COMING THIS YEAR: Chrysler’s new minivans, with second-row seats that swivel and face the third row, with a table in-between. Replacements for the Honda Accord and Chevrolet Malibu mid-sized cars. More cars with homelike interior lighting.

IN THE FUTURE: Higher doors and less side glass were the main theme of nearly all concept cars such as the Volvo XC60 crossover and Lincoln MKR. More glass roofs that open to the sky.

FAR OUT, BUT POSSIBLE: The Chevrolet Volt electric car, which plugs into a home outlet to recharge its battery. Has a small gasoline engine that recharges batteries and powers the electric motor when the batteries run low. Car has a range of 40 miles on the battery and more than 600 miles with the gas engine.