DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – New cars, trend-setting concept cars and a stop from President Barack Obama created a buzz at this year’s auto show – helping nudge attendance numbers up from last year.

Sunday’s finish of 104,263 attendees brought the total ticketed attendance to 815,575 edging out last year’s total of 808,775.

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Rod Nelson of Birmingham among the thousands who have milled past the displays and exhibits … though he doesn’t really consider himself to be a “car guy.”

“But I have a master’s degree in science and I like the technology aspect, I have trouble finding answers — because the technician guys all stump the technician.

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Nelson is especially interested in the autonomous technology he expects will be more common in vehicles in the next five years.

After a quick tour of the North American International Auto Show Wednesday, the president stopped to speak to auto workers at the UAW GM Center for Human Resources — taking credit for a resurgence in the industry.

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The North American International Auto Show ended Sunday.
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