Kentucky leaders at Detroit auto show

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE TV)- Top political leaders in Kentucky are in Detroit for the annual North American International Auto Show.  Mayor Greg Fischer is scheduled to meet with Ford execs and Governor Steve Beshear is making the rounds with all three Kentucky Automobile makers.

The annual auto unveil party is the place where leaders make connections that fuel the industry's future.  Fischer and Beshear want to make sure that future maintains a straight path to the plants here and to do, the needs of consumers are a top priority.

Traveling along I-65 in Louisville, Robert Donald says about gas prices, "they too high."  At the same gas pump where he's filling up for $3.43 a gallon, Rick McClure echoes the frustration, "it's been rough, 3.43 a gallon is, yeah, hurts."

At Ford's Louisville Assembly Plant, workers are back at work since December building a new Escape that will reportedly travel the distance in terms of fuel efficiency."  At the Downtown Ford dealership, Sales Manager Jeremy Jones is excited about the SUV's new sales pitch.  "I'm going to say 30 miles per gallon plus," Jeremy Jones said.

Louisville Assembly Plant is back at work thanks to a shared 1.2 Billion Dollar Ford investment with the Kentucky Truck Plant.  The project was just named the 2011 Economic Development Deal of the Year by Business Facilities Magazine.

With Ford, GM and Toyota all making cars in the state, Kentucky is producing almost 10% of cars and trucks in the U.S.  And pitching products consumers will hopefully buy.