separate press release dedicated to the buttonless, voice/touch-controlled digitized interior
The Opel GT cockpit features technologies like an audio alert system, 3D graphics and a self-learning HMI
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The Opel GT cockpit features technologies like an audio alert system, 3D graphics and a self-learning HMI
Opel GT Concept debut at Geneva 2016
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Opel GT Concept debut at Geneva 2016
The Opel GT doors extend below the fenders as a space-saving measure for tight parking spaces
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The Opel GT doors extend below the fenders as a space-saving measure for tight parking spaces
The Mitsubishi eX concept debuted last year in Tokyo, giving a look at an all-electric small crossover
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The Mitsubishi eX concept debuted last year in Tokyo, giving a look at an all-electric small crossover
Based on last year's EDAG Light Cocoon, this Bosch concept car highlights digital interior technology
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Based on last year's EDAG Light Cocoon, this Bosch concept car highlights digital interior technology
Bosch shows a very digital interior
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Bosch shows a very digital interior
Bosch smart interior connects the driver to the road and beyond
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Bosch smart interior connects the driver to the road and beyond
Bosch smart car concept
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Bosch smart car concept
We wouldn't call the Italdesign GTZero the prettiest concept car, but its dramatically sloped roof, sports coupe face and hexagonal rear windshield give it a dramatic presence
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We wouldn't call the Italdesign GTZero the prettiest concept car, but its dramatically sloped roof, sports coupe face and hexagonal rear windshield give it a dramatic presence
The GTZero is Italdesign Giugiaro's take on a sporty, zero-emissions GT for modern day
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The GTZero is Italdesign Giugiaro's take on a sporty, zero-emissions GT for modern day
The modular Italdesign GTZero can accommodate hybrid or electric powertrains and seat four people in 2+2 or 3+1 configurations
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The modular Italdesign GTZero can accommodate hybrid or electric powertrains and seat four people in 2+2 or 3+1 configurations
The GTZero offers a comfortable, stable ride with a combination of electric 4WD (two motors on the front axle, one on the rear) and 4-wheel steering
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The GTZero offers a comfortable, stable ride with a combination of electric 4WD (two motors on the front axle, one on the rear) and 4-wheel steering
The windshield design gives the GTZero an interesting rear view
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The windshield design gives the GTZero an interesting rear view
Italdesign reveals the GTZero concept in Geneva
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Italdesign reveals the GTZero concept in Geneva
Italdesign GTZero debuts at Geneva 2016
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Italdesign GTZero debuts at Geneva 2016
One complaint: although Italdesign was trying to keep it sporty, that long profile really looks like it should include rear doors for added practicality
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One complaint: although Italdesign was trying to keep it sporty, that long profile really looks like it should include rear doors for added practicality
The GTZero has a 483-hp (360-kW) three-motor electric powertrain with a listed 311 miles (500 km) of range
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The GTZero has a 483-hp (360-kW) three-motor electric powertrain with a listed 311 miles (500 km) of range
Italdesign GTZero
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Italdesign GTZero
Volkswagen shows the Budd-e in Geneva after its CES debut earlier this year
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Volkswagen shows the Budd-e in Geneva after its CES debut earlier this year
The Budd-e is all about future tech, including a 373-mile (600-km) electric powertrain, digital dashboard, and voice and gesture control
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The Budd-e is all about future tech, including a 373-mile (600-km) electric powertrain, digital dashboard, and voice and gesture control
Volkswagen imagines the Budd-e connecting to the smart home for remote monitoring and operation
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Volkswagen imagines the Budd-e connecting to the smart home for remote monitoring and operation
Volkswagen Budd-e on display in Geneva
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Volkswagen Budd-e on display in Geneva
The Budd-e is built atop VW's Modular Electric Platform
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The Budd-e is built atop VW's Modular Electric Platform
A look at the digital display in the VW Budd-e's rear cabin
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A look at the digital display in the VW Budd-e's rear cabin
The Skoda Vision S concept previews a large SUV that will launch later this year
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The Skoda Vision S concept previews a large SUV that will launch later this year
Skoda previews its new design language with the Vision S concept
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Skoda previews its new design language with the Vision S concept
The Skoda VIsion S design is influenced by cubism and Bohemian crystal glass art
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The Skoda VIsion S design is influenced by cubism and Bohemian crystal glass art
The Vision S has six seats and three rows
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The Vision S has six seats and three rows
The Skoda Vision S is a 4WD hybrid concept with 222-hp (165-kW) plug-in drive with 1.4-liter TSI engine and front and rear electric motors
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The Skoda Vision S is a 4WD hybrid concept with 222-hp (165-kW) plug-in drive with 1.4-liter TSI engine and front and rear electric motors
Skoda Vision S taillight closeup
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Skoda Vision S taillight closeup
The Skoda Vision S is painted "Iceland Green"
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The Skoda Vision S is painted "Iceland Green"
The colorful Subaru XV Concept shows Subaru's next-gen Dynamic X Solid design philosophy
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The colorful Subaru XV Concept shows Subaru's next-gen Dynamic X Solid design philosophy
The Subaru XV features a frosty "Glacier Khaki Silica" exterior color
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The Subaru XV features a frosty "Glacier Khaki Silica" exterior color
Subaru XV compact crossover concept
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Subaru XV compact crossover concept
The Subaru XV's rear combination lights are designed to match the style of the headlights
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The Subaru XV's rear combination lights are designed to match the style of the headlights
Subaru doesn't list any powertrain specs, using the XV more as a design study
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Subaru doesn't list any powertrain specs, using the XV more as a design study
Nissan X-Trail Premium Concept
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Nissan X-Trail Premium Concept
The Nissan X-Trail Premium Concept shows how "tailored features and customization" could increase the X-Trail's appeal
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The Nissan X-Trail Premium Concept shows how "tailored features and customization" could increase the X-Trail's appeal
