The Detroit auto show kicked off with jubilation over the sector's record sales. But as Conway Gittens reports, there's concern over Donald Trump's attacks on the industry.
The 2017 North American International Auto Show kicks off in Detroit. SOUNDBITE: CONWAY GITTENS, REPORTERS, REUTERS TV, (ENGLISH) SAYING: "There is a lot of excitement because the industry saw the biggest annual sales, in terms of autos, for the second year in a row. But on the other hand, there's a little bit of concern that can be felt and this time it has nothing to do with demand." Reuters Breakingviews columnist Antony Currie: SOUNDBITE: ANTONY CURRIE, COLUMNIST, REUTERS BREAKINGVIEWS, (ENGLISH) SAYING: "We've got a new backseat-driver-in-chief, and it's our very own President-elect Donald Trump. And what he's been doing over the past week or so is basically attacking some of the car companies through Twitter - first it was General Motors, then its Toyota - all bout why on earth are they importing cars from Mexico to the U.S., rather that keeping jobs here." It was the Germans who really tried to steal the early spotlight. Volkswagen taking the iconic VW bus from the 60's flower power to new millennium electric power, hoping to reboot an image tarnished by a diesel emissions scandal. It was Google, however, that tried to help Detroit shake the feeling that it's becoming the dull older sibling to the Consumer Electronics Show. The company's Waymo unite revealing an upgrade to its self-driving system, choosing a Chrysler minivan to tout a new array of sensors and cameras, include what it says is better radar and laser-based lidar technology at lower prices.