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.
Nissan Sport Sedan
The Sport Sedan Concept was designed to inject some excitement back into Nissan's lineup of competent-but-forgettable four-doors, and this metallic missile is anything but forgettable. Starting with the highly stylized version of Nissan's "V-Motion" front fascia and working back along the sculpted flanks and bunker-like roof, it's all very appealing.
Under the skin is a 3.5-liter V6, which Nissan says generates "300-plus horsepower." It drives the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission.
That might sound familiar to Maxima drivers, and it should: The concept previews the next version of Nissan's big sedan, and its styling should trickle down to other models as well.