At the world’s major auto shows, you see all sorts of ploys to put concept vehicles in their best light. Often, the favored scam is to mount enormous wheel and tire packages, then squeeze the vehicle down to its springs, imparting an extra-aggressive stance. At the recent North American International Auto Show in Detroit, though, a new development from Solutia Inc. of St. Louis was responsible for more than a few concept-car double takes – and the innovation isn’t nearly as deceptive as ...

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