Eight of the most exciting cars spotted at the Geneva Motor Show

It's known for its crazy concept cars and radical supercars, the Geneva motor show is known for some innovative thinking and bold designs.

It was no different in 2019, where electric cars dominated and technology played a starting role in shaping cars of the future.

There was still room for quirkiness and some left-field thinking, amassing one of the most diverse collections of motor show machines in recent years.

Aston Martin Vanquish Vision

For a brand known for creating cars with long, elegant bonnets, some of its newer machines have been a radical departure – plonking the engine behind the occupants.

The Vanquish Vision is a precursor to the first mainstream Aston Martin to use a mid-engined configuration.

Utilising a new V6 engine – ultimately set to replace the Mercedes-AMG V8s the brand is currently rolling out across some models – the production version of the Vanquish Vision will arrive in showrooms in 2022.

The target? Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren, each specialists in mid-engine supercars. Let the games begin!

GFG Style Kangaroo

The name suggests something cuddly and cute, but the sleek supercar design is anything but, a sharply aangled nose reminiscent of Italian exotica.

The all-electric concept was created by GFG, an Italian design house run by Giorgetto Giugiaro, formerly of ItalDesign, a company responsible for some of the world's most iconic cars over many decades.

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While the Kanagaroo is all about going fast – it has two 180kW electric motors – it's also designed to go off-road.

Hydraulic suspension can be raised to create a towering 260mm of ground clearance, enough to ensure it can traverse "sand, dirt or snow".

As for the name? "Just like a kangaroo it rises up, springs into action, jumps from one terrain to another and is fast, very fast indeed!"

Pininfarina Battista

There's more than a hint of Ferrari in the Battista, which is perhaps no surprise considering Pininfarina is the Italian design house famous for creating dozens of Ferraris before the company brought all designs in-house.

Unlike a Ferrari, though, the Battista has no screaming engine, instead relying on four electric motors to create 1400kW – about three times your average supercar.

It's claimed to take "less than two seconds" to reach 100km/h and can travel 450km on a charge.

Far from a one-off concept, Pininfarina has already started taking orders, with price estimates in the several million dollar range.

Nobe 100

Three-wheelers have a reputation for looking weird and tipping over, but that hasn't deterred Estonian startup Nobe from testing the waters.

While its design is thoroughly 1960s Alfa Romeo the company says the three-wheeled inspiration came from the Benz Patent-Motorwagen from 1885, regarded as the first car.

With three seats and a removable targa roof, the Nobe uses three electric motors to power all three wheels.

Available as a base model or faster GT, the Nobe even has an optional "muscle car" switch as part of the Cruiser pack.

Start saving, though, because the price of the first "vintage" electric vehicle kicks off at 37,000 Euros ($60,000), before taxes.

Bugatti La Voiture Noire

There's nothing like getting to the point, with Bugatti's latest motor show car translating to The Black Car.

Indeed it is, a throwback to the legendary Atlantic, the black one the only of four produced not seen since 1941.

Beneath its retro-inspired carbon fibre body are the mechanicals of the Chiron, which amounts to a quad-turbocharged 16-cylinder engine that produces 1103kW.

The La Voiture Noire is a production car but it's the only one that will be produced, a bespoke car created for a (wealthy) enthusiast.

The price? 11 million Euros (almost $18 million) plus taxes, making it the most expensive new car ever sold.

Polestar 2

Look out Tesla, Volvo has you in its crosshairs with the new 2, the latest electric car from its Polestar performance sub-brand.

Arriving in Australia in 2020, the Polestar 2 will eventually be priced from about $70K, although early launch editions will run into six figures.

A 78kWh battery pack provides 500km of emissions free range and two electric motors driving all four wheels produce 300kW, giving sub-five-second 0-100km/h capability.

Volvo made a big deal of speed limiting all its cars to 180km/h from 2020 "to highlight the dangers of speeding".

But apparently those dangers don't exist in a Polestar, with the head of the brand later telling journalists there were no plans to follow its parent company's lead.

Audi Q4 e-Tron

It's the car that was always going to happen: take the electric thinking behind the upcoming Audi e-Tron and apply it to a smaller, more affordable model.

That's what the Audi Q4 e-Tron promises when it goes into production and makes it into dealerships in 2021.

Powering all four wheels is 225kW of electric motors (75kW up front and 150kW out back), fed by an 82kWh battery claimed to cover 450km between charges.

Expect pricing to slip below $100K.

Aston Martin Lagonda All-Terrain

Want to stand out off the beaten track?

The Aston Martin Lagonda All-Terrain could be just the ticket, the all-electric SUV styled to turn heads.

Describing it as a brand he sees "no limits for", Aston Martin boss Andy Palmer describes Lagonda as a brand that will reimagine luxury transport.

"Wherever you are in a Lagonda, whatever the journey and whichever seat you occupy, it will re-introduce you to the wonder of travel," he says.

Looking at the bold lines and extended rump of the All-Terrain concept – a car that will spawn a production version from 2022 – it seems those on the outside will also be given an insight to the game-changing ethos.