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Podcast: Howes on shrinking auto show

Daniel Howes
The Detroit News
Daniel Howes' Weekend Essay

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 decisions by German heavyweights Mercedes-Benz and BMW to bolt the Detroit auto show are an unmistakable sign: the annual rite at Cobo Center needs to find a new way forward. Detroit is fast becoming an optional stop on the global auto show circuit, Howes explains. And credit for that goes to technology and year-round product development cycles that enable automakers to tout new products at the times and places of their choosing.