Friday, January 13, 2012

More politicians visit NAIAS plus a cameo by Bill Ford, Jr.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Governor Rick Snyder weren't the only politicians to show up during the Press Preview at the auto show. The same day Governor Snyder showed up, Senator Debbie Stabenow, Commerce Secretary John Bryson, and, of course, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing all toured the show. In the category of "one of these things is not like the others," Ford Chairman Bill Ford, Jr., was also interviewed making important points about how changes in the auto industry have managed to diversify the economy. Energy storage (advanced batteries for electric cars) was not a major factor in Michigan and the U.S. 10 years ago. It is now.

WXYZ has the report.

As the saying goes, success has a hundred fathers, while failure is an orphan. Looking at how many important people want to be associated with the auto show, both the event and by extension the automotive industry look to be successes. Based on the good automotive news that began 2012, I can't say that I blame them.

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