208,000 Attend Opening Weekend of Auto Show

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DETROIT -The North American International Auto Show is attracting big crowds in Detroit. The auto show organizer say 208,675 people came to the public opening of the 2014 auto show this past Saturday and Sunday. That is more than came to opening weekend last year.

The annual event began Saturday at Cobo Center following a week of previews for journalists and others in the industry. A race-worthy Corvette, a sumptuous Mercedes C-Class, the new Lansign Made-Cadillac CTS and other glitzy models catch the eye at the show, which runs through Jan. 26.

Ford's aluminum-clad F-150 shows that automakers are figuring out how to improve fuel economy and still give Americans the big vehicles they want. Porsche's 911 Targa and pocket rockets from Volkswagen and Subaru demonstrate that buyers still love performance cars.

And new mainstream cars like the Honda Fit and Chrysler 200 will have to work hard to compete in a market that's not growing as fast as it once did.

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