The Geneva Motor Show always had good form when it comes to the best supercar manufacturers trotting out their latest, greatest, fastest and lightest new models. But, venture a little further from some of the main halls and you'll soon come across some less well-known makers and designs. Here's a look at just a few.
Borgward Isabella Coupe
No, you haven't slipped through a wormhole to the 1957 Geneva Motor Show; this is the new Isabella Coupe from Borgward. Originally founded in 1929, Borgward was based in Bremen, Germany, but has been defunct since it went bankrupt in 1961.
The brand is now under the ownership of Chinese firm Fonton, which plans to relaunch the brand with a car that will use "state-of-the-art e-mobility systems." For now, all Borgward could show was that rather elegant old car, and the promise that we will see something new at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
Italdesign Giugiaro Gea
Design house Giugiaro rolled out its vision for how driverless cars could look in the future. The rather grand saloon is powered electrically and still features all the usual controls for manual driving, but the cabin has been made to be as spacious as possible for when the car takes control. In such cases where it does, the front passenger seat conveniently converts into a bed. Externally it's the usual elegant lines we're used to seeing from Giugiaro, a subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group, although the huge 60-spoke 26-inch alloy wheels might not give the smoothest of rides.
Khan Huntsman 6x6 Concept
Not man enough for a Mercedes-AMG 6x6? Khan, the company famed for fitting nasty-looking bodykits to Range Rovers, has been expanding its portfolio and here lies its latest creation. Called the Flying Huntsman 6x6, it is based on a Land Rover Defender that has had an additional axle bolted on, because let's face it; Defenders aren't great at travelling off-road, right?
Power comes from a 6.3-litre LS3 V8 from General Motors that produces 436hp. What it gains in axles it still lacks in doors, quite why they use the five-door Defender for this concept still boggles the mind. Perhaps it was just to underline to stupidity of this creation.
Magna Steyr Mila Plus
You might not know of Magna Steyr, but you will have certainly seen the Austrian engineering company's work on our roads. It's actually contracted to produce a number of vehicles for car manufacturers including the Mercedes-Benz G Wagon (since 1979), the MINI Countryman and MINI Paceman as well as the Peugeot RCZ. Previously it had also made the BMW X3, Chrysler 300C and Aston Martin Rapide.
The Mila Plus is a two-seater four-wheel drive hybrid sports car that is powered by a three-cylinder petrol engine and two electric motors. Maga Steyr claims it to have an electric-only driving range of up to 75 kilometres and is quick enough to reach 100km/h from rest in 4.9 seconds. Don't expect to see one on sale anytime soon though, as the concept is more of a demonstration to car manufacturers of the firm's expertise in aluminium and bonding.
Tata Bolt Sport
Not heard of Tata before? They are an Indian car manufacturer that just happens to own a couple of more well-known brands, namely Jaguar and Land Rover. This year Tata had a sport hatchback called the Bolt Sport on display, which unlike some of its previous creations (Tata Nano anyone?) actually looked pretty good and well-finished. It has a 121hp 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine with a five-speed manual transmission. Its simple looks are up to standards that we're used to seeing from many of the European brands, although we're not expecting to see any on Irish roads too soon. Shame really.
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