Latest Concept Cars Are 'Out of the Box'

Auto columnist Royal Ford finds the ten most noteworthy new vehicles of the 2007 North American International Auto Show.

Published: 15-Jan-2007

DETROIT -- It is often easy to categorize an international auto show: the year of the truck, the year of the small car, the year of the minivan or crossover vehicle.

But that's not the case at the 2007 North American International Auto Show, which is open through next Sunday. The news out of Detroit has been all over the place.

General Motors, at a time when some have already written obituaries for the electric car, rolled out an electric car. While American companies try to get a piece of the expanding small-car market, Toyota roared into the Motor City with its biggest pickup truck ever. European makers are promising cost-saving, clean diesels for all 50 states within two years. And Chrysler launched a new version of the minivan -- a vehicle it invented -- even while Ford and General Motors are abandoning the minivan market to Asian competitors.

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