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January 16, 2014 10:30 AM | By Jeremy Sinek for MSN Autos
2014 Detroit auto show: Best concepts

Fun, and production feasibility, characterise the 2014 concept-car crop



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With one noted exception from an unexpected source, this year’s crop of concept cars at NAIAS in Detroit was very much rooted in near-future reality. Automakers wheeled out a wealth of “concepts” that were thinly disguised previews of confirmed future products, or that could quickly and easily achieve production reality if the reaction was positive.

But if provocative out-of-the-box “imagineering” was conspicuously absent, that doesn’t mean the reality was boring. In a refreshing break from the usual earnest, responsible diet of green and (increasingly) autonomous vehicles, most of Detroit’s 2014 concepts were cars (not utilities) – and above all, cars with a mission to put the fun back into driving. Here are the ones that caught our attention.

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