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Detroit Auto Show: What You Missed

Detroit Auto Show: What You Missed

The gull-wing BMW i8 is on display at the 2017 North American International Auto Show on 9 January at Cobo Hall in Detroit. Assembly plants are big investments, costing well over $1 billion, and automakers are unlikely to change course.

Lucas said that this was true for his own brand, but added that something can be both a throwback and still be exciting and new.

"We made this decision based on our commitment to make our products close to our customers", Hachigo said.

The automaker said at the auto show today that a new version of Ford Ranger truck would be built at Wayne starting in 2019 and a new Ford Bronco in 2020.

Carmakers from Toyota Motor Corp to General Motors Co to Volkswagen AG are adding more SUVs to their product plans, amid forecasts that SUVs and pickup trucks could soon make up two-thirds of US light vehicle sales, up from 56 percent in 2015 and just under 60 percent a year ago. Trump told his millions of followers that GM was importing Mexican-made Chevrolet Cruzes and threatened a "big border tax" if it didn't start making them in the US instead. "This is just the beginning - much more to follow". GM started importing the Cruze hatchback about five months ago, because demand for it isn't strong enough to justify installing the tooling for it in Lordstown, Ohio, where the Cruze sedan is produced. The automaker has 12 factories in the U.S. It will go on sale in the USA market in late 2017.

GM is also hanging some new hardware after the Chevy Bolt won the 2017 vehicle of the Year at the Detroit show.

- PLATEAUING SALES: After an unprecedented seven-year streak of sales increases and record sales of 17.55 million in 2016, USA sales of new cars and trucks are expected to slow down slightly in 2017.

Chevrolet Traverse. General Motors Co highlighted two redesigned sport utility vehicles in Detroit, including a new generation of the Chevrolet Traverse, a family hauling SUV that will compete with the likes of the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander and Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Queue the fawning US political class now gleefully perpetuating the illusion that the new president-elect of the United States is anything but a huckster. "That's sort of that Holy Grail we've been wanting to get to", said IHS Auto Analyst Mike Wall.

Here's what you might've missed, and check back tomorrow for more.

The NAIAS will feature industry preview days on Wednesday, Jan. 11, and Thursday, Jan. 12. It will continue its global dominance if we never take its overall importance for granted. The state is the number one vehicle-producing state per capita and among the top vehicle producers in the U.S.

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January 10, 2017
Russian Federation dismisses USA hacking allegation as a "witch-hunt"
Obama emphasized that he tried to convince president-elect Donald Trump to "to develop a strong working relationship with the intelligence community".

January 09, 2017
Georgia, Mizzou assistants get in halftime fracas
Missouri guard Jordan Geist ran near the ball and then tried to take the ball away from Maten after the horn had sounded. The Bulldogs made a season-low 17 shots from the field in the loss to the Gamecocks while committing 16 turnovers.

January 09, 2017
Agent of Patrice Evra discusses potential Manchester United return
Patrice Evra has been left out of the Juventus squad for their upcoming fixture against Bologna, as his exit seems near. As well as United, the 35-year-old has been tipped for a move to La Liga side Valencia.

January 07, 2017
Microsoft unveils connected vehicle platform
It has already shown off a concept that relies heavily on the integration of Microsoft's Cortana voice-enabled digital assistant. The company also recently announced a project with TomTom, HERE, and Esri to create more intelligent location-based services.

January 07, 2017
Mexico: Government Unlikely to Bend on Fuel Price Hikes Amid Protests
An association for the stores said Wednesday that about 79 had been looted - and there is no sign the vandals will stop. He said the government could not maintain "artificial" prices as the global price of oil rose previous year .

January 06, 2017
Customs declaration at airport must for NRIs with banned notes
SBNs of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 returned to the RBI and currency chests amounted to Rs 12.44 lakh crore as on December 10, 2016, the RBI had said in a statement.

January 05, 2017
Eurozone December CPI Inflation Rate Hits 39-Month High At 1.1%
Economists polled by Reuters predict the euro zone HICP inflation figure will rise to 1.0 percent from 0.6 percent in November. The increase suggests inflation is now closing in on the European Central Bank's target of just below 2%.

January 04, 2017
It's now legal to ignore that 9 pm email from your boss
It was not the first time such a bill had been proposed, as The Washington Post's Karen Turner reported. The law, dubbed the " right to disconnect ", was introduced in May 2016, and was enacted on Sunday.

January 04, 2017
Looks like Will & Grace is coming back for 10 episodes
NBC Studios (now Universal Television) produced the show, initally with KoMut Entertainment and latterly Sister Entertainment. Leslie Jordan was recently in San Diego performing his one-man "Stra?ght Outta Chattanooga" show at Martinis Above Fourth.

January 02, 2017
Federal Judge Halts Obamacare Transgender, Abortion-Related Protections Nationwide (via BuzzFeed)
Proponents of the law say it is meant to prohibit discrimination by hospitals and doctors against transgender patients. The plaintiffs who filed the lawsuit said the new rules could force doctors to abandon their religious beliefs.