Detroit’s auto show has reached the end of the road

An older model Ford Mustang sits on cinder blocks with missing wheels near an abandoned apartment building in Detroit, Michigan January 7, 2015. Detroit, also known as the Motor City, is the historic hub of automobile manufacturing in the United States. A federal judge in December 2013 formally declared the city bankrupt but it won court approval to exit bankruptcy last November. Once the proud symbol of U.S. industrial strength, Detroit fell on hard times after decades of population loss, rampant debt and financial mismanagement left it struggling to provide basic services to residents. The Detroit car show, formally the North American International Auto Show, is being held for the 26th year and represents the turn in the city's fortune with 2014 being the best year for U.S. car sales since 2006. Reuters photographer Joshua Lott documented old or damaged cars, a common element in a series of cityscapes in the former automobile industry giant. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES - Tags: TRANSPORT CITYSCAPE SOCIETY BUSINESS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 01 OF 16 FOR WIDER IMAGE PACKAGE 'WRECKED IN DETROIT' TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'CITYSCAPES LOTT' - LM2EB1D0JVA01

There wasn’t much to show at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this month. Only 30 new cars launched in front of sometimes nearly empty convention halls, down from 69 the year before. Many name brands didn’t bother to show up. Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo,

Source: Quartz