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BEST IN SHOW: Ford Fo­cus. The first truly global new car from the blue oval brand is a good looker with so much prom­ise. Think of it as an up­scaled, and up­scale, Ford Fi­esta and you get the pic­ture. It is dis­played as both a hatch and sedan in Detroit and will be a win­ner when it gets to Aus­tralia.

WORST IN SHOW: Chrysler con­cept. The per­son who de­cided it would be a good idea to slap a toothy Chrysler grille on a Lan­cia Delta should be fired. Right now. It’s ugly and a dread­ful pointer to how bad things could get with Fiat and Chrysler in bed to­gether

MOST FUN: Volk­swa­gen NCC. The danc­ing boys, not girls, used to un­veil the New Con­cept Coupe on the Volk­swa­gen stand. A brave move and a lot of fun.

FU­TURE STAR: Honda CR-Z and Toy­ota FT-CH. A tie be­tween the hy­brid he­roes from the two Ja­panese brands, with the CR-Z scor­ing be­cause it is ready now and the Toy­ota be­cause it will have much more Gen-Y ap­peal than a Prius.

BRIGHT IDEA: Audi e-tron. Most brands think plug-in elec­tric cars are just for the city, but Audi is con­vinced that bat­tery power can work for a su­per­car. It started the e-tron story last year in Frankfurt and moved it up a gear in Detroit.

BEST CON­CEPT: GMC Gran­ite. The GM truck brand has lots of room to grow af­ter the sale of Hum­mer and the Gran­ite shows great po­ten­tial as a tough ur­ban run­about. It stays true to GMC but moves the brand on and up.

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