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When you attend auto shows around the world, you quickly realize they're not just about fast and flashy cars. Petrina Gentile looks for a few good men

While covering auto shows in Frankfurt, Paris, Bologna, New York, Los Angeles, and Detroit, I’ve discovered that they’re not just about the flashy, fancy, fast cars. They’re also about the sexy, scantily clad female models – an image that transcends all language barriers.But after a decade of covering cars I wonder, where’s the male eye candy? With women influencing most car-buying decisions, you’d think manufacturers would market to them too. It’s my quest to find the guy candy in Motor City. But first, the highlights: the girls of the 2014 North American International Auto Show.


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Nestled in Detroit’s Cobo Center, a model poses in front of a Lincoln MKC crossover at the NAIAS.

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Another stunning model beside this sharp-looking Cadillac CTS.

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There’s no shortage of women like this blond-haired diva posing in front of the Bentley New Flying Spur. Unfortunately, still no sign of male models at the 2014 NAIAS.

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Here’s double the pleasure, double the fun. Two stunning blonds take centre stage – the Porsche Macan, a mere after thought.

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I’m getting depressed. Where are all the male models? Few and far between. Instead, here’s another beauty with the new Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge.


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Ladies rejoice! I found one – a male model posing with an all-electric Smart Car – a custom order, special edition Jeremy Scott version. It only took 45 minutes to find him!

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Back to the women – so many images to choose from, but this dark-eyed model with the Audi A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid makes the cut.

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A blast from the past – another beauty next to a Dodge Challenger RT. Let’s hope she doesn’t drive with those boots!


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Here’s the Challenger’s partner in crime.

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Finally, another male model in front of the Mini! Disappointing, only two men out of ten. Maybe I’ll have better luck at the Geneva International Motor Show in March. Stay tuned.

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