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Michigan governor tours Detroit auto show

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DETROIT — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says the innovation on display at the North American International Auto Show offers inspiration for how Michigan can deal with its economic challenges.

The Republican, who took office this month, toured the exhibits Tuesday. He checked out the latest offerings from automakers including General Motors, Ford, Toyota and Hyundai, and got a personal tour of Chrysler's display from Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne, who also runs Chrysler.

During the visit, Snyder said he met Monday in Washington with White House officials and cabinet secretaries to discuss issues facing the state.

Snyder says the auto industry has looked to innovation amid "challenging times." He was joined on the tour by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and others. The show opens to the public Saturday and runs through Jan. 23.