At first glance, there weren't many unexpected moments at the Detroit auto show this year. Sneak previews and leaks -- both planned and spontaneous -- took care of that. Besides, the favorable economics of the U.S. auto market drained most of the urgency and angst that have characterized past shows. But behind every car, there is a story, and a closer look both in front of and behind the proscenium exposes 10 surprising story lines embodied in the carbon fiber hoods and graphite-gray wheels.
A look at what's in store for the world's automakers this year will tell a lot about what to expect for cars down the road.