So this is what an auto show looks like in an industry climbing back on its feet. People talk product. Design, not the downturn, is the hot topic.
The Detroit auto show was not the kind of gloom-fest that has marked several international auto shows in the past three years. Cobo Center was crammed with introductions -- including the ogle-worthy Acura NSX and the Aston-like Ford Fusion -- that brought fun and fantasy back into the old building.
Automakers oozed confidence.
And as with any real auto show, there were some swings-and-misses to go with the hits. Here's one reporter's assessment.
The star of the show. This two-seat hybrid sports car blew folks away. Journalists aren't supposed to applaud, but there were whoops and hollers when the wraps came off. And it will be made in America. Lottery ticket sales soared immediately.