Auto Industry Changes Loom

The Detroit Auto Show reveals the inherent conflict between green and mean evidenced by carmakers also rolling out their gas-guzzling muscle machines.

Published: 19-Jan-2007

DETROIT -- In January, the Motor City is usually more snow globe than crystal ball. But that never keeps thousands of auto executives, journalists, analysts and dealers from an annual rite: consulting the North American International Auto Show for the latest ideas on wheels -- and trying to divine the industry's future.

The 2007 show, which opened to the public recently at the Cobo Center after a week of previews for the media and dealers, falls at the beginning of what may be a historic year, given that Toyota seems likely to overtake General Motors as the leader in global sales.

It also will be a year in which Detroit's struggling automakers will close down factories and lay off tens of thousands of employees.

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