Motown's Great SUV Showdown

The Big Three's lead in sport-utes will be under attack from a beefed-up fleet of foreign newcomers at the Detroit auto show

For Detroit carmakers, the annual hometown auto show is traditionally the chance to brighten the dark days of early January with the dazzle of promising new vehicles. But for the Big Three, this year's North American International Auto Show will serve as a chilling reminder of foreign carmakers' continued assault on the lucrative truck market, where, not long ago, domestic manufacturers reigned supreme. Indeed, under the klieg lights at Detroit's Cobo Hall, from Jan. 5-7, auto makers from around the globe will yank the covers off an unprecedented array of pickup trucks and sport utilities -- from luxury hybrid models to stylish, car-based, SUV-look-alike "crossover vehicles."

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