DETROIT -- Never before was the automotive world so focused on what news would come out of the Detroit auto show.
The question being asked was: Would the U.S. Big Three be able to highlight their future strategies with strong show concepts after being criticized for their lack of vision?
The answer was no. The domestic carmakers failed to show convincing future products at their home show, with the single exception of the Lincoln Concept C proposal for a compact luxury model.
Even the Japanese, until recently the champions of the North American market, were a let down, with a rather disappointing-looking new Toyota Prius and the Honda Insight, which is a Prius lookalike. Nissan, Suzuki and Mitsubishi did not even show up.