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With the pull out of Porsche, Suzuki, Mitsubishi, Ferrari, Land Rover and Rolls-Royce, Nissan and Infiniti from this year's Detroit Auto Show in January, there's a lot of empty space on the show floor of Cobo Hall that needs to be filled. Chinese automakers will be the direct beneficiary of everyone's lack of interest in Detroit, as both BYD Auto and Brilliance will be moved out of the basement, otherwise known as Michigan Hall, and onto the main floor of Cobo for the first time. They'll be occupying the space formerly reserved for Mitsubishi and be positioned elbow-to-elbow with mainstream manufacturers that actually do sell cars in the U.S. While Chinese automakers have displayed at the Detroit Auto Show for the past few years, the closest they ever got to the main floor was the lobby when Geely was the first Chinese automaker to exhibit there back in 2006. At this rate, we expect Cobo Hall to be fully owned by the Chinese by the end of next year.

[Source: Automotive News, sub. req'd]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      That Brilliance looks like a modern take on a 1980's Lancia.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh this is great to hear on my birthday. Fugly cars that will never come to America will take over an American Auto Show.
        • 6 Years Ago
        pop out of *your cake made out of* old furniture foam.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Wait till you see the stripper your friends got you from the homeless shelter whose going to pop out of you old furniture foam cake.

        Times are tough man.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Give it up. The detroit autoshow stopped being American many moon ago. It's time we move on people. We still have an awesome tech industry. Better take care of it before India completely destroy us on that front too!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Very symbolic ... of the world changing around us.

      On a different note ... google "peter schiff", see what he had to say in 2007 and hear what he has to say now and start building your personal strategy for next few years.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hobo hall needs a major revamp
      • 6 Years Ago
      I believe that's the Chinese version of the Rover 75 estate car, BMW sold Rover to the Chinese, They stripped the British factories and took them back to China.

      History often repeats itself, Lookout GM and Chrysler you could be next, I sincerely hope not.

      BMW also sold Land Rover to Ford, they in turn sold it to Tata of India, Do you see a pattern here.
      • 6 Years Ago
      maybe they can sell these cars at WalMart with the rest of the chinese built products. Sears used to sell a version of the Henry J called the Allstate in the early '50s.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Keeps laughing their cars are getting better, fast. America’s are not.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You are correct that Asian cars are progressing rapidly.

        You are wrong if you think cars like Malibu, CTS, F-150, Fusion, Edge, Enclave, Aura, Cruze, Tahoe Hybrid, VUE, and Taurus are not a major step forward from the cars GM and Ford were selling in 1998!
        • 6 Years Ago
        If only because the cars back in '98 were complete ****. Face it, Detroit ruined their reputation, and even though they are now offering some competitive products, it's pretty much too late. Pretty much the only people buying American these days are those that are purposely buying "American" cars.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Can upstarts BYD and Brilliance come close to the excitement that will be missed by the departure of Suzuki and Mitsubishi? Ehh... will anyone even notice? (sarcasm)

      • 6 Years Ago
      "Chinese automakers move out of Cobo basement thanks to Detroit no-shows"

      Well said, John. Couldn't have put it plainer.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like a strong competitor for the Porsche wagon.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well I'd rather look at Chinese cars, than the floor.
      • 6 Years Ago
      THAT LOOKS LIKE MY DAEWOO NUBIRA WAGON HAD A LOVE CHILD WITH A MAGNUM (OR IS THAT WITHOUT A MAGNUM?).
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