Motor City Drives Straight Into an Identity Crisis

This was a show that saw the domestics counting every cent while the Japanese and the Germans strutted their stuff.

Published: 19-Jan-2007

While the Japanese and Germans strutted their stuff in Detroit, the local boys are still struggling into the 21st century. Still, the plug-in Chevrolet Volt impressed John Simister - and the Cadillac CTS might just break through in Europe

It's all going wrong in the United States. I knew this was going to be a different Detroit show as soon as I was marched off for a "secondary passport control" check at immigration. I had the right journalist's visa but there was some Kafka-esque nonsense about contracts and I had to sit for an hour and a half while watching a hapless Japanese man being hustled into a room by a uniformed robocop wearing blue rubber gloves.

Finally, an officer with more than one brain cell got round to me. After a few lies about getting to me in "just a few minutes, sir," I confirmed what I'd already told the original officer. "Well, that's fine, sir. You're all set." I wanted to break his nose, but that's never a good idea with a breed notably lacking in humanity.

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