This year’s North America International Auto Show kicked off the season showcasing the urban chic side of the auto industry. Beyond just providing dazzling cars, high-tech displays and models at this year’s show, GM was extremely instrumental in helping to highlight the stars behind the cars … African Americans who had a major hand in driving the industry over the past year.

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