Design genius? It's often in the details. Here is a look at styling highlights from several vehicles that went on sale this year.
The elements of style
Unlike the concept car shown at the New York auto show in April, the grille on the 2013 Lexus GS does not extend from the hoodline to the chin spoiler. Instead, the trapezoidal "spindle" grille is interrupted by a horizontal strip.
The redesigned grille and badge on the 2011 Chrysler 300 reflect the new face of Chrysler, but some say the new version lacks the design impact of the first generation.
Mazda's Nagare, or wind-inspired, sculpting is carved into the sides of the 2012 Mazda 5.
The Pininfarina-designed 2012 Ferrari FF has a toothy, jack-o'-lantern sneer.
The hatchback version of the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic has forward-lunging front-end styling and a conspicuous, angled beltline crease.
The front fascia of the 2012 Buick Regal GS gets saber-tooth-style vents, and the rocker panels are extended.
The massive rear spoiler that was affixed to the Subaru Impreza WRX STI through 2007 is back on the new 2011 version.
The shortened overhangs on the redesigned 2012 Audi A6 give the car a sportier profile.
The huge side scallops and intakes on the 2012 Lamborghini Aventador feed cooling air to the engine and rear- mounted radiators.
The sculpted hood and more prominent lower air scoop set the 2012 Mercedes M class apart from its predecessor.