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January 15, 2014

Nissan Sport Sedan Concept - 2014 Detroit Auto Show live photos

Nissan Sport Sedan Concept - 2014 Detroit Auto Show live photos

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Best Concept Car, Winner: Nissan Sport Sedan Concept

This concept had me returning to the Nissan stand, and it's perhaps the most visually interesting of the show. The sculpted body is pulse-quickening—as a sport sedan should be. It pulls off a curved hood like no other; and the proportions are so ‘just right’ that some enthusiasts are calling it a shame that the 2015 Maxima will (likely) remain front-wheel drive. Nissan’s global design chief Shiro Nakamura says that its ‘floating’ roof—with blacked-out pillars that, to our eyes, give the whole car both more width, and more attitude—will trickle down to all of Nissan’s sedans. To a lineup that's too homely and appliance-like, to be blunt (yes, Versa and Sentra), the new look can’t come soon enough. -BH

Our favorite concept car was the Nissan Sport Sedan, just for jaw-dropping effect. If the production Maxima looks anything like it—and Nissan keeps hinting it will—people are likely to be walking into streetlamps all over the world looking at it. -JV

As a concept car, the Nissan Sport Sedan is what we expect and so rarely get: bold, dramatic, and futuristic. Even more interesting, however, is that Nissan says the concept's looks are very close to what we can expect of the next Maxima. If that's the case, it's a double win for the brand. -NI

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