A model climbs out of an Audi during the New York International Auto Show. Don Emmert /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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An auto detailer polishes the new 2012 Volkswagen Beetle on the floor of the New York International Auto Show. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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A security guard stands near the Toyota exhibit at the 2011 New York International Auto Show on Thursday. Mary Altaffer/AP hide caption

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Protesters gather at the Ohio Statehouse on April 9 to help launch the campaign to get a referendum on Ohio's Senate Bill 5, which curtails public workers' collective bargaining rights. Jay LaPrete/AP hide caption

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill that will cut the amount of time a worker can get unemployment. Cliff Owen/AP hide caption

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The Chevrolet Aveo is one of the smaller, more fuel-efficient cars American automakers have rolled out. Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A potential customer walks past a row of cars for sale at the CarMax dealership in Oak Lawn, Ill. M Spencer Green/AP hide caption

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Film director Irvin Kershner (right) and actor Peter Weller talk on the set of "Robocop II." Deana Newcomb/AP hide caption

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Yelena Gaziyan has worked at TD Industrial Coverings for more than seven years and is now the work leader for sewing jeans. Courtesy of Motor City Denim hide caption

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Ford CEO Alan Mulally, pictured with the 2011 Ford Focus, is credited with turning the company around. But analysts say the automaker still faces formidable challenges ahead. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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The producers behind Gran Torino, starring Clint Eastwood (left) and Bee Vang, were lured to Michigan thanks to nearly $100 million in tax credits the state first offered in 2008. Anthony Michael Rivetti/Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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The Chevrolet Volt was named the North American Car of the Year. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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