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Automakers are unleashing cool new concept cars--and imaginations--at the 2005 North American International Auto Show.

    Steering into the future

    Ford shows off its SYN U.S. concept car at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 9. The car sports bullet-resistant windows, a homey interior and a giant LCD screen. Ford says the vehicle "is designed for a population moving out of the suburbs and back into big cities."

    Credit: Jim West

    Ford SYN

    Steering into the future

    NAIAS 2005 attendees get a look at the sleek hydrogen-powered BMW H2R.

    Credit: Bryan Mitchell/Getty Images

    BMW H2R

    Steering into the future

    General Motors' Larry Burns unveils the hydrogen fuel cell-powered "skateboard" on which the new Sequel concept vehicle is built. GM has eliminated traditional mechanical systems and substituted by-wire technology that will enhance braking, accelerating and handling.

    Credit: UPI Photo/Joe Polimeni/GM

    GM skateboard

    Steering into the future

    Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Chrysler, sits in the new Chrysler Jeep Hurricane during a presentation at the Detroit show. The all-terrain vehicle features a V8 engine.

    Credit: Harry Melchert

    Chrysler Jeep Hurricane

    Steering into the future

    New Michelin "Tweel" tires are displayed on the Segway Concept Centaur at the 2005 NAIAS. The "Tweel" operates without the use of air.

    Credit: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

    Tweel tires