In signs of re­cov­ery

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And they’re search­ing for new ways to con­nect with young­sters — called ‘‘mil­len­ni­als’’ by Gen­eral Mo­tors— who could soon be hit­ting the road.

‘‘This show is all about cadence, when some­times all the good cars line up at once,’’ US in­dus­try an­a­lyst Jim Hall says.

And his per­sonal show favourite? ‘‘For some­thing where you go ‘oh my God’ and don’t im­me­di­ately re­veal what you had for break­fast, I’d say the Chrysler 700C. Mini­vans have to be ren­dered in­ter­est­ing again, and Chrysler has done it,’’ Hall says.

But GM also has twin coupe con­cepts it will use to plot a fu­ture for the mil­len­ni­als, Honda has com­mit­ted to a new NSX and shown a solid poin­ter, Mini has ripped the roof off the ‘‘base­ball cap’’ Coupe with a two-seat Road­ster fun­ster, and Lexus has a gor­geous two-door coupe that it has to build.

Detroit 2012 will go down as a land­mark year— it was also the scene of ma­jor suc­cesses for Ford and Holden, which both got re­newed back­ing from their Amer­i­can par­ents — and the start of some­thing big and new on the car front. Emo­tion is back and so is a com­mit­ment to meet­ing the next chal­lenges about to break over mo­town, led by the up­com­ing US leg­is­la­tion for a 37.5 miles per gal­lon av­er­age fuel econ­omy across ev­ery brand.

The Lexus LF-LC con­cept car, above, Dodge Dart, right, and Volk­swa­gen’s E-bug­ster, far right, present a pos­i­tive face for mo­tor­ing’s fu­ture

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