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2012 Detroit Auto Show hits and misses

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As any large and international auto show, Detroit 2012 featured a virtual smorgasbord of new production and concept vehicles to ponder. Some looked — and smelled — incredibly appetizing. Others, not so much. Here are our impressions on 10 vehicles that managed to make an impression either way…

Hit: 2013 Ford Fusion
2013 Ford Fusion front 3/4 view
Photo: Ford

Ford’s midsize sedan entry doesn't play it safe in a category that's historically been the safest in town. So kudos to Ford for having some styling cajones, but also for getting the design right.

The fascia of the 2013 Ford Fusion, with its incredibly thin headlights and chrome and black grille, looks dramatic and interesting. The profile eschews the typical “three-box” sedan motif, with one that looks sleeker and tauter and gives the whole car an identifiable shape. The modern look is also a perfect way for Ford to usher in its new-age four-cylinder and hybrid powertrains.