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Mayor Calls Lansing "New Motor City"

Lansing's in the national spotlight again for the fine work over at General Motors, winning the 2014 Motor Trend Car of the Year.

And as our Nick Perreault explains the award is not the only reason why Lansing is becoming a big name in the automotive world.

"In a sense we are the new motor city in Lansing," said Mayor Virg Bernero.

A bold statement from an outspoken mayor who believes with new accolades and exciting new vehicles, Lansing should be considered not only Michigan's capital, but the car capitol of the world.

"It's not just product that we're seeing sold around America, but a lot of Cadillacs are being built here are going off to China and around the world," said Scott Watkins.

Scott Watkins is a consultant for Anderson Economic Group and says in terms of production and recognition, Lansing built Cadillacs are quickly gaining ground and in some cases passing the big names like Lexus, Toyota and Honda.

"We've really seen a change in the last five years in the quality of domestic cars including the Cadillacs, the Chevrolets, the GM products that Lansing is so found of," Watkins said.

A change that has meant a bump in sales and hardware.

Cadillac taking home the 2014 Motor Trend Car of the Year for the CTS and North American Car of the Year for the ATS.

"It reflects both here and everywhere that GM puts that product, it's a great sign for Lansing and keeps us on the map."

"As they look and say where should we put our plant, where should we do our manufacturing, Lansing Michigan when you Google manufacturing, guess what Lansing Michigan is going to light up," Mayor Bernero said.

Something that makes the the mayor and others light up as well.

"The standard of the world is built here, it means that if you want to make something and make it right, Lansing Michigan is the place to go," Mayor Bernero said.

For quality products, quality jobs and quality awards to prove it.

"It's accolades for today and it's jobs and security for tomorrow," Watkins said.

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