It’s been five years since Detroit filed for bankruptcy, and many more since the economy was decimated and along with it, the motor industry, which was such a fundamental part of the city’s growth in the 1920s and far beyond.
And while it’s a gradual process, regeneration is absolutely underway – businesses are investing; attracted by cheap rents, urban agriculture is rife in many of the city’s gaps and cool Detroit brands such as leather goods firm Shinola are making a name for themselves globally.
Despite all this, it’s a rather unremarkable year for the Detroit motor show based on what we know so far. This is the show where us motoring fans want to see those big players on their home turf pulling out all the stops.
But all reports so far suggest that isn’t the case this year – unless, of course, there are some big surprises at the show.