5 hot concept cars at Detroit auto show

Visit any auto show and you'll find plenty of gleaming paint and glittering chrome to capture your attention. But at the recent North American International Auto Show in Detroit, automakers pulled out all the stops, unveiling these concept cars to the automotive media and the public to drool over. Which concept car do you want parked in your driveway?

Toyota FT-1

What it is: Two-seat sports car.
Why it's hot: Front-engine, rear-wheel drive that harkens back to the Toyota 2000GT.
Will it ever be built? A toned-down version will likely be Toyota's next sports car.

Volkswagen Beetle Dune

What it is: A Beetle with an off-road look.
Why it's hot: A modern-day Baja Bug, Dune is based on a Beetle R-Line, with 210-horsepower turbocharged direct-injected 2.0-liter engine.
Will it ever be built? Volkswagen says Dune is "production ready." It could be offered in a limited run if it is well-received at auto shows.

Kia GT4 Stinger

What it is: 2+2 seat sports car.
Why it's hot: It has rear-wheel drive with a 315-horsepower turbocharged engine and a six-speed manual transmission.
Will it ever be built? Probably not, but the styling is likely to be the inspiration for future models.

Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge

What it is: High-performance sports sedan.
Why it's hot: Designed with a Formula One car in mind, it is lower and wider than the current Q50.
Will it ever be built: Unlikely, but Infiniti says the styling and high-performance characteristics hint at future Infiniti models.

Audi Allroad Shooting Brake

What it is: Two-door crossover.
Why it's hot: It's a plug-in hybrid that goes from zero to 62 mph in 4.6 seconds, yet its all-wheel drive means that it's also agile off pavement.
Will it ever be built: Not in this form, but some design and powertrain elements will be used in future sports-car models.


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