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International Auto Show in Detroit. It is the biggest automotives stage on

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GAYLE KING: Welcome back to CBS THIS MORNING. Coming up in this half hour, we`re going to take you inside the Detroit Auto Show, where a luxury name is making a comeback.

CHARLIE ROSE: Also, the eighty-eight Annual Academy Award nominations live from Beverly Hills. That is ahead.

NORAH O`DONNELL: Right now. It`s time to show you some of this morning`s headlines from around the globe. The Guardian in London remembers British actor Alan Rickman. His death was confirmed this morning. Rickman had been suffering from cancer. He played Professor Snape in the Harry Potter movies. Rickman was also in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Die Hard. Alan Rickman was sixty-nine.

CHARLIE ROSE: The Wall Street Journal reports on its annual ranking of the best and worst airlines. It says Alaska Airlines was best in 2015, followed by Virgin America and Delta Airlines. In last place, American Airlines. The carrier`s chief operating officers blames issues from the merger with U.S. Airways.

GAYLE KING: And our CBS station in Minneapolis reports that Vikings kicker Blair Walsh will visit the first grades students today who sent him cards after his team`s dramatic lost to Seattle. Walsh missed what would have been a game winning twenty-seven-yard field goal on Sunday. And one student wrote, "We still think you`re awesome." Another told him, "Keep on trying. Puppies are cute." Their teacher said, he thought this was a teachable moment for the kids about empathy and the importance of, you know, winning and losing and that it`s not everything.

NORAH O`DONNELL: What a great teacher.

GAYLE KING: I thought so too.

NORAH O`DONNELL: Right.

CHARLIE ROSE: Great lesson.

GAYLE KING: Yes.

NORAH O`DONNELL: And Walsh is grateful for that.

GAYLE KING: Yes.

NORAH O`DONNELL: Indeed.

GAYLE KING: Yes.

NORAH O`DONNELL: A record seventeen and a half million vehicles were sold in the U.S. in 2015 helped by cheap gas and low interest rates. Next year`s crop of cars are on display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It is the biggest automo-- automotives stage on the continent. About forty concept and production vehicles from the world`s largest carmakers make their worldwide debut. And the show opens to everyone on Saturday, but transportation correspondent Kris Van Cleave got a sneak preview of what`s driving the cars of tomorrow.

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KRIS VAN CLEAVE (CBS News Transportation Correspondent): It has the feel of a fashion show. But the models are measured in tons, and the designs, think metallic chic. Just unveiled, the return of Lincoln`s famed Continental, it will be the flagship of Ford`s luxury brand. CEO Mark Fields.

MARK FIELDS: We are using the Lincoln Continental to really express what we call quiet luxury.

MAN: Ladies and gentlemen.

KRIS VAN CLEAVE: Lexus wasn`t being quiet with this debut. Volvo and Mercedes are pushing safety. The E300 sedan can even do much of the driving for you.

Concept cars like this one from Buick are fan favorites, part of the reason more than eight hundred thousand people come to this show. But also on display this year are fundamental changes going on in the auto business.

WOMAN: So nice.

TIM STEVENS (CNET, Editor At Large): They`re seeing the writing on the wall that as autonomy comes out, as ultimately people are sharing more and more cars, they`re going to be interacting and they may not even be purchasing cars-- it`s going to be a whole different world for them.

KRIS VAN CLEAVE: GM designed its new fully electric Chevy Bolt for that different world. It can travel more than two hundred miles on a charge and costs under thirty grand.

PAMELA FLETCHER (General Motors Electrified Vehicles): Electrification is the basis to now layer on additional capabilities.

KRIS VAN CLEAVE: Getting a slice of the 5.3 trillion dollar transportation services pie means smarter cars, collecting your personal data.

MARK FIELDS: We`re a technology company and more and more, we`re becoming an information company.

KRIS VAN CLEAVE: Are you talking about tracking where I`m going and what I`m doing?

MARK FIELDS: Well, this is not about tracking individual customers, this is about customers electing to share their data with us so that in the aggregate, we can discern patterns there.

KRIS VAN CLEAVE: Patterns in a business where everything is changing.

For CBS THIS MORNING, Kris Van Cleave, Detroit, Michigan.

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GAYLE KING: That Buick was slick looking.

NORAH O`DONNELL: So cool. My birthday is coming up. My birthday is coming up. Just if anybody has any ideas.

GAYLE KING: On Charlie`s birthday, he gave presents so we will be waiting. Buick was like that commercial, hey, is that a Buick? And the Lincoln look good, too.

CHARLIE ROSE: Yeah. I liked the Lincoln.

NORAH O`DONNELL: Okay.

GAYLE KING: What`s to choose from? Lots of price points, too.

Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence and Lily Tomlin, those are just some of the actresses that are about to find out, minutes away, if they are getting an Oscar nomination.

NORAH O`DONNELL: Woohoo.

GAYLE KING: We bring you the big announcements live.

But first--you`re right, Norah. Whoohoo is right--a check of your local weather.

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