2013 North American International Auto Show

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The 2013 North American International Auto Show has begun. It runs from January 14 - 27, and features the new models of vehicles from auto manufacturers around the world. It also offers manufacturers the opportunity to showcase the latest industry innovations.

The big news of the day was the announcement that the Lansing-built Cadillac ATS was chosen as the Car of the Year.
Forty-nine automotive journalists voted on the winning vehicles from the selected list of finalists. A vehicle must be all new or substantially changed to be eligible.

However, not all news out of the auto show has been so bright for General Motors. Toyota has dethroned GM as the world's top-selling automaker.

The Japanese company says it sold 9.7 million cars and trucks worldwide last year, although it's still counting. GM says it sold 9.29 million.

GM retook the crown in 2011 when Toyota's factories were slowed by an earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The disaster left Toyota dealers with few cars to sell. The company has since recovered.

GM is also contending with a stronger Volkswagen. It narrowly edged out the fast-growing German company for second place last year. VW says it sold a record 9.1 million vehicles.

GM was the top-selling automaker for more than seven decades before losing the title to Toyota in 2008.

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