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Detroit auto show that made it — or not

— Prototype cars also called concepts appear at every auto They’re a way for companies to test gauge reaction and hint at designs.

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Audi, Nissan, Volkswagen and others will concept cars at this Detroit auto show, opens to the public Jan. 18.

will be nearly identical to the that wind up in dealerships; will be more outlandish.

Here are some past that debuted in Detroit the last decade, and what afterwards:

Five That It:

Chevrolet Volt (2007) GM’s revolutionary electric car a backup gas engine debuted as a concept in 2007. So, fans disappointed with the dull of the production version revealed a later. The car required significant changes to improve its efficiency. But at the idea made it to market. The went on sale in 2010.

Karma (2008) — The sports car, with its hood and flowing lines, crowds as a concept car in 2008. The Karma went on sale years later. But it was plagued safety recalls, and Fisker halted production and filed for protection. That wasn’t the final chapter, however. At year’s auto show, a called VL Automotive showed the — a Karma body a Corvette engine under the This year, VL Automotive is to show off a convertible Destino.

Cadillac Converj (2009) A rakish Cadillac with the Volt’s plug-in hybrid wowed crowds in 2009, a year when there was to cheer about in the auto The Converj, renamed the ELR, in production form at the 2013 and is set to go on sale early this

Ford Vertrek (2011) There’s no Vertrek on the lot at your Ford dealer. But there is a Escape, the small crossover SUV the sleek Vertrek foreshadowed in its Detroit debut. The new Escape was a departure from the boxy old and customers welcomed it. The Escape was the 9th vehicle in the U.S. last

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Hyundai HCD-14 (2013) The elegant HCD-14 previewed the new which Hyundai will at this year’s show. details from the concept, the rear-hinged rear doors and the grille, didn’t survive. But the teems with new technology, automatic parking and compatibility the Google Glass wearable

Five That Didn’t:

Kahuna (2003) — at surfers, the Kahuna was a cross a Woodie wagon and a minivan. It did one feature that eventually it into Chrysler’s minivans: seats that were a to the Stow N’ Go seating in 2005.

Infiniti Kuraza — With the boxy, Kuraza, Infiniti was exploring how to equal seating space to six It never made it to Infiniti But the concept bears an uncanny to the seven-passenger Ford Flex.

Imperial (2006) — The and imposing Imperial sedan was Rolls Royce than An homage to Imperial sedans of the and 1940s, the Chrysler Imperial was to be headed to market in 2010. But that could happen. filed for bankruptcy protection, and the disappeared.

Mazda Furai (2008) A super car with wildly lines was the apex of Mazda’s — or flow — language. The lone model was destroyed by a fire that year. But before its demise, the helped Mazda prove its chops.

Toyota A-Bat — The funky A-Bat truck had a 4-foot bed that be extended to 6 feet, as well as a compartment. Toyota shelved it the recession slowed demand for — especially weird-looking

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