Detroit Auto Show A Chance to Rally Industry

While the Detroit event remains North America's most prestigious auto show, it faces new competition from Los Angeles.

Published: 13-Jan-2007

More than ever this year, the Detroit automakers are taking a page from those old Mickey Rooney-Judy Garland musicals: Facing disaster, the plucky youngsters decorated the barn and put on a show to save the day.

For Detroit, Cobo Center stands in for the old barn, with officials supporting a nearly $1 billion expansion plan to make it more convention-friendly.

And the 2007 North American International Auto Show is Detroit's chance -- not last gasp, certainly, but increasingly desperate -- to show that it has the heart and the talent to stage a comeback and save the jobs of its dwindling auto-industry workforce.

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