每年圣诞节的新闻小高潮刚刚平息，底特律车展就粉墨登场，成为媒体关注率极高的对象。在“超级碗”（Super Bowl）及《体育画报》（Sports Illustrated）泳装专刊的陪伴下，这个车展上的全新科技和炫目新车成了摆脱冬季那些无聊新闻的绝佳消遣。不过，尽管美国车市迎来了反弹，但今年这场在底特律市中心全新装修的科博中心（Cobo Center）举办的车展却没有什么生动抢眼或激动人心的东西。周一早上八点半左右，美国人最爱的汽车——福特F系列皮卡最新款闪亮登场，现场烟花齐放，一片欢腾。不过，缺席这场盛会的要素也同样引人关注。
Falling immediately after the holiday news lull every year, the Detroit auto show commands an outsize share of media attention. Along with the Super Bowl and the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, the presence of all that new technology and shiny sheet metal creates a welcome distraction from mid-winter blahs. But despite a rebound in auto sales, this year's show, in the newly refurbished Cobo Center in downtown Detroit, was devoid of much drama or excitement. After the fireworks that surrounded the unveiling of the latest version of America's favorite vehicle, the Ford F-series pickup, at around 8:30 a.m. Monday morning, the show was almost as notable for what was missing as what was there.