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5 hot concept cars at the 2016 Detroit auto show

These 5 cars turned heads in Detroit
These 5 cars turned heads in Detroit © GM Corp.

These 5 cars turned heads in Detroit

Auto shows are all about shiny chrome and gleaming paint, but the cars that always become the talk of the show are the concept cars. They may be outlandish, the highest of high-tech, speed demons or top-notch luxury, but they are the cars that draw a crowd. The concepts at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit are no exception. Here are 5 concept cars that wowed the crowds on the show floor this year.

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Kia Telluride
Kia Telluride | Kia

Kia Telluride

What it is: 3-row, 7-passenger SUV.

Why it was built: To showcase Kia's interest in adding an SUV that is larger and more luxurious than the Sorento to its line.

Fun fact: The back doors are rear-hinged and swing open 90 degrees.

Will it go into production? Most likely.

Acura Precision
Acura Precision © iStock

Acura Precision

What it is: A sporty coupe.

Why it was built: To showcase Acura's new, bolder design direction.

Fun fact: The glass of the front and rear side windows meet, with no structural "B" pillar.

Will it go into production? Possibly as a new model, but design elements will definitely be seen in future cars.

Nissan Titan Warrior
Nissan Titan Warrior | Nissan

Nissan Titan Warrior

What it is: Large pickup.

Why it was built: To show a rugged truck built for off-roading.

Fun fact: About 3 inches longer and 6 inches wider than the current Titan.

Will it go into production? No official word, but company execs say they are "exploring new territory where Titan might go in the future."

Volkswagen Tiguan GTE Active
Volkswagen Tiguan GTE Active | Volkswagen

Volkswagen Tiguan GTE Active

What it is: Extreme off-road version of 2017 Tiguan SUV.

Why it was built: To show the technical versatility of the redesigned Tiguan.

Fun fact: Gasoline engine paired with 2 electric motors allow it to travel 20 miles on electric power alone.

Will it go into production? Unlikely, but look for a plug-in hybrid system later.

Buick Avista
Buick Avista © GM Corp.

Buick Avista

What it is: 2+2 coupe.

Why it was built: To showcase a new contemporary design strategy that harkens back to the brand's performance glory days.

Fun fact: The climate-control system has built-in ionic air purifiers and aromatherapy.

Will it go into production? Unlikely, but expect to see some sexier styling on future Buicks.

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