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Inside The North American International Auto Show

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It was bigger, brighter and better than ever. The 2014 North American International Auto Show pulled out all the stops, and the cars were truly the stars.

"If you look around everybody's got their best foot forward, everybody's got a display that they're proud of," said Bo Puffer, Shows & Events Manager for Chrysler LLC.

Its a sense of pride you can feel in the air, that came from humble beginnings.

"They really went down hill in 08-09 and each year has been better and this show seems to be great," said Frank Markus, Technical Director at Motor Trend Magazine.

Officials say you can tell the strength of the auto industry by the displays at the show. And by the looks of it, it couldn't be better.

"We're strong as we've ever been," said Puffer. "But I think we've learned a lot of lessons from our past and we're smarter now."

The energy at Cobo was exciting. Hundreds of media professionals from all over the world walked around the displays to see what was on the menu for this year.

"Now we're getting to the dessert cars, we've had the 'eat your oatmeal cars' for the first couple years," said Markus. "This year people come to the show and see the mustangs, corvette z06 for the first time."

Some of the head-turners at the show came from the big three. For GM, it was the new Chevy Corvette Z06, slated to by Chevy's fastest car ever with at least 625 horsepower.

Chrysler LLC has a newly designed Chrysler 200, with an all new interior and exterior.

And finally the all new Ford F-150, made out of aluminum, making it 70% lighter than previous F150 models.

Experts say they are impressed with this year's unveilings, but they're hoping that there will be more surprises on the way.

"Its really fun to see something we weren't expecting to see coming, so we'll keep our fingers crossed for something like that," said Markus.

Stay tuned with 6 news. We will have much more on the auto show Tuesday and the unveiling of the Cadillac ATS. 

If you'd like to check out the auto show, tickets for the public are available January 18 through the 15th. Tickets for adults are $13, seniors 65 and older and children 7-12 are $7 and kids 6 and under are free.

--Savana Ciavatta is a reporter with WLNS-TV 6. You can email her at , Facebook: Savana Ciavatta WLNS or tweet at @SciavattaWLNS 

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