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'Auto industry is back' Stabenow says touring auto show, possibly shopping for new car
[January 14, 2013]

'Auto industry is back' Stabenow says touring auto show, possibly shopping for new car

Jan 14, 2013 (Detroit Free Press - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- "I think this is it." U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow was working the crowd, checking out the shiny inventory of cars and trucks and marveling at the striking reversal of fortunes experienced by the U.S. auto industry at the North American International Auto Show.

And she may just have found her next vehicle as she climbed out of the dark gray Cadillac ATS, named Monday morning as the NAIAS Car of the Year.

"There are just too many things here that I like," she said. "But my lease is up on my Chevy Cobalt." More important than her own car needs, though, Stabenow said, was the positive energy at the 2013 show, revealing a marked difference from the pallor that hung over the show and the auto industry in recent years.

"The auto industry is back," she said. "It's like night and day. I don't even want to think about how we were feeling back in 2009 and 2010. But this is an incredible American success story. It's all about sheer will, determination and never giving up." -- CAR & TRUCK OF YEAR: Cadillac ATS, Ram 1500 honored as North American car, truck of the year -- LIVE BLOG: Follow all the action from press preview days -- LIVE VIDEO: Watch vehicle reveals live from the show floor-- FULL COVERAGE: Visit More auto show coverage Facebook: Follow us at and for the latest auto show photos & videos! Twitter: Follow @freep & @freepautos with hashtag #naias. For live coverage, follow our Twitter list: Live blog: Follow the action at Cobo on with our live blog Instagram: We'll be Instagram-blogging on; also follow @detroitfreepress with hashtag #naias for more On your phone: Download the Detroit Free Press app on your iPad, iPhone or Android phone and tap on "Auto Show" for complete coverage Live Twitter feed from #NAIAS hashtag ___ (c)2013 the Detroit Free Press Visit the Detroit Free Press at Distributed by MCT Information Services

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