Mo­town finds soul

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE - By PAUL GOVER

CARS are the stars again, fi­nally, at the Detroit auto show this week.

Af­ter too many years when the fo­cus in mo­town was on the global fi­nan­cial cri­sis, job losses and cor­po­rate col­lapses, this year’s North Amer­i­can In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Show is filled with good news and im­pres­sive new con­cept cars.

They run all the way from su­per coupes to youth­fo­cused two-door teases and even a born-again mini­van.

The cars at the show al­most re­flect the un­sea­son­ably warm weather in mo­town, which is bathed in sun­shine and mild tem­per­a­tures dur­ing a week that is usu­ally lashed by icy winds and snow­storms.

They are happy and up­beat here.

Show cen­tral in Cobo Hall is buzzing again with talk about in­creased pro­duc­tion, the go-aheads for new prod­ucts and even the re­newed strength of Ja­panese brands, which were hit so badly by last year’s tsunami and other crises.

The Chevro­let Code 130R con­cept car, which has all the signs of be­ing a fu­ture win­ner

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