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Geneva Motor Show 2015: The Wild and the Wacky (W/Video)

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The 85th Geneva International Motor Show was a banner year for stunning concept and production vehicles. Our jaws hit the floor for a variety of reasons -- from the interior of the Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 to all 23.5 feet of the Mercedes-Maybach Pullman S600.

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But there were wilder, wackier, less publicized debuts of cars and technology at Geneva 2015 that got our attention. Here is what got us talking at the PALEXPO Center this year:

EDAG Light Cocoon

The future is 3D printing of everything up to and including cars. This one features "bionic design" inspired by the structure of a leaf, with a spider-web of fibrous structure supporting a thin skin. This car's body is a similar spiderweb of laser-sintered aluminum covered by a weatherproof, stretchable Jack Wolfskin cloth skin. You can back-light it any color in the rainbow, and you can change the surface shape for active aerodynamics without extra cut lines. Very futuristic. Frank Markus

Ford's automatic door guard

Some ideas are so simple, you wonder why no one has come up with them before. Ford did just that with its new automatic door guard. The ingenious device automatically covers the edge of the door with a piece of plastic to protect the door should it hit another car. It just as quickly disappears when the door begins to close. It eliminates those unsightly protection strip lines seen on other cars doors. Some owners may never even notice the guards, but they'll certainly appreciate them the one time someone parks a little too close and they find themselves clipping the car next to them. Scott Burgess


Nissan GT-R Le Mans Prototype

The Geneva Show is never short on wild design and technology. Nissan's new Le Mans prototype race car perhaps epitomizes that best, what with a revolutionary front-engine, front-drive design that is a contradiction to the mid-engine, all-wheel-drive hybrids from Audi, Porsche, and Toyota. Ron Kiino

The Mansory Booth

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From the quaint Quant Quantino to the Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus supercar-slaying SCG003, there was plenty of wild at this year's show, but I feel like the wackiness that is the entire Mansory booth just has to be addressed, once and for all. I know there is no accounting for taste, but how is this aftermarket "tuning" outfit able to keep pumping out such hideous creations at the world's most elite luxury- and supercar-focused international auto show? One look at the turbocharged and carbon fiber-encrusted Lamborghini Huracan Mansory prepped for the show will turn your blood cold -- and it was the least offensive vehicle in the booth as you shall see. Now, let us never mention the name Mansory again. Ed Loh

Rinspeed Budii

Swiss-based Rinspeed describes itself as a creative automotive think tank, though some of the wild and wacky concepts it has displayed at the Geneva show since 1979 make you wonder what it was thinking. At first glance, the BMW i3-based Budii, which features a steering wheel mounted on a precision seven-axis robotic arm, provokes exactly that reaction. You watch bemused as arm articulates gently to move the wheel from the left to the right hand side of the car, then twists back on itself to park the wheel low down at the center of the car -- before pausing to rock gently. The rocking motion winds the watch attached to the robotic arm, and that's Swiss humor at work. The concept, however, is deadly serious. One of the big problems for automakers designing autonomous vehicles is what to do with the space-consuming steering wheel when it's not being used. With its novel robotic arm, and steer by wire technology, Rinspeed offers er a creative solution. Angus MacKenzie

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