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Detroit, Michigan<br />
USA<br />
January 16, 2010<br />
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Auto union leaders and union members who recently lost their jobs in the Fiat/Chrysler merger hold a demonstration outside the  North American International Auto Show at the Cob center in Detroit. <br />
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Following a disastrous year that saw GM and Chrysler LLC forced into government-led bankruptcy. U.S. auto sales plunged to 39 percent below a peak in 2005 during the recent ill-founded economic boom. The big, unanswered question here, however, is what the U.S. economy will do following its longest, deepest downturn since the 1930s.<br />
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Chrysler's exhibit on the convention floor was  dramatically scaled back from previous years. Chrysler's appearance, on the other hand, was more of a car wreck, critics said during press previews.