Photos: Concept car winners & losers
Concepts had been largely omitted from the auto-show circuit to save money and focus on products people actually bought. Well, the good times are back, and so are the concept cars. Cars.com editors reviewed the latest offerings from the Detroit and Los Angeles auto shows. Comment on your favorite concept cars below. More photos: Auto show concept cars
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David Thomas: Winner
Detroit showgoers will only get to see the coupe concept, as the sedan was shipped to another show in Canada, but the coupe is the more radical, with a very intriguing spoiler — a spoiler that may even make it into production later this year. It isn't a radical departure, but the Civic is a perennial best-seller with good looks. Why mess with it?
Joe Wiesenfelder: Winner
Agreed. The current Civic is still competitive, despite being relatively "old" in the market. Honda needs to dial it up in terms of interior, mileage and features, but the styling is probably best tweaked rather than overhauled. It would have been nice to see an interior, though. We expect to drive the production cars – both body styles, including the hybrid – in April, so Honda has some work to do, and fast.
Kelsey Mays: Winner
Provided Honda keeps the Civic's cabin materials top-notch, this was a good direction. The prior-gen Civic was the first design to really take, from a styling standpoint. The automaker hasn't messed with a good thing. If the gas-mileage claims pan out — 40 mpg or better highway from the base model — then the next Civic should be as competitive as ever.
Joe Bruzek: Loser
It's too bad that auto-show visitors won't be able to see the Civic sedan concept. The new styling hugs the sedan much better than the coupe. The coupe looks bulky, bloated and less athletic than the current car and sedan concept.