From the latest models to futuristic concept cars, here's a peek at the stars of the New York Auto Show.

We kicked the tires at the New York International Auto Show this week to check out the latest driving trends. Highlights from the testosterone-rich exhibit included new model debuts from Jeep, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz and redesigns from BMW, Mazda and Volkswagen. More than 20 crowd-pleasing concept cars were also displayed, many with futuristic designs and dazzling features like lightweight aluminum bodies built for speed.

Bentley Continental Flying Spur
New York Debut
New Model

Yee-haw! The name says it all. The Bentley Continental Flying Spur is the company's fastest four-door vehicle, with a top speed of 195 mph. It's powered by a 6-litre, twin-turbocharged, 12-cylinder 552 bhp engine and features all-wheel drive. But we wouldn't recommend off-roading in this baby: While the price is yet to be revealed, we can assume this fine ride won't come cheap.
BMW 3 Series
New York Debut
Redesign
Starts at $30,995

BMW unveiled its fifth-generation 3 Series vehicles (the 325i and the 330i) this week. These sedans boast a new design, a more powerful 6-cylinder engine, additional space for rear-seat passengers and cargo, and numerous luxury features, such as a voice command system, on-board navigation system and Xenon adaptive headlights that have trickled down from the higher-end BMW 5, 6 and 7 Series. Look for the 2006 3 Series to hit showrooms in May.
Jeep Commander
New York Debut
New Model

Think big. REEEAAAALLY BIG. The Jeep Commander is the brand's first three-row, seven-passenger 4x4 SUV. Its tall and boxy design gives it a commanding military look. Not only is this awe-inspiring vehicle perfect for the backwoods of a Colombian jungle, it's also great for toting around small mischievous children. Each row of seating is raised slightly higher than the row in front, which provides movie-theater-like stadium seating. Now, even if the kids are in the "way back" you'll be able to see which one "started it."
Lexus GS 450h
New York Debut
New Model

Sick and tired of watching little Suzy's college fund get funneled into your enormous gas tank? Lexus hopes to help. It has unveiled the first hybrid luxury sedan and the first full hybrid vehicle with a front engine and rear-wheel drive. Just because it's green doesn't mean it's a wimp. Its 3.5-liter V6 engine can hit zero-to-60 in less than six seconds. This 2007 model is targeted to go on sale in the spring of 2006.
Lexus IS 350
New York Debut
New Model

This week Lexus unveiled its new Lexus IS 350. This luxury sports sedan has a newly designed 3.5 liter V6 engine that can hit zero-to-60 mph in less than six seconds. It's also environmentally friendly, with fuel economy for city and highway driving estimated to be in the high 20s, making it similar to that of cars with 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines. This vehicle will go on sale in the fall; the price hasn't yet been announced.
Mercedes-Benz R-Class
New York Debut
Mercedes-Benz clearly had families in mind when it designed the R-class Grand Sports Tourer. On the outside it looks like a station wagon (boasting three rows of seats), but it has the power of a sports sedan (with optional V8 engine) and the all-wheel drive capability of an SUV. Expect this new addition to the Mercedes line-up to hit showrooms in the fall.
Chrysler Firepower
Concept Car
The Arnold Schwarzenegger of cars, the Firepower combines good looks with muscle. It can reach zero-to-60 mph in under 4.5 seconds and is estimated to have a top speed of 175 mph.
Explorer Sport Trac
Concept Car
Take the Ford Explorer, then add steroids. What you get is Sport Trac. This concept vehicle has a 390-horsepower supercharged V8 engine version, compared with 205-horsepower 4-liter V6 engine for the current Explorer Sport Trac.
Ford Fairlane
Concept Car
The Ford Fairlane offers design features even Martha Stewart would love, with its wicker features and rag top. It also offers three rows of seating for six passengers and a rear door, which cleverly opens to the right or left.
Ford Shelby GR-1
Concept Car
Auto legend Carroll Shelby is the inspiration behind this shiny aluminum, two-seat supercar. This prototype can smoke the competition with its 605-horsepower, 390-cubic-inch all aluminum V10 engine.
Ford SYNus
Concept Car
Despite a name that calls to mind clogged nasal passages, the SYNus is one mean machine. (To its credit, it's pronounced "sign- U.S." -- which sounds a bit tougher than "sinus.") You could drive anywhere in this urban assault vehicle. When parked, it can deploy protective shutters over the windshield and side glass. (Downright essential when leaving those PTA meetings.) The side windows and rear glass are even bullet-resistant. And if you're looking for entertainment, the rearview mirror can display your favorite DVDs.
GMC Graphyte
Concept Car
GM was feeling green when it designed this truck. The hybrid SUV truck is 25% more fuel efficient than the typical GM gas guzzling 4x4.
GMC Sequel
Concept Car
Tech geeks rejoice. A number of different technologies are employed in the Sequel to help it travel up to 300 miles on its hydrogen supply and reach 60 mph in less than 10 seconds.
Infiniti Kuraza
Concept Car
There isn't a bad seat in this boxy wagon. The Kuraza focuses on interior comfort by providing three rows of passenger seats and six doors, three on each side.
Jaguar Advanced Lightweight Coupe
Concept Car
Dream away. Jaguar's Advanced Lightweight Coupe is an aluminum high-performance sports car that's bound to knock out a midlife crisis with a single press of the gas pedal.
Jeep Hurricane
Concept Car
It may look like a Tonka Toy, but don't be fooled by the Hurricane. It's one tough hombre.
Toyota FT-SX
Concept Car
Can you go wrong targeting young families? Toyota doesn't think so. That's why it designed its FT-SX with a full brood in mind. It's for those soccer moms and dads that need the space of an SUV but want the comfort of a sedan. It feels particularly roomy thanks to its large glass roof.
Mazda MX-Crossport
Concept Car
Yet another wagon built to attract growing families that prefer not to drive SUVs.
Mercury Meta One
Concept Car
Introducing the first diesel hybrid engine -- even more fuel efficient than traditional hybrids already on the market.
Nissan Azeal
Concept Car
Nissan's sleekest sports car yet. This wide and extremely flat vehicle is powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine.
Saturn Sky
Concept Car
Saturn's also getting into the roadster game. A production model of this sexy two-seater will be available by model year 2007.
Toyota FJ Cruiser
Concept Car
Perfect for a man with lots of toys to haul around, this concept car's big and boxy design is edgier than the competition yet large enough to lug sports equipment for the whole team.
Volkswagen Ragster
Concept Car
It doesn't get any cuter than this. While the Ragster is reminiscent of the Beetle, it's a bit more stylish. Its canvas sunroof folds up all the way to the rearview window, giving drivers the feel of a convertible.