GAC Motor to Release Three Brand Defining Vehicles at NAIAS 2017

Big-name automakers are scrambling to respond to the strong push by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump - often through Twitter - to create and keep jobs in the country.

Top leaders at Ford Motor Co. on Monday spoke hopefully of a USA economy under Donald Trump despite an often contentious social media relationship between the president elect and some of the world's largest auto makers.

"It is the year of unknowns", said Michelle Krebs, a senior analyst with the car-buying site

BIG DEBUTS: New versions of some important products will debut at the show.

Honda Odyssey. Just in time for millennials starting to have the baby boom generation's grandchildren, Honda Motor Co (7267.T) debuted a new generation of its Odyssey minivan. Whilst the marketing and PR departments become increasingly accustomed - or resigned - to planning annual back-to-back shows in Nevada and MI, senior management has been doing its best in recent weeks and months to plan for the impact of an all-new USA administration.

Volkswagen Tiguan. The mid-size Tiguan crossover utility vehicle has been redesigned. The government-owned company hopes to begin selling cars on our shores before the end of the decade. As usual, there will be some surprises. The minivan industry is degenerating but the Honda Odyssey plans to change that. For the first time, a convention dedicated to mobility will run during the auto show press days. Under a new category as utility of the year was the Chrysler Pacifica.

"It's finally happening - Fiat Chrysler just announced plans to invest $1BILLION in MI and OH plants, adding 2000 jobs", Trump said in a tweet.

General Motors and Toyota raised Trump's online ire last week, with the latter being the first example of a non-US carmaker coming under fire.

Trump's latest tweets thanked Ford and Fiat Chrysler.

His most recent attack on Toyota for its plans to build the Corolla in a brand new Mexican plant showed he didn't know that Toyota already builds the Corolla in the U.S. at its MS plant; that attack has now turned into a diplomatic incident.

Ford has "been in mexico for over 90 years", Ford's CEO said, adding that the auto maker employs more than 8,800 people.



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