Governor Previews Detroit Auto Show

By: Sherene Tagharobi Email
By: Sherene Tagharobi Email

Governor Rick Snyder got a sneak peak Tuesday at what's new at the Detroit auto show.

The governor met with executives at GM, Toyota, Smart Car, Ford, and Chrysler to name a few. GM President Mark Reuss made a pitch for the new Buick Verano.

"This is the fastest growing brand, period, in the North American market," he said of Buick.

But when we asked the governor his favorite car, the tables turned. He jumped into sales mode, impressing even Reuss.

"IAre you looking for a little luxury?" he joked.

The governor says he's excited about the future of Michigan's auto industry, saying it's part of our state's heritage.

"I'm excited about the buzz this year versus last year and the year prior to that," he said. "The transformation's been fabulous."

Snyder says he supports the government bailouts of GM and Chrysler.

"In this particular case, it was appropriate because we were talking about bailing out the entire auto industry," he said.

But there are lessons to be learned, he said, even where government didn't step in. He cited Ford, saying the company survived the downturn without help.

Yet GM did, and the bailout seems to have sparked its recovery.

"Well I'm excited about their future. I hope they do well. We just saw some great products," he said.

Definitely some products, from the looks of it, the governor wouldn't have minded driving home, but he says he's not currently in the market for a car. He's mainly being driven around by the state, he says, for security reasons.

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