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Edward Niedermeyer

Some Carmakers Veer Away From Silicon Valley

Toyota and Nissan want to grab first-mover advantages on their own.


Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Following hard on the heels of a Consumer Electronics Show that highlighted the auto industry's deep anxieties about the future, the annual Detroit Auto Show finds automakers back on home turf and reveling in the surprising strength of their current position.

The luxury cars, big trucks and SUVs that dominated this week's show aim to keep the industry's record sales and fat margins rolling, even as the tech industry and news media herald the coming "disruption" of private car ownership. As automakers set about bridging the gap between the current prosperity and the looming challenges that were in focus at last week's CES in Las Vegas, the big issue will be the extent to which they go it alone or rely on partnerships with tech giants.