No warm memories from Detroit’s final winter auto show

Press days at the Detroit auto show used to be a three-day avalanche of news, elaborate stunts (no one will ever forget Chrysler driving 120 head of cattle through the streets to promote a new pickup) and celebrity cameos. One year, General Motors even kicked things off the night before with an star-studded runway fashion show hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

This year, the last for the show in its current form before it becomes an indoor/outdoor summer event for 2020, everything was pretty much winding down by lunchtime on the very first day. The biggest “celebrities” were Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess and Toyota Motor Corp. CEO Akio Toyoda, who made surprise appearances.