Nissan X-Trail Premium Concept
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Nissan X-Trail Premium Concept
Nissan's IDS Concept makes the trip to Geneva from last year's Tokyo Motor Show
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Nissan's IDS Concept makes the trip to Geneva from last year's Tokyo Motor Show
Toyota's quirky Kikai concept
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Toyota's quirky Kikai concept
Toyota revealed the Kikai at last year's Tokyo Motor Show
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Toyota revealed the Kikai at last year's Tokyo Motor Show
The Kikai focuses attention on the working parts of the car
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The Kikai focuses attention on the working parts of the car
Toyota Kikai concept at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show
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Toyota Kikai concept at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show
Toyota goes steampunk with the Kikai concept
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Toyota goes steampunk with the Kikai concept
The Kikai highlights the beauty of the machine
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The Kikai highlights the beauty of the machine
The Shiwa concept designed by IED Master in Transportation Design students
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The Shiwa concept designed by IED Master in Transportation Design students
Shiwa is a look at a four-electric motor, self-driving car from the future
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Shiwa is a look at a four-electric motor, self-driving car from the future
Mazda RX-Vision concept
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Mazda first revealed the RX-Vision in Tokyo last year
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Mazda first revealed the RX-Vision in Tokyo last year
Not a concept car, but this 1952 Alfa Romeo C52 "Disco Volante" appeared at Touring Superleggera's booth next to the new Disco Volante Spyder
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Not a concept car, but this 1952 Alfa Romeo C52 "Disco Volante" appeared at Touring Superleggera's booth next to the new Disco Volante Spyder
Sbarro's Ginevra 2016 concept has a storage drawer in back
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Sbarro's Ginevra 2016 concept has a storage drawer in back
Inside the Sbarro Ginevra 2016's pullout storage drawer
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Inside the Sbarro Ginevra 2016's pullout storage drawer
Rinspeed shows a look at a BMW i8-based autonomous car concept
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Rinspeed shows a look at a BMW i8-based autonomous car concept
Rinspeed's Etos features a companion drone
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Rinspeed's Etos features a companion drone
Citroën's E-Mehari gets styled by Courrèges
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Citroën's E-Mehari gets styled by Courrèges
Citroën's E-Mehari gets styled by Courrèges
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Citroën's E-Mehari gets styled by Courrèges
Citroën E-Mehari by Courrèges
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Citroën E-Mehari by Courrèges
Citroën E-Mehari by Courrèges
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Citroën E-Mehari by Courrèges
Citroën E-Mehari by Courrèges
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Citroën E-Mehari by Courrèges
Citroën E-Mehari by Courrèges
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Citroën E-Mehari by Courrèges
Citroën SpaceTourer Hyphen
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Part crossover, part MPV, the Citroën SpaceTourer Hyphen is a 4WD minivan ready for adventure
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Part crossover, part MPV, the Citroën SpaceTourer Hyphen is a 4WD minivan ready for adventure
Citroën gives the Hyphen concept some serious color
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Citroën gives the Hyphen concept some serious color
The SpaceTourer Hyphen features a 4WD from Dangel
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The SpaceTourer Hyphen features a 4WD from Dangel
Citroën SpaceTourer Hyphen concept
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Citroën SpaceTourer Hyphen concept
Citroën SpaceTourer Hyphen concept
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Citroën SpaceTourer Hyphen concept
Citroën SpaceTourer Hyphen concept
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Citroën SpaceTourer Hyphen concept
The DS E-Tense concept adds some serious style and color to Geneva
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The DS E-Tense concept adds some serious style and color to Geneva
One of the E-Tense's main styling points is its windshield-free rear
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One of the E-Tense's main styling points is its windshield-free rear
The E-Tense features a 402-hp electric powertrain
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The E-Tense features a 402-hp electric powertrain
Serious venting on the DS E-Tense
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Serious venting on the DS E-Tense
Large air intakes on the sides of the DS E-Tense
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Large air intakes on the sides of the DS E-Tense
DS calls that shade "metallic green ametrine"
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DS calls that shade "metallic green ametrine"
Every once in a while, the E-Tense's rotating headlights would do a spin
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Every once in a while, the E-Tense's rotating headlights would do a spin
One thing we didn't notice in the pictures before seeing the E-Tense in person was the wavy, 3-dimensional nature of the front grille
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One thing we didn't notice in the pictures before seeing the E-Tense in person was the wavy, 3-dimensional nature of the front grille
DS E-Tense concept debuts in Geneva
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DS E-Tense concept debuts in Geneva
The E-Tense's headlamps are a next-generation version of DS' LED Vision design
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The E-Tense's headlamps are a next-generation version of DS' LED Vision design
The DS E-Tense's taillights feature a scaly look
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The DS E-Tense's taillights feature a scaly look
The E-Tense includes indicators mounted on the roof downslope
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The E-Tense includes indicators mounted on the roof downslope
A very distinctive rear-end
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A very distinctive rear-end
DS E-Tense concept closeup
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DS E-Tense concept closeup
DS E-Tense concept closeup
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DS E-Tense concept closeup
DS E-Tense concept closeup
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DS E-Tense concept closeup
DS spent 800 hours on the E-Tense interior preparation
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DS spent 800 hours on the E-Tense interior preparation
DS calls the interior motif an "upgraded watch strap" design
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DS calls the interior motif an "upgraded watch strap" design
The DS E-Tense features a 10-in touchscreen and tulip-shaped steering wheel
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The DS E-Tense features a 10-in touchscreen and tulip-shaped steering wheel
Rinspeed Etos concept at Geneva 2016
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Rinspeed Etos concept at Geneva 2016
Geneva 2016: The concepts
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Geneva 2016: The concepts

