Detroit, Jan 19: Car connoisseurs had plenty of time and space to inspect the new merchandise at the North American International Auto Show. The crowd was little thin compared to past years. However, the big auto show has succeeded in drawing interest from as far away as Buffalo, New York, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and London, Ontario, in nearby Canada.
“Usually, when we show up at 9 am, you can not walk through the lobby," said one of the models presenting information at the show, who asked not to be identified but who has worked at past auto shows in Detroit.
“This year we could just walk right in," she said. “On a normal opening day, you wouldn"t be able to move down the aisles, but just look around you," she said, gesturing towards the relatively small crowds at what was traditionally billed as North America"s most important auto show.
The Detroit Auto Dealers Association, the show"s primary organiser, acknowledged that only 7,000 guests turned out, a steep drop from the 12,000 guests that came for the annual Friday night preview in 2008 when the US auto industry was in somewhat better financial condition.
OneIndia News (With inputs from Agencies)