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DETROIT, MI (WNEM) -

It's the third day of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and the industry preview begins Wednesday. 

Automotive professionals representing almost 2,000 companies will gather to share insights and make new connections.

The networking opportunity brings together the latest automotive products and services with the key minds behind them under one roof.

The White House says Vice President Joe Biden will be at the auto show on Thursday.

Biden will discuss the future of the U.S. auto industry and highlight its recovery following the 2009 federal bailout.

The government sold its final shares of GM last month.

Gov. Rick Snyder might have some of those new cars on a shopping list. While visiting the show he said the state manufactured more than 2 million cars last year, the highest number since 2005.

The governor said the improving numbers reflect a resurgent industry and improving state economy.

He says auto suppliers are reconsolidating operations in Michigan, bringing back production from other locations.

Snyder also reported progress on a program he promoted at last year's auto show that encourages state companies to do business with each other.

There's lots of buzz surrounding the smart cars at the auto show, but it's not just the vehicles that are turning heads. Instead it's a beaming show model who's drawing all the attention.

Jennifer Parmenter so happens to be very pregnant, six and a half months along. Parmenter says that she has a stool to sit on when she gets tired and so far, so good.

Many women at the show praise the model's employer for bringing real women to the show.

The auto show continues with more of the industry preview. Then the charity preview begins on Friday. On Saturday, the show opens to the public.

The NAIAS will continue until Jan. 26.

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