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Since 1907, with the exception of a span from 1943 to 1952, the North American International Auto Show has been held in Detroit. The massive show occupies nearly 1 million square feet of floor space and draws hundreds of thousands of visitors over the course of 12 days. The global automotive industry uses the showcase to display new models, technology and trends.

Other items of note

• Nissan is lowering the price of its Leaf electric car to try to boost anemic sales. The 2013 Leaf will start at $28,800, which is $6,000 lower than the previous model.

• Chrysler made the new Dodge Dart a little too European for American tastes. And the company’s CEO says that fact is holding back sales of Chrysler’s first innovative small car in years. The Dart, unveiled with much fanfare at last year’s Detroit auto show, is off to a slow start after going on sale in May. Only 25,000 were sold last year, which CEO Sergio Marchionne concedes is below his expectations.

• Volkswagen is getting into the midsize SUV market dominated by Ford and Jeep. The German company unveiled the CrossBlue concept SUV Monday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Volkswagen wouldn’t say whether the vehicle will be built, or when it might go on sale, but called it a “realistic glimpse of the future.”

— The Associated Press

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