There were plenty of great production-car debuts at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, but, as is often the case, the real stars were the concepts.
Featuring styling and technology that's not intended for near-term production, concept cars are the manufacturers' way of providing a little glimpse into the automotive future. Here are six versions of the future worth getting excited about.
Audi allroad Shooting Brake
Audi's allroad wagons have provided an alternative to gas-guzzling SUVs for years, but the allroad shooting brake concept adds a bit of sportiness to what has been a pretty staid body design.
The return of the shooting brake – a coupe-wagon crossbreed that hasn't been popular for decades – is typified by Ferrari's 2012 FF and the 2013 Jaguar XF. Audi's pint-size take on the idea is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine teamed with two electric motors and an 8.8-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack.
The total system output is 408 horsepower, enough to get the shooting brake to 60 miles per hour in 4.6 seconds, and on to a top speed of 155 miles per hour.
More conservative driving yields a 509-mile range, including 31 miles of electric-only range. Not a bad combination, even if it is for a car we'll likely never drive.