Whether they’re sports cars, luxury cars or out-of-this-world concepts, it pays to go big at the Detroit Auto Show. So what do you think was the best-looking car debuted at NAIAS this week?
Audi RS7: Built on an already beautiful design, the Audi RS7 Sportback adds aggressive vents and extra curves to its four-door coupe profile that effectively hint at the massive power underneath its skin.
Cadillac ELR: The newest hybrid on the block looks like a Madison Avenue executive in a power suit, and the Cadillac ELR may be the best use of the Art & Science design philosophy of all. Did you ever think that’d be possible from something based off the Chevrolet Volt?
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Even if you had high expectations for the seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette, the striking design of America’s newest sports car looks like a crystal ball into the future. It’s extreme, yet tasteful; it’s modern, yet iconic. Muscle cars are hard to get right, but the Stingray pulls it off.
Hyundai HCD-14 Concept: A four-door luxury coupe to compete with the likes of Audi and Mercedes-Benz seems like the last thing that Hyundai would focus on, but with the HCD-14, they've accepted the challenge wholeheartedly. Some may take issue with the glaring front grille, but the Hyundai HCD-14 gets the overall shape down, and it will be fascinating to see whether this eventually reaches production.
Infiniti Q50: It’s not called the G anymore, but the new Infiniti Q50 certainly pays homage to the sporty sedan that preceded it – though its features are updated and more refined in a package that is fluid without coming off soft.
Lexus IS: Everyone has been begging Toyota to get more aggressive, and the result is the 2014 Lexus IS. Did they get it right? With that giant spindle grille and perhaps a little overstyling, they tacked a lot of flamboyance onto an essentially-unchanged shape. Still, the IS has an attitude and personality that it’s lacked for a long time.
Maserati Quattroporte: With cars like the 2014 Maserati Quattroporte roaming golden-paved streets, it’s hard to understand why all automakers don’t simply make something this beautiful. They make it look so easy. And good.
Mercedes-Benz CLA: The new entry-level Benz sure doesn’t look like a basement bargain, with a bold compact design that is especially striking in the side profile. Large inlets frame a front fascia that screams premium luxury, yet the Mercedes-Benz CLA also looks ready to attack switchbacks at a moment’s notice.
Nissan Resonance Concept: If the Nissan Resonance Concept is any indication, there will soon be no reason to shudder at the thought of driving a crossover. The character lines running through the side profile are unlike anything we’ve seen in an SUV before, and the whole package makes you think of exactly the thing that concept cars are supposed to represent: The future.
Toyota Furia Concept: Again, we asked for it, we got it. The Toyota Furia Corolla Concept is weird, it’s extreme, it’s out there – but at least it’s not boring. When the new Corolla debuts later this year, it will probably be blanded down quite a bit. If we’re lucky, some of the fun parts of the Furia like the big rims, fender flares and dynamic rear will make it to production.
So which one do you think was the best-looking car at the Detroit Auto Show?
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