Concept cars: New York Auto Show winners & losers
Few concept cars debuted at the New York auto show, but editors Mike Hanley, David Thomas, Kelsey Mays and Joe Wiesenfelder trekked the show floor to see them up close, and give them a thumbs up or down. More photos: 2011 New York Auto Show winners & losers ... More from the New York Auto Show
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Mike Hanley: Winner The look of the FR-S concept is just as impressive as Lexus' extraordinarily expensive LFA supercar, but the production version of this concept should be attainable without needing to stage a bank heist. Keep everything the same — like the rear-drive layout and aggressive-looking skin — and Scion could have shoppers storming its showrooms.
Joe Wiesenfelder: Winner No way in the world will a real product look like this, but it's a welcome show car in an era devoid of ambitious concepts. You can't help but linger and stare at it.
David Thomas: Winner This was the best-looking car of the show, period. I'm a bit annoyed that this is the third concept of the same car, but it's the best one, and I think the production car will look a lot like it ... with smaller wheels. The world needs more affordable sports cars.
Kelsey Mays: Winner The LFA similarities are striking. If the eventual production model looks like this concept, Scion should have no problem attracting more young buyers into its fold.