Showstoppers: the Geneva Motor Show reveals

As far as showstopping reveals go, we were spoilt for choice at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. If this year's event is to be remembered for anything, it’s probably the year the internal combustion engine didn’t die.

Despite pushing the hybrid mantra around the show circuit for years, from vanilla city cars right up to the latest performance models, almost every manufacturer still featured petrol and diesel options, showing there’s life yet in the old spark and compression-ignition donks.

Concepts such as the Renault Twingo give a sense that even small cars can be more than the sum of their parts, while gorgeous, voluptuous design studies reflected in vehicles such as the Maserati Alfieri demonstrate that there is still room for beauty on the world’s roads.

The Geneva Motor Show fills six halls covering more than 100,000 square metres of space, and for this photo gallery we’ve ignored all the ‘Do Not Enter’ signs to prod, probe and explore the cars that, for whatever reason, stopped us in our tracks.

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