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The wild, high-tech rides of CES (pictures)

Amid the electronics-stuffed halls of CES 2013 there exists a minor car show, a mix of the newest high tech models from major automakers and the wildest modified rides from aftermarket suppliers.

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Ford C-Max Energi

The C-Max Energi, the plug-in version of Ford's new hybrid C-Max, showed up at CES 2013 as the Official Car of CES. Its plug-in hybrid system gives it an EPA fuel economy of 100 miles per gallon equivalent for both gasoline and electric use, while its Sync AppLink system lets drivers use 20 different apps.
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Ford Shelby GT 500

This Shelby GT 500 was attracting attention outside the convention center, probably due to the sign that said "Enter Here To Win."
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Formula Ford 1.0L

Ford's little race car, dubbed the Formula Ford 1.0L, shows off its 1-liter Ecoboost engine.
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Toyota FJ Cruiser at Scosche

Scosche, maker of many aftermarket car tech products, including stereo components and installation kits, brought this big Toyota to the show floor.
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Toyota FJ Cruiser at Scosche

The rear of the FJ Cruiser showed off subwoofers and amps from Scosche's EFX line.
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Chevy 3/4 ton at MTX Audio

This slammed Chevy pick-up truck, sporting an LS7 engine, sat in the MTX Audio booth.
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Chevy 3/4 ton at MTX Audio

In the back of the truck sits an awe-inspiring 24-inch subwoofer.
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Lexus CT 200h at Pioneer

Pioneer used this CT 200h to demonstrate its connected car stereo, along with some heavy duty sound equipment. The car featured modifications by Five Axis.
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Lexus CT 200h at Pioneer

Instead of space for groceries, the rear of the CT 200h held this array of Pioneer's PRS D800 amps.
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SRT Viper

The Chrysler Group puts its new SRT Viper on the floor to attract attention and demonstrate its UConnect Access system.
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Dodge Charger police car

Right around the corner from the SRT Viper sat this Dodge Charger with a police package, attracting attention with its spinning lights.
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Fiat 500L

The Chrysler Group included a little Italian flavor with this Fiat 500L, the newest model in the 500 line. It featured a Beats by Dre audio system.
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Scion FR-S at Phoenix Gold

One of the most popular new sports cars, this Scion FR-S featured a stereo system by Phoenix Gold.
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Scion FR-S at Phoenix Gold

Neatly set into the FR-S's trunk was this five-channel TI 2 amp, with 1,000 watts output on 2 ohm. It powered a 10-inch subwoofer, among other speakers.
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Hyundai Veloster Turbo

Hyundai put its Veloster Turbo model on the floor to demonstrate the BlueLink connectivity system.
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Hyundai Blue2 concept car

The Blue2 concept car was originally unveiled in 2011, and runs on fuel cell technology.
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Mitsubishi GT2000 at Massive Audio

Massive Audio, makers of automotive audio components, had this Mitsubishi GT2000 on the show floor.
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Mitsubishi GT2000 at Massive Audio

The back of the GT2000 boasted five amps from Massive Audio's Nano line, with 1,400 watts total output.
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Kia Sorento

The 2014 Sorento deserved its spot in Kia's booth for its LCD instrument cluster and UVO voice command system.
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Chevrolet 2500 Diesel at ARC Audio

ARC Audio dominated its booth with this massive truck, boasting 4 amps putting out 6,000 watts -- for just the subwoofers.
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Chevrolet Camaro convertible at Farenheit

Farenheit featured this Camaro convertible.
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Chevrolet Camaro convertible at Farenheit

Substream amps and a subwoofer could be found in the Camaro's trunk.
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Scion iQ at Sony

Sony went small, showing off its audio components in this tiny Scion iQ.
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Scion iQ at Sony

Instead of a rear seat, this iQ held six 12-inch XS-GS120 subwoofers.
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Mercedes-Benz CLS at Sony

Sony had more audio components to show in this Mercedes-Benz CLS.
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Lavin's 1951 Ford at Kicker

This 1951 Ford, in Kicker's booth, was slammed and painted with a World War II fighter plane theme.
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Lavin's 1951 Ford at Kicker

The back of the Ford hosts two torpedo-shaped Comp VX Subwoofers.
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Audi R18 e-tron

Audi brought its hybrid race car to the show floor.
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Chevrolet Spark EV

Chevy showed off its electrification with the Spark EV, which goes on sale later this year.
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Chevrolet Volt

The Volt had a decent sales year, and Chevy brought it to CES as an example of its electric car line.
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Chevrolet Sonic at Valor Multimedia

Valor Multimedia had this modded Chevy Sonic on the floor.
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Chevrolet Sonic at Valor Multimedia

Two Massive Audio subs sit under the cargo floor of the Sonic.
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Kinetik golf cart at Accele Electronics

Accele Electronics brought out what must be the coolest golf cart on the greens.
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Kinetik golf cart at Accele Electronics

The Kinetic golf cart had an XBox 360 and Massive Audio amps mounted in the rear.
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Polaris ATV at Memphis Car Audio

Memphis Car Audio showed off some of its audio components in this Polaris ATV.
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Polaris ATV at Memphis Car Audio

These Marine Towers mounted in the rear should stand up to mud and water.

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