Retro styles, vehicles of every shape, color and fancy, and prototype tires galore—the annual North American International Auto Show had it all. Car makers unveiled futuristic designs for some old faithful workhorses as well as wannabe's.
Tire manufacturers followed suit, whetting the gazes of onlookers with wild tread patterns, run-flat concepts and tires labeled ``not for sale,'' ``not for highway use'' and the ubiquitous ``for display purposes only.''
Will they ever see the light of day? Some will. Others? If the tire makers know, they aren't saying.
This Lincoln LS with a cut-away side displays Firestone Firehark tires, size P235/50R17.
A show attendee examines a Buick Cielo concept car shod with Michelin's PAX tire/wheel system, size 245/405R20.
Michelin North America turned heads with its specially made PAXMobile—a modified Volkswagen Beetle that features a tread roof.
A BFGoodrich concept tire fits a Ford Rancho F-150 pickup.
The BMW M Coupe, above, has Dunlop SP Sport 8080E rubber. The Hummer, below, runs on Goodyear Wrangler MTs.
A Pontiac GTO concept car features 20-inch Goodyear tires on the rear wheels; 19-inch on the front.
Ford's hybrid electric vehicle sports Goodyear concept tires in size P205/50VR17.