1 . 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe
Cadillacs first compact luxury coupe was a disappointment from a style viewpoint. Theres a new crest in the middle of the trademark giant front grille of this vehicle, but that, and its more agile handling, isnt enough to set it apart from other luxury competitors. Cadillacs car is designed to bring additional younger buyers to the brand, but its boxy shape may not be enough to draw them from nameplates.?
2 . Acura TLX Prototype
This sedan was designed to replace the TL, but theres not much to embrace about its styling. Acuras trademarkJewel Eye LED headlightsare a bright spot, but the rest of the vehicle is uninteresting and too safe to attract much notice. It likely wont cause current buyers to flee the brand, but it may not be successful in attracting converts, with all the other sizzling luxury offerings in the market.
3 . 2015 Volkswagen Passat
This new product doesnt bring any surprising styling from a vehicle in a segment not known for bold designs. Though it gets an impressive 42 miles per gallon in fuel economy, that factor alone is unlikely to sell the vehicle. Theres nothing to new capture ones attention, and it could easily blend in with previous model year Passats.
4 . Chevrolet Corvette Z06
No auto show would be complete without Chevys quintessential sports car. It could be considered blasphemy in some circles to chastise this new model, but the Corvette now has plenty of tough competition in the luxury performance car segment, and this latest model does little to make it stand out. Chevrolet hasnt done much to overhaul its exterior. Perhaps thats because the automaker is reluctant to tinker with an icon. That may not be the wisest decision, with so many cool models of a similar class nipping at its heels
5 . Subaru 2015 WRX STI
The first thing one notices on this car is a large, rectangular, rear spoiler that sticks up like an obstruction. Theres also ahood scoopthat provides a supply of fresh air for cooling, but its placed conspicuously on top of the car, resulting in an odd, unappealing shape. Subaru points to narrower headlightsdesigned to evoke a raptors starethat flank the grille, which do make the front of the car more interesting. The overall shape, though, is standard and falls short.
6 . 2015 Audi A8
Though the North American International Auto Show included many bold vehicles that defied conventional styling, in some cases automakers played it safe to detrimental results. The styling on this new Audi A8 does little to differentiate itself from its sporty, luxury peers. Despite a redesigned front and new LED headlights, the car doesnt pop. It looks boxy and conservative. And with an MSRP in the $75,000 range (the cost of the current model), this could have been more scintillating.
7 . Mercedes Benz GLA 45
This car transforms a practical SUV into a head-turning crossover vehicle that could easily lure younger buyers. Despite having a smaller, four cylinder engine, it accelerates from zero to 60 miles per hour in 4.8 seconds and has 355 horsepower. The car has a sportier feel, with brawny bumpers and a twin-blade radiator grill.
8 . GMC 2015 Canyon
Practical enough to haul materials at a construction site, this key entry into the mid-sized truck segment also boasts a roomy, luxurious interior thats as nice as any you would find in a passenger car. But theres an ample bed to transport cargo, so the driver doesnt need to compromise on functionality and practicality. As Ford steps out of the competition with no mid-sized offering and customers reconsider trucks as the economy picks up, this vehicle could be a boon for GM, appealing to customers from the crossover segment.
9 . Toyota FT 1 Concept
Toyota has been known more for its stalwart, conventional designs than bold styling. But it pushed past those boundaries with this sporty car, which makes a big statement. In the vein of the Celica, this is the result of a new design process, which streamlines Toyotas traditional consensus-based approach. The result is a sloping car, with a low-slung cockpit, reminiscent slightly of a Corvette. The car has already scored a marketing coup: Its used in the Sony Play Station Gran Turismo game.
10 . BMW 2015 M4 Coupe
A high-performance sports car made with carbon fiber materials, this is sporty and eye-catching, with aggressive styling. At the same time, its a step forward in green. Instead of the gas-guzzling V8, it has a fuel-efficient, turbocharged six cylinder engine that packs plenty of pep. The use of aluminum and carbon fiber make for a far lighter vehicle that gets 25 percent better fuel efficiency than its predecessor. But judging from the cars dazzling appearance, no compromises were made to get there.