Geneva Motor Show 2011 Print
Tuesday, 29 March 2011

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2011’s Geneva auto show was very different from those of the last 2 last years. The atmosphere was positive this year with a welcome return of some real supercars and concept cars. From simple styling studies to full-on predictions of forthcoming production models, the prototypes were numerous at Geneva. They were innovative and show renewed confidence within the automotive industry.

In this report, we focus on this new, brighter situation and present all the main new cars exhibited in Geneva. We look at their lighting equipment in relation with styling, safety and energy consumption.

The main innovative concept cars disclosed at Geneva include:
Audi's A3 concept, BMW's Vision2 with its connectivedDrive, Citroën's Metropolis imagining their future premium cars, Fiat's Freemont with its nice rear lights, Ford's B-Max challenging existing minicars, Hyundai's CUR3, the innovative Nissan Esflow, Mazda's Minagi and Shinari, Renault's Captur and R-Space, Seat's IBX, and VW's Bulli, the successor of the Combi.

Production cars with the most innovative lighting include:
Chevrolet's Cruze, Aveo, and Volt, Citroën's DS4, Hyundai's i40, Peugeot's 308, Range Rover's Evoque, Mercedes' C-Class Coupé, BMW's X6, Lancia's Epsilon, and Lexus' CT200h.

The 3 takeaway points for this Geneva auto show are:
1. I was a wonderful show with the presence of all car makers and numerous and innovative concept cars.
2. In contrast to the last 2 shows, which were totally focused on eco-friendly cars, the 2011 Geneva show highlights the return of dream cars, so pleasant to see, to drive and to talk about.
3. Thanks to the unlimited styling possibilities of LEDs and the differentiating looks of advanced lighting technology and technique, the cars presented prove there is room for new lighting technologies as they help to reach the hearts of the customers (aside from their improved performance and safety).