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IN WHAT MAY BE A BELWHETHER FOR GOOD ECONOMIC NEWS-- THE WINNER OF THE NORTH AMERICAN CAR OF THE YEAR IS--

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GENERAL MOTORS SPED AWAY WITH THE AWARD… AT THE NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW IN DETROIT..

SOUNDBITE (English) David Leone, GM Chief Executive Engineer

"Because it says the American auto industry is back, it'll give people confidence that they can start to buy and feel good about their purchase. and as the business grows and good things happen with the industry and surrounding areas"

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IT WAS A DOUBLE DOMESTIC VICTORY--CHRYSLER'S RAM 1500 TRUCK WON THE TRUCK OF THE YEAR-

[[SUPER: FRED DIAZ/PRES. RAM TRUCK BRANDS]

"this has just been, like i said up there a surreal moment for us. when you know where we were 3 years ago--coming within an eyelash of non-existence and here we are 3 years later being able to receive such a prestigious honor."

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A BIG CONTRAST COMPARED TO FOUR YEARS AGO-

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[[SUPER: RAY LAHOOD/ US TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY]

" this recession hit our auto industry very hard…with the loss of 400,000 jobs."

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AFTER A MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTOR WAS MIRED IN BANKRUPTCIES AND GOVERNMENT BAILOUTS THINGS ARE LOOKING UP IN DETROIT-

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[[SUPER: LARRY DOMINIQUE/ TRUCAR.COM]

"what you're seeing in Detroit here is really an eclectic mix of auto industry. "

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ANALYSTS SAY THE CONFIDENCE SHOWS WITH THE NUMBER OF NEW PRODUCT LAUNCHES AND HOW MUCH MONEY THE CAR MAKERS ARE SPENDING AT THE SHOW…

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[[SUPER: LARRY DOMINIQUE/ TRUCAR.COM]

"I mean automotive was depressed for so many years…four years ago we only sold 10 million cars…last year it was close to 14 million cars. In 2013 we should see 15.5 million."

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THE CONFIDENCE IS NOT JUST AMERICAN… EUROPEAN AND ASIAN IMPORTS ALSO FLEXED THEIR MUSCLE.

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THE POPULAR COMPACT TOYOTA CORROLLA GOT HUGE BUZZ WITH ITS 2013 MAKEOVER--

John Mone Associated Press Detroit.