DETROIT — The number of debuts at this year's Detroit auto show was down and the show floor was a bit more sparse, with fewer automakers participating and introducing new products and ideas. But the rich spread of fresh metal was still dazzling.
Some design elements are noticeable from 100 feet away as the cover is pulled off and the smoke clears, leaving an unfamiliar vehicle to be visually absorbed all at once.
But other parts of it — a styling decision here, a panel curve there — might require a more thoughtful look. Sometimes an auto show-goer needs a second walk around.
Here's a look at some of this year's design cues that might have slipped by unnoticed on that first hurried glance.