News Summary: Carmakers upbeat at Frankfurt show

News Summary: Carmakers strike an upbeat note in Frankfurt as US powers sales, Europe lags

Associated Press

MOVING ON: Driven by booming sales in the United States and continuing strength in China, auto manufacturers are moving on from the global recession that crushed demand for new vehicles for years.

EUROPE'S DOLDRUMS: The severity of the downturn still hampering automakers in Europe can be found in what is considered, in context, good news at the Frankfurt Auto Show. European sales appear to be halting their steep decline. No significant rebound is expected this year or next, however.

HOT TRENDS: Major themes at Frankfurt include electric and hybrid autos, often in higher performance and price categories, and small SUVs, an increasingly popular category in Europe. Autonomous driving is also a big topic of discussion.

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