Every year, concept cars create the most buzz at the Detroit Auto Show -- partly because they provide the surprise element the media and public crave when they visit the show and partly because the concept cars are accompanied by the flashiest music, dancing and lights.
Dozens of new models are unveiled at each year's extravaganza -- yet perhaps only a dozen are concepts. Auto executives watch carefully and gauge the response to their singular creations. If a concept car gathers enough buzz, then it may go into production. But if it doesn't, the model may never be seen again.
Click ahead to see some of this year's most innovative concept cars at the Detroit Auto Show.
Posted 16 Jan. 2013