This is a very different look for Volkswagen. The VW Cross Coupe GTE, which made its debut at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, is a hybrid crossover with some forward-thinking innovations inside.
This flexible concept combines a turbodiesel engine with plug-in electrification technology. The result is high efficiency (and a lot of torque).
Practicality is often sacrificed on aesthetic's altar for sporty cars, but as the Cross Coupe concept shows, it might become a trend for high-riding four-wheel drives, too.
This year's Detroit auto show featured two welcome revivals, the new Ford GT and Acura NSX, along with a slew of potent new launches.
Though Japan suffered an earthquake and tsunami last year, devastating its automotive business, the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show is an example of the country bouncing back, with new concepts and tech initiatives highlighting the auto industry's resurgence.