High tech cars revealed at global auto show

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The automaker also unveiled its Mustang Bullet with 19-inch wheels, a faux gas cap, manual transmission with a cue-ball shift bob, and more power than the Mustang GT. Both are meaner-looking and bigger, but much lighter. It disappeared as the auto companies moved more and more toward oversized trucks, leaving a big fan base pining for the return of the Ranger ever since.

And "full-size" no longer seems like an adequate descriptor for larger pickups. Sales rose nearly 6 percent a year ago to almost 2.4 million, even though total USA auto sales dropped 2 percent.

The Ford F-150 is the best selling vehicle in the US, followed by the Silverado and Ram.

"We still believe there's big demand for basic transportation that offers more", said Michael O'Brien, who leads USA product planning for Kia, Hyundai's smaller affiliate.

But that would still make it one of the 10 best sales years in history, so the market remains strong.

Celebrating it's 30th year as an global event, the North American worldwide Auto Show (NAIAS) is among the most prestigious auto shows in the world.

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Ford shares were trading down 3% in pre-market trading on Wednesday, pointing to a rough day when the session opens in NY. We have 98 percent high-strength steel in the frame and 54 percent in the body structure to help provide durability. Any decrease could be wiped out by caps on deductions for mortgage interest and local and state taxes in big luxury-car states such as NY and California, Lentz said.

So if you're going to the show in search of Jetsons-inspired travel pods, forget about it. Detroit has clearly decided the future for some time to come is going to look a lot like the past. Eligible vehicles must be new or substantially changed. That, in turn, would raise vehicle prices and cut demand, forcing manufacturing layoffs. Ford expects to make distributions of $3.1 billion in 2018, subject to board approval, bringing the total to $18 billion since the company restored a regular dividend in 2012. Ending the agreement also could force some suppliers to stop making parts.

"The automakers know people who buy them are very loyal, they tend to buy the same on next time". And yet automakers believe someday they'll be forced to.

Nothing was shown during the conference about said vehicle. That's an attitude American customers expect from a truck, he said. The company now offers just one fully electric vehicle.

How far away are we from being able to get into a vehicle with a book or newspaper and read while our cars drive us into work?

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