Automakers unveiling their newest vehicles at the North American International Auto Show media previews this week were in a mood to celebrate. With the economy rebounding and gas prices at an all-time low, it's been a great year for them, despite the record number of recalls they issued in 2014. Last year, 6,531,070 cars and light trucks were sold, the highest total since 2006, and forecasters say that the strong sales are likely to continue.
Carmakers hoped to hit some home runs to fuel the momentum as they took the wraps off nearly 50 new offerings for an audience of journalists from all over the world. (The show opens to the public on Jan. 17). Power and performance were big themes in an auto show that was on steroids compared to previous years. The five eye-catching models that follow include some that are just in the concept stage and others that will go on sale within the next year. All of them demonstrate innovation in styling and are worthy of attention from anyone surveying the car market.
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