There's something appropriate about starting the year with an international motor show. And having it in Detroit, the motor capital of the world, seems equally appropriate, despite the uncertainty of the weather.
Before anyone has adjusted to the start of a new year, many automotive executives and thousands of international reporters and photographers will descend on Detroit to cover the North American International Auto Show.
And although plenty of new production cars and trucks will be introduced, as well as concept cars and prototypes, the electrics will steal the show.
The political push to introduce all sorts of electrics, seen in Paris last fall, will continue in North America. We can be sure they will get a disproportionate amount of the coverage.
Journalists love electrics, regardless of the marketplace potential.
In Detroit, I have no doubt the mood will be upbeat and there will be optimism far greater than what there was a year ago.
But the real bread and butter will be the global and North American introductions of new cars and trucks, more than any of us can absorb.
There also will be many executives in Detroit making lots of predictions that, when added up, will show an industry selling 20 million units this year in the United States. Automobile executives are always an optimistic bunch.
More than anything else, the auto show will set a mood for the year that will be present at the shows that follow in Chicago, Geneva and New York.
Things seem to be getting better.
It is still a competitive industry, and there will be more and more manufacturers looking at the United States, whether or not it is the largest market in the world.
China has become the hot new country, along with Brazil, Russia and India. But everyone wants to be in the United States, and everyone wants to be a winner.
The North American International Auto Show next week is an opportunity for all the automakers to strut their stuff.
It's a great way to start the year.