In signs of recovery
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