President Bill Clinton talks safety with Ford CEO Jac Nasser. Clinton's visit on Friday, Jan. 8, was the first ever by a U.S. president to the Detroit show.
'The auto show made me feel like a kid again,' Clinton said. 'I wanted to leave with 10 cars. I'm embarrassed to say I haven't bought a car in six years.'
What has the New Beetle inspired? A whole lot. Nostalgia ruled the 1999 American International Auto Show last week. Automakers combined shapes from the past with today's technology. They also crafted eye-popping sport wagons and trucks. Pages 6-26
The Ford Thunderbird is reborn as a two-seater. Page 14.
The rear of the Nissan SUT cab opens to the pickup bed. For a concept-vehicle roundup, see Pages 16 and 17.