Traversing the exhibits at the 1999 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), held during the second week of January in Detroit, one couldn't help but notice three of them. Warm pastels invited patrons into the Nissan exhibit. Floating wings hovered over the Mercedes area. And the massive Ford exhibit was seemingly endless. Ford featured a 400' (122m) honey-colored wood staircase at the south end of the exhibit, which led the public up to a 400' metallic bridge that spanned the length ...

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