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Automakers are flush with profits and the show gleams with performance cars, beefy trucks and exciting experiments, from plug-in hybrids to cars carved by a 3-D printer.That could prompt automakers to offer deals, particularly on small and midsize cars.Even record recalls that involved 60 million cars and trucks in the U.S. last year seem to have faded in consumers' minds. The health of the car industry can be measured by the number of growling, preening performance cars on the show floor. Ford revealed its 600-horsepower GT while Acura showed off its NSX hybrid supercar. Cadillac, BMW, Mercedes, Lexus and Porsche introduced new performance vehicles. Ford hopes that shows buyers that an EcoBoost engine has enough power for their own pickup or SUV.Cheaper gas gives consumers more money to spend on other things – like cars. And it has helped fuel a truck and SUV boom that benefits Detroit automakers the most. Despite the tough sales environment for green cars, automakers are pressing ahead.
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