When the organizers decided to move the Turin auto show from its traditional late-April date to early June, they hoped to attract more new-model launches.
They thought March's Geneva show was too close to Turin and therefore overshadowed the Italian event.
But the results at Turin 2000 are disappointing. Just two models will make their debuts - the Alfa Romeo 147 and the Hyundai Elantra.
Also worrying is the list of manufacturers not attending the show. Honda, Nissan, BMW, Ford, Rover and Mazda are absent - although Volvo is back after missing the previous show.
There's better news on the design side. Thirteen concept cars or design studies are expected to go on display (see styling round up, below).
From the sensible, environmentally-aware Bertone Slim, to the simple, cost-effective Italian supercar - represented at Turin by the Pininfarina Rosa and Fioravanti F100r.
Here's a look at all the introductions at Turin 2000, which opens its doors to the press on June 8.