7 head turners at the Detroit Auto Show

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    Vehicles ranging from a Chevrolet electric car with beefed-up range to a self-driving Chrysler van designed by Google (GOOG) engineers will be on display in Detroit as crowds head to the North American International Auto Show later this week.

    The Chevy Bolt won the North American Car of the Year, voted annually by auto writers at the show. It will be the first mass-market electric car able to go more than 200 miles on a single charge. And Google's spun-off self-driving unit, known as Waymo, is displaying the self-driving minivans built in collaboration with Fiat Chrysler (FCUA).

    The Detroit show also features redesigns of two perennial strong sellers -- the Toyota Camry sedan and the Honda Odyssey minivan. The Ford F-150 pickup, the best-selling vehicle in the U.S., is showing off a refreshed exterior look and is introducing a diesel engine option.

    Auto executives speaking at media preview days emphasized their commitment to assembling cars in the U.S. following President-elect Donald Trump's tweets bashing General Motors (GM), Ford (F) and Toyota (TM) for plans to open new plants in Mexico.

    But for the car-loving public heading to the show, the focus won't be politics but cars.

    Read on for a closer look at seven vehicles causing a stir at the Detroit auto show.

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    Jerry Edgerton, author of Car Shopping Made Easy, has been covering the car beat since Detroit companies dominated the U.S. market. The former car columnist for Money magazine and Washington correspondent for Business Week, Edgerton specializes in finding the best deals on wheels and offering advice on making your car last.