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This week it opened its doors to the 82nd annual Geneva Motor show and the international automotive industry was there to impress.
There were no less than 140 world debuts in the opening two days of the show. And there was plenty of metal from the world's best supercar manufacturers competing for the limelight.
Among the heavy-hitters were the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster, the Ferrari F630, the Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster and the Infiniti Emerg-E plug-in hybrid sports car.
But the one that grabbed all the attention was the controversial Bentley EXP 9F SUV concept. It's a hyper-luxury 4x4 that is expected to go into production by 2016 but one can only hope they spend the next four years refining the design.
Yes, it is powered by the company's 440kW W12 engine and it is reportedly the fastest off-roader in the world, but you would have to say it was built more for purpose than looks.
But it was not just the top end of the market which turned up to Geneva to reveal cars for the first time. There was also plenty to see from the mainstream manufacturers. And many of the cars that are on show in Geneva this week will be on Australian roads within a year.
We have highlighted some of the cars that will arrive here in the near future.
Peugeot's new entry-level three and five-door hatch is lighter, more efficient and far better looking than the 207 it replaces.
The French car maker also revealed two 208 concepts, the sporty GTi and XY, intended for city drivers looking for a little more performance, technology and high style.
Peugeot is calling them concepts but they looked production ready, so don't be surprised if they become available this year.
It was a big show for the French car maker, which also revealed its Mitsubishi ASX-derived 4008 compact SUV. Though it shares its underpinnings with the ASX, all the body panels except the rear door are unique to the 4008.
It replaces the Outlander-based 4007 compact softroader but is 300mm shorter. The Peugeot softroader's high packaging standard has been met again with the 4008 model.
It will be available in two and four-wheel-drive when launched in Australia in June with a sub-$30,000 price tag.
There are no surprises in the styling department - it looks the same as the concept previewed in Geneva a year ago. It gains the current Audi family look with more angular headlights, familiar tail-light design and sharply creased sides that juxtapose the curvy front and rear-end styling.
The front overhang is now shorter thanks to an extended wheelbase (23mm) on a body that is almost unchanged in length and height but is 12mm wider.
The third-generation model will be available with plenty of technological innovations for the premium compact segment, including LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping and blind-spot assistance, traffic sign recognition, fatigue detection, self-parking and a collision prediction and mitigation system.
The drop-top now flaunts an aluminium body 35kg lighter than its predecessor, a roomier 911-style interior and the choice of two upgraded direct-injection six-cylinder engines that are more powerful than their predecessors and use 15 per cent less fuel.
The mid-engined, two-seater roadster, due to go on sale in Australia in July, also has a new suspension set-up.
While the FT-Bh remains a concept, the Yaris Hybrid is the real deal, and was uncovered for the first time in Geneva.
Ferrari says it believes in "the 12-cylinder of the future", and it proved it in Geneva by unveiling the F12 Berlinetta.
The new-generation V12 is capable of making the Berlinetta the most powerful road car in Ferrari history, pumping out 545kW, with a 30 per cent reduction in fuel consumption to boot. In terms of styling, the Berlinetta seems to fall somewhere in between the classic lines of the California and the edginess of the 458. There's nothing much wrong with this car - if you can afford one.
In 60 years of Mercedes' SL range, it has debuted five cars at Geneva. The tradition continued this year, with the covers coming off the SL63 AMG. This roadster does the family name no harm, with the typical sleek Mercedes styling and 415kW in its most powerful engine configuration.
Mercedes has made sure the SL (Super Light) is exactly what is should be, shedding 125kg in comparison to the older SL model. There's also a 30 per cent drop in fuel consumption, with livable figures of 9.9L/100km.
Has there ever been a bigger turnaround in styling between two generations of car?
The feedback was "change nothing", so they left it alone. The result is a massive win. The A-Class will also have full iPhone integration, including the use of the Siri voice-activation system.
This impressive car is expected in Australia early next year.
BMW is having its first crack at a four-door coupe, with the 6 Series Gran Coupe revealed in Geneva.
The European range includes a six-cylinder petrol (235kW), six-cylinder diesel (230kW) and a 4WD eight-cylinder version, pumping out 330kW.
The new M6 Coupe is here, and its figures tell an impressive story.
The twin-turbo V8 makes 412kW, with little touches such as carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic keeping the weight down.
The result is 0-100kmh in 4.2 seconds. And when you want to slow down, you can have carbon ceramic brakes fitted as an option.
Like the SL63 AMG and the Berlinetta, the M6 Coupe uses 30 per cent less fuel as well, joining the Merc at 9.9L/100km. It is due in Australia later this year.
Jaguar has officially joined the wagon market, with the stylish and versatile XF Sportbrake.
As the name suggests, the wagon is based on the Jaguar XF, and it seems the British brand has done a good job.
With 48mm additional headroom in the back, rear air suspension with self-levelling technology, and enough room in the boot to fit a set of golf clubs across the width, the XF Sportbrake is a proper wagon that looks like a proper Jaguar.It comes with either four-cylinder or V6 diesels and is due in Australia early next year.
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