Detroit News Columnist Daniel Howes and Michigan Radio are partners in weekly essays examining what's hot in Michigan business and politics – and what it all means. This week, Howes says the opening of the first new assembly in metro Detroit by a global automaker signals the continuing importance of Detroit and its technical cred. There’s no guarantee Mahindra North America will follow its off-road Roxor ute with an entry into the U.S. car and truck market, but we’re about to find out what it takes to make that call.

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