The wild and the wacky found their place amid such important newcomers as the third-generation Toyota Prius.
Cars and trucks
Toyota's Tundra Midnight Rider Tailgater, which features a slide-out barbecue grill, was among the stars of the Specialty Equipment Market Association's annual event in Las Vegas in November.
The Chevrolet Spark minicar, set for a 2011 U.S. debut, was unveiled at a lively affair during the Seoul auto show in April.
A little electric scooter called PUMA, unveiled in April at the New York auto show, may be a sign of what to expect from a post-apocalyptic General Motors Co. GM says the prototype two-seat, two-wheel, electric passenger vehicle could loosen congestion in crowded urban areas.
The $200,000 Terrafugia Transition is a flying car that could take to the road and air late in 2011.
Toyota design chief Wahei Hirai with a full-scale model of the third-generation Prius. Hirai wanted a look that's avant-garde, high-tech and -- considering it's a hybrid -- screams green.
At first it looked like any other Geneva auto show -- the industry's annual feel-good festival and luxury-car cabaret. But the Swiss show in early March coincided with a low point in the auto industry. Still, Rolls-Royce made a big splash when it previewed its 200EX concept, scheduled to debut as a production model in 2010.
Supermodel Heidi Klum poses with a pink, life-sized Malibu Barbie New Beetle convertible, created by Volkswagen of America to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Barbie Doll in March. The car was customized with rhinestones, a dipstick that looks like a lipstick and a motorized vanity in the trunk.
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