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MainStreet) -- The 2012 Detroit Auto Show sent a clear message: Detroit is back.
Auto sales continue to trend upward after two years of gains. The Detroit Three are all profitable and all three gained market share in 2011 -- partially because of one-time woes that befell their principal competitors.
The mood of this year's show was positive, said
Ford(F - Get Report) CFO Louis Booth in an interview. "You can see two things so far," Booth said on the second day of the auto show press preview. "One is lots of great products launched by all manufacturers. The other is a continued strong emphasis on fuel economy, which is increasingly important to customers."
Commenting on the new Ford Fusion, Karl Brauer, editor of the TotalCarScore a car comparison site, noted that most new cars today are well-made and reliable. "Design is one of the most important things right now," Brauer said. "It's all that's left, because nearly every new car is dependable, comfortable and safe."
Here is our list of the top six cars from major manufacturers that were unveiled at the show.