The big stars of this year's Geneva Motor Show are clearly the supercars, but concept cars are proving a memorable supporting cast. In addition to new concepts and design studies from the big manufacturers, Geneva is also the place to find debuts from Italian design houses and design schools. This year's show has plenty of concepts to see, from 4x4 adventure minivans, to classically influenced roadsters, to cutting edge autonomous cars, on to hydrogen-powered track cars.

A few of our favorites ...

Opel GT Concept

The Opel GT's next-gen LED matrix headlamps create a three-dimensional beam that purportedly offers glare-free high beam performance
The Opel GT's next-gen LED matrix headlamps create a three-dimensional beam that purportedly offers glare-free high beam performance

We looked at the GT Concept exterior and interior designs prior to Geneva, so we knew this was bound to be a favorite. It didn't disappoint in the flesh, tantalizing the eyes with its combination of colorful, curvy styling, high-tech cockpit, and unique design cues like its oversized, fixed-window doors.

Italdesign Giugiaro GTZero

Italdesign GTZero debuts at Geneva 2016
Italdesign GTZero debuts at Geneva 2016

After taking in every angle of Italdesign's stretched-out electric GT concept, we're not sure if we love or hate the shooting brake-meets-estate styling. It's too long to be a properly sporty, sexy shooting brake, but its two doors make it too small and impractical to play the role of wagon. Still, something about its geometric window framing and long, sloped roof resonates days later - and we guess that's what a good design house concept car should do.

DS E-Tense

DS calls that shade "metallic green ametrine"
DS calls that shade "metallic green ametrine"

Citroën always knows how to liven up a motor show with unique concept cars, and it looks like its new DS premium brand will follow suit. Even if you think, as some seem to, that the E-Tense's overall look is too similar to existing cars like the Audi R8 or Lexus LC500, unique styling points like the rear windshield-free roof, wavy, vented flanks and rotating LED headlamps give the E-Tense a presence like no other car in Geneva. The 402-hp, ~200-mile (~322-km) range electric powertrain puts a little icing on a stylish cake.

Those are our favorites, but be sure to stop by the full Geneva Motor Show concept car photo gallery and discover your own. Let us know what you decide in the comments section.

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