2009 Detroit Auto Show: Running on Empty?

The recession means nearly all companies - foreign and domestic - are scaling back their plans for Detroit's auto show this year.

Published: 07-Jan-2009

Washington - Detroit's annual auto show is usually a glitzy affair and time of celebration for the US car industry, but not after a year that saw car sales plummet to their lowest level in decades.

The North American International Auto Show, which opens for a three-day media preview on Sunday, will see domestic and foreign automakers unveil their latest US models amid an uncertain future for the world's most lucrative car market.

US car sales tumbled dramatically in 2008. The outlook for 2009 isn't much better as the country weathers a sharp recession. Consumers have struggled to get car loans and cut back sharply on spending.

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