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Ugliest cars from the Detroit auto show

Like a fashion show where the clothes are often over-the-top, auto shows give automakers free rein to trot out their most unique designs. Sometimes those designs are stunning, and other times, well, not so much.

While beauty is most assuredly in the eye of the beholder, these cars from the recent 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit left many shaking their heads and wondering what the car designers were thinking.

Hyundai HCD-14 concept

Why it's ugly: The slab sides are out of proportion to the roof line, and the grille looks like a giant mouth.

Will they build it? Yes, in some form.

2013 Maserati Quattroporte

Why it's ugly: It's not so much ugly as it is a mishmash of design elements that look like the combination of a Buick and a Toyota, not a luxury Italian car.

Will they build it? Yes, it's a 2013 model.

2013 Mini Paceman JCW

Why it's ugly: It's a Mini on steroids, with flower wheels.

Will they build it? Yes, it's a 2013 model.

Smart forstars Sports Utility Coupe

Why it's ugly: The cute Smart car looks like it has been squashed into an angry bug.

Will they build it? For now, Smart says it's just a concept.

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