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00:00:01
>> We're here at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. We've got lots of flashy cars and trucks being unveiled, as usual. What's also notable is what's not here and who's not here. I'm Antony Currie with Reuters Breakingviews. Let's start with the companies that aren't here, just look at the back here.
00:00:15
In the distance, in the corner and on the side, that's where BMW and Audi used to be. And over here where Volkswagen is this year. This used to be where Daimler Benz is. Those three German auto makers decided not to come to Detroit this year. Now let's move on to the people.
00:00:30
Now we've got two very big names in the industry who can't make it. One sadly passed away last year, Sergio Marchionne from Fiat Chrysler. And the other one, Carlos Ghosn, who's basically the head of the Renault-Nissan lines. Still resides in a Japanese jail on charges of misleading people about his pay and other various peccadilloes.
00:00:50
The other notable exceptions who decided not to come as well, Peugeot, and Carlos Tavares, who runs that company, is turning it around very well and doing a very good job. Taking cost out of GM's business that he bought in Europe a couple of years ago. He's not here either.
00:01:03
The other thing to note about this show, is it's the last auto show that Detroit will have after about 30 years, but will be in January. Which will be a relief to send many of us as much as we might like to see the ice flows in the river, as much as we might like to walk around with our hands in our pockets around the city in the cold.
00:01:18
It will be wonderful to be here in June next year, when we will be out to walk the streets nicely and even. And here's the thing for the automakers, they talk a lot about autonomy, they talk a lot about mobility in a city like Detroit where there are so few traffic jams.
00:01:31
They really should better show off exactly what they are achieving in 2020, in June here in Detroit.
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