Detroit Auto Show Returns After 3-Year Absence
DETROIT (NEWSnet/AP) — The auto industry will be in the spotlight of the Motor City this week.
The Detroit Auto Show is back this week after a three-year hiatus due to COVID.
Industry experts are expecting fewer new car model unveilings compared to past years.
The show also moved from January to September to allow for more outdoor and interactive displays for visitors.
This year's show will be geared more toward consumers and less toward the industry. General Motors and Volkswagen will offer test drives. There will be ride-alongs in new electric vehicles from Ford and others.
Instead of around 50 new model debuts as in past years, there's only one truly new one: The Ford Mustang, to be unveiled Wednesday night at a big outdoor event along the Detroit River.
Even with the changes, the show still amounts to a major production. So much so that President Joe Biden, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and other cabinet members will attend.
Biden, who owns a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, is expected to tout his new climate, tax and healthcare law that offers tax incentives of up to $7,500 toward the purchase of an electric vehicle.
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