On Exhibit at the Auto Show: Detroit's Woes

It's obsessed with trucks -- as energy prices are rising. And the fit and finish of American cars still don't match foreign rivals

Strolling around auto shows is one way car company execs size up the competition. Take Detroit's big annual show. On Jan. 10, General Motors Corp.'s board was out kicking the tires, as a group. There they were in their boxy gray business suits -- heavyweights such as Bill Marriott, GM Chairman Jack Smith, and CEO Rick Wagoner -- climbing in and out of Toyota's new sport-utility vehicles, checking out dashboard treatments and exterior fit and finish.

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