But in 2018 we've also had a lot of concept cars being shown, some of which will turn into production versions as soon as 2019, some so insane it's likely we'll never actually get to see them on the road.
This week, we thought to make a trip back to the start of the year and work our way back to present day, going through all the concept presented since and choosing the top ten we find to be the most exciting. Peugeot e-legend
Based on the 504, the French have shown at the 2018 Paris Motor Show the e-legend, a concept car meant as a tribute for the 504.
The concept is, of course, electric, and uses 100 kW batteries to reach a maximum range of 600 km (370 miles). Electric motors push the car forward, having a combined output of 456 hp and 800 Nm of torque.
A production version of the e-legend has not yet been confirmed. Mercedes Vision EQ Silver Arrow
Back at the beginning of motorsports, in the 1930s, Mercedes was racing at events across Europe with cars called Silver Arrows. Since the three-pointed star brand is one that values its past, a concept car that mixes past and future was shown this year.
Called Mercedes Vision EQ Silver Arrow, the concept made its appearance at the Monterey Car Week with an 80-kWh battery and 738 horsepower electric motors instead of the supercharged internal combustion engine.
No production version of the car is planned at the moment.Audi PB18 e-tron
In anticipation of that moment, Audi showed at the Pebble Beach show it's first fully electric supercar, the PB18 e-tron.
Meant as a tribute to “years of winning the Le Mans racing series,” the PB18 is powered by a 95 kWh with a range of 500 kilometers (310.7 miles) and three electric motors rated at 201 hp at the front wheels and 469 hp at the rear.
No plans for a production run were made public.Genesis Essentia
At New York Auto Show, Genesis presented the Essentia, the brand's first electric vehicle, powered by a high-density battery pack and an undisclosed number of electric motors.
No confirmation was made about a production version of the Essentia. BMW Vision iNEXT
In September, BMW unveiled the Vision iNext, a car that is supposed to be the embodiment of both the electric and autonomous aspirations of the Bavarians. Infiniti Prototype 10
The most exciting of Infiniti's concepts this year is the Prototype 10, a creation of the company's new design chief, Karim Habib.
A continuation of the Prototype 9 of earlier years, the 10 came with no info about powertrain and capabilities, and no production confirmation.
Still, it was one of the most exciting concepts to look at this year. Pininfarina Hybrid Kinetic GT
For Chinese company Hybrid Kinetic, Pininfarina designed the GT, shown at the Geneva Motor Show. Comprising an undisclosed number of batteries, four electric motors and a two-speed transmission, the concept develops 1,000 horsepower and has a range of 1,000 km (621 miles).
It is unlikely the car will actually make it into production.DS X E-Tense
The machine is designed to have the seating positions of the two people it can carry are offset from one another. The car is autonomous and electric and is powered by two electric motors that develop 540 horsepower for road use or 1,360 horsepower for track purposes.
Of the bunch of concepts in this piece, the X E-Tense is the only one that was not actually built and was shown just like a rendering. No production version is coming.Jeep Easter Safari Concepts
The seven cars are the Jeepster, B-Ute, J-Wagon, 4Speed, Sandstorm, Nacho and Wagoneer Roadtrip and saw action during the 52nd edition of the Easter Jeep Safari.
For now, the concepts are only one-offs, but with Jeep one never knows.Lamborghini Terzo Millennio
Unlike other concepts shown this year, the Terzo Millennio doesn't use a battery but is in itself a battery. Visually, the concept is said to preview the next generation Aventador.