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Why did they win? Krebs and McElroy talk Car, Truck of the Year

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By Fox 2 News Staff

DETROIT (WJBK) -- Fox 2's Murray Feldman talked with Michelle Krebs from Edmunds.com and John McElroy from Autoline and WWJ Newsradio 950 about their overall impressions of the 2013 North American International Auto Show, as well as the new Corvette and the North American Car and Truck of the Year.

Here are some highlights:

On overall impressions of the auto show...

KREBS: Everybody's very upbeat because we're coming off a great year, a few great years, and this year's going to be even better from what we see and lots of great product.  Smorgasbord of all kinds of different products.

MCELROY: The American market's one of the strongest markets in the world right now.  Everybody playing in this playground is making money.  All the executives have smiles on their faces.  They're going to make their bonus this year.  So when you see that kind of an attitude, they spend more money on their displays.  You can see the millions of dollars that were spent here in Cobo Hall because everyone's on an upswing right now in the American market.  Talking with some of the Europeans, they're going jeez, you know, four years ago you guys were flat on your backs and we were doing good.  Now it's completely flipped around and they're astonished we've recovered as quickly as we have.

On whether the 2014 Chevy Corvette is over hyped...

MCELROY: There were 2,000 people there, so they tell us, on Sunday night when they unveiled that thing at the Russell Industrial Center.  I'm told, too, there was something like 160,000, 165,000 people watching it live online.  So that's not over hype.  There's that much interest out there, especially in the U.S. but even worldwide....  They kept a pretty tight lid on what this thing looked like.  Everybody wanted to see it and so that's why we all were there in mass to see the unveiling.

On the Cadillac ATS winning Car of the Year...

MCELROY: It was a terrific field, all very, very good cars.  So for me, it actually didn't come down to saying the ATS is the best.  My view of it was this.  Look, the Ford Fusion, very good car, but it's had some recalls.  I'm sorry I can't vote for a Car of the Year that's been recalled.  The Honda Accord's really good, but it sort of gets Honda back to where it should've been all along.  The ATS really moves the needle for Cadillac and that's why I voted for it.

KREBS: It's a car in a space that Cadillac has not been before.  It's smaller.  It's going directly after the BMW 3 Series.  And we always tend to vote on cars that like break new ground for that company or the industry.

On the Ram 1500 winning Truck of the Year...

KREBS: They did a tremendous job.  That was actually not supposed to be an all-new vehicle.  That was a mid-cycle refresh, and Chrysler smartly said let's spend a bunch of money and they did a lot of work on that vehicle.  It's terrific.  And I think they're coming into the market at a great time because we think this will be the year of the truck.  Housing starts are coming back and that is a big indicator for truck sales.

Click on the video above to watch the discussion in its entirety.  Krebs and McElroy talk more about the Cadillac ATS, the Chinese returning to the auto show and why the Ford Fusion didn't win Car of the Year.

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