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WJR Auto Report: Jan. 8, 2001

Hold onto your cupholders — the Detroit auto show will be covering a lot of ground this year.

The hot nostalgia ticket will be the rollout of Volkswagen’s Microbus concept, a modern update of the legendary hippie van. General Motors will be lifting the covers on an assortment of so-called crossover vehicles, and there’s likely to be a lot of interest in the sporty Chevy Borrego, just one of several GM prototypes that may eventually wind up in dealer showrooms.

Among others likely to go from concept to production? Honda’s quirky Model X, and the RS-X, a thinly disguised version of the next-generation Acura Integra. The Japanese will be flooding Cobo with light trucks, including Nissan’s first, full-sized pickup. DaimlerChrysler will fight back with an all-new version of the Ram truck, as well as the new Liberty sport-ute. In all, more than 50 production and concept cars will take their bow at Cobo during the two-week run of the North American International Auto Show.